Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ★★★

A fitting, emotional close to the seminal Skywalker saga. Writer/Director J.J. Abrams redeems the franchise from the divisive film that preceded this with this final entry. There are still questions that abound coming out of this film, but the story does a nice job of tying up a lot of loose ends and delivering a ton of emotion in it's second half. Indeed, there is a point where it dawned on me that this story that had been unfolding for over 40 years was coming to a close. In that sense, this is an admirable close to the saga.

All of that being said, this does feel a but anti-climactic, with much of the focus on correcting course from TLJ and wrapping up this trilogy AND wrapping up the full saga. There are plot holes galore and the more time I have to process this film, the more dissatisfied I become with it. Granted there was a lot to be covered in this final film but the redundant reliance on nostalgia to help propel the story along as well as a half-assed cobbling of Rey's background all make the last three films an exercise in futility.