Watched it for a third time and still want to talk about it…So bring on the spoilers!
Kylo Ren has found a device called the Sith Finder and with it has located a voice he has been hearing. It’s none other than Palpatine, who reveals that he has always been in Kylo’s head, and Snoke was nothing more than a puppet. Palpatine tells Kylo Ren that he must kill Rey who just happens to be his granddaughter.
Rey has continued her training with the help of Leia and before I go on I have to say that what they were able to do with unused footage of Carrie Fisher was amazing. Her farewell couldn’t have been done more eloquently. Rey learns about the Sith Finder through Luke’s journals and Finn and Poe tag along to retrieve it. Which leads them to come face to face with Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). It was great to see him back especially when he gets behind the Millennium Falcon along side Chewie.
On the planet Paasana Rey and Kylo have another Force connection and end up coming face to face. But Rey is distracted when Chewie is taken by the First Order and trying to bring the ship back using the force, Kylo pushes Rey to unleash electric spark towards the ship, exploding it. Rey has seen a vision of her turning to the dark side and it’s getting harder and harder to stay focused when Kylo continues to push her in revealing what she has always known.
The trio find out that Chewie is still alive and he’s on Kylo’s ship, so they go on a rescue mission. The movie is on a constant move and some people have said that the pacing is either too fast or just weird feeling, whatever that may mean. For me it feels exactly what the characters are feeling. It’s action from beginning to end. This is war, no time for rest! Rey is determined to locate the Sith Finder but with the translation that’s on the dagger could on be read if C3-PO gets a full memory wipe, which they end up doing. What I will say is this movie had me on edge way, way too many times.
Translated the trio arrive where the first Death Star crashed. Rey not wanting to wait goes alone and has an epic battle with Kylo Ren. Just as she starts to break down from exhaustion Leia uses all of her strength to reach her son. Kylo Ren feels the fading of his mother and Rey uses that distraction to stab him with his lightsaber, only to realize that Leia has died. Rey looks at Kylo and heals him and telling him that she did want to take his hand, Ben’s hand and flies away. Here is the moment where Kylo Ren became Ben Solo. Standing on the edge of the Death Star he hears a voice of none other than his father Han Solo.
I lost it! How they were able to convince Harrison Ford to return, I will never know but it made for a very power Harry Potter themed conversation. Why Harry Potter? Well Ben knows that what he’s witnessing is nothing more than a dream but it’s a conversation that he wished he had with his father instead of what ended up happening in the Force Awakens. You now like Harry had with Dumblebore in his dream. Ben then tearfully says “Dad” and Han replies with “I know” which just couldn’t have been more prefect!
Ben Solo returns and throws his lightsaber into the ocean. Ultimately confirming the death of Kylo Ren.
Rey returns to the island from the Last Jedi and just as she’s about to throw the Luke’s lightsaber, Luke’s force ghost appears telling her that a lightsaber should be respected, which is the biggest diss to episode 8. Luke tells Rey that Leia had a vision of her son’s death on the last day of her training. Luke gives his lightsaber and Leia’s for her to take with her when she faces Palpatine. Luke then uses the force to bring out his X-wing out of the water which would make Yoda proud.
Using Luke’s X-wing Rey heads to face Palpatine and the team locate her codes (using Google maps located sharing) and follow her to help destroy the hundreds of ships that Palpatine has risen. Coming face to face with Palpatine aka her grandfather, Rey is in a quite a pickle when she learns that if she kills him all the siths would go to her. So let the evil bastard live and have her friends die or turn into something she fears. Just then Palpatine opens up his skylight to show Rey of the war going outside, just like he did with Luke.
Outside Poe is losing hope when no one shows up to help, but then Lando arrives with a every ship ever known riding right behind him ready to fight. Which was just a cool sight, especially when Wedge popped into the screen!
Rey is struggling with her decision when outside Ben is rushing in to help her. Ben is met with the Knight of Ren and they rough him up. Just in time Rey senses him and passes her lightsaber through their bond and a glorious moment when Ben shows off his lightsaber and does a total Han Solo gesture shrug and kills the Knights. Rey and Ben are now side by side ready to take on Palpatine.
But Palpatine hooked on so much Sith mojo takes their force energy, which allows him to heal and knocking them out cold. Ben wakes up only to be knocked off a ledge, Rey wakes up and begs to the jedis to be with her. Hearing the voices of Luke, Anakin, Mace, Yoda, both Obi-wans, Unduli, Ahsoka, Aayla, Adi, Kanan and Qui-Gon. Using every last bit of strength left, Rey stands and destroys Palpatine and falls to her death. Ben manages to pull himself out of the ledge and holds Rey in his arms. Knowing that he can force heal her, he does and brings her back and here, ladies and gents my ship was finally created. Rey says “Ben” and smiles as does Ben and share a kiss, only for him to fall and become one with the force.
When Palpatine took their force energy they had enough to survive but not to give, and knowing that Ben sacrificed himself to save Rey, someone who he ultimately fell in love with.
Back the Resistance base, everyone celebrates their victory and Rey, Finn and Poe embrace. Maz gives Chewie something that should have been given to him long ago…his medallion.
Rey goes to Luke’s homeland in Tatooine and buries Luke’s and Leia’s lightsaber and taking out her own lightsaber that looks similar to her staff and the color yellow. Just then a woman who was passing by asks who she was, and Rey hesitant, looks out and sees Luke and Leia’s force ghost and tells her, “Rey Skywalker.” Which to me mean the final slap to Palpatine. He’s name is gone and Skywalker, though died with Luke, will still live on with Rey and continuing their legacy.
The movie had great movements, and I definitely cried from beginning to end. It ended as it began in 1977 and you can say what you hated and what you wished they could have done, but to me, and I say ME, I truly loved it. It was a beautiful end to not just Leia but Carrie Fisher, a redemption story Luke always believed in, Rey is a total bad ass, friendship and conflicts and every thing I love in Star Wars.
I’m still no over the fact it’s truly over and I might never be but I do believe JJ Abrams worked with what he had and to the best of his ability created a Star Wars story worth telling and he did a great job. It’s a movie I have watched three times in theaters and it’s better each time. Does it beat the originals, no, never but I didn’t expect it to. I expect a good movie with an end to a 40 year old tell, and I got that.
Star Wars has my soul, and you might say I could be blinded by that but that didn’t help with The Clone Wars or Solo. Movies have flaws, even Star Wars but I must give credit when credit is due, and this movie had me entertained, I cried a lot, laughed and said goodbye to characters I have grown up with and new ones I’ve grown to love.