Verdict: A sweeping finale packed with action, answers, and emotions.

Forty-two years ago, George Lucas brought a vision to the big screen that fascinated audiences for generations to follow. It spawned movies, television shows, games, novels, and comics. J.J. Abrams began the third Star Wars trilogy with The Force Awakens and now he concludes both the trilogy and the Skywalker saga that began with Episode IV: A New Hope with The Rise of Skywalker.

What’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker About:

Picking up a year after the events of The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker continues the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith. Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the remaining members of the Resistance face the First Order and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

What Works:

As Rey further develops her powers by training under Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo becomes an equally matched opponent. The two of them share a bond through which Kylo tries to bring Rey to the Dark Side. The lightsaber battles between Kylo and Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are glorious to watch. They use the Force in new ways, opening up possibilities that didn’t exist before.

Poe (Oscar Issac), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and BB-8 work together to face their enemies. There’s even a new droid named D-O in the picture and an adorable new alien called Babu Frik (which comes close to the cuteness of Baby Yoda). Poe, Finn, Chewie, and C-3PO get their own stories that contribute to the main plot.

The film also answers many of the questions that were raised in A Force Awakens through some surprising reveals. The action scenes are balanced with the emotional ones. The cinematography is stunning and we get to see new and familiar planets as the film takes frequent stops along the journey. Without giving any spoilers, there’s also plenty in the film to make you nostalgic. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker builds up the events to a climactic fight that is cheer-worthy and ends on a strong note. Last but not the least, John Williams‘ score is as magnificent as ever, heightening the emotional impact of the finale.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The Force Awakens was celebrated and The Last Jedi was divisive. The Rise of Skywalker attempts to balance the fans of both the films by making safe choices, which might not work for all. As it’s the conclusive chapter, the story is also bigger than ever – there’s a lot of ground covered and not enough time to process it.

Why You Should Watch:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might not be the end of Star Wars but it might be the last time you see some of your favorite characters. Catch the epic finale on the biggest screen possible before you come across spoilers on the internet.