STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker (SPOILERS)


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STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker

Daniel Padilla, Staff Writer

There is a new Star Wars movie that has hit the movie theaters called “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which has already made more than 500 million dollars.

The movie starts off with Kylo Ren going to see Emperor Palpatine who has returned. Emperor Palpatine wants Kylo Ren to end Rey before she becomes a huge threat and do what his grandfather, Darth Vader, could not do: to rule the galaxy.

After that, it shows the famous Millenium Falcon on board with Chewbacca, Poe and Finn trying to get the map to find a dagger that has the secret sith writings on it. TIE fighters come to destroy the Millenium Falcon, and you get a dog fight with the Millennium Falcon jumping into light speed about every 10 seconds. They are finding themselves in different places in the galaxy, and this is when the movie begins.

According to, “Critics didn’t love The Rise of Skywalker, many calling it more or less what Abrams said it would be: a movie more preoccupied with pleasing fans than telling an ambitious story.”

This Star Wars movie had the surprising return of Han Solo, starring Harrison Ford. Ford does not like playing Han Solo and specified that in interviews. On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Ford stated, “I did it for the money.”

When fans were asking Ford about Han Solo during an interview with TNH, he also mentioned that he wants “nothing to do with it in the nicest possible way.”  

Due to the recent tragic death of Carrie Fisher, her character Princess Leia was brought to life using CGI and old clips from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” However, Princess Leia appeared as a Jedi with a light saber in this newer film.

Mr.Bay, a McAuliffe teacher, who is a fan and has a Star Wars club on campus, explained his thoughts on the new movie, “I thought it was a return of a simple storytelling of the original films.” When asked about the return of Harrison Ford as Han solo, he added, “I thought it was a treat for long-time fans.”  

However, Mr. Bay’s reaction to the plot of Emperor Palpatine’s return was, “It was an awkward story moment and they should have gone with a different story mark.” He also added, “I think that Rey and Ben Solo should have not kissed at the end because they already had a close connection.”

Jackson Gill, a McAuliffe seventh grade student, added his thoughts, “I did like it, but it was not the best film.”

Overall, this new Star Wars was controversial in that fans differ on whether it made the saga better or worse. Even director J.J. Abrams remarked that some people may like the new film and some may not. If you have seen the “The Rise of Skywalker,” leave your thoughts on the movie below.