12 year old Star Wars fan, Niamh Trainor, answers the critics, telling us why she thinks The Rise of Skywalker is one of the best in the Star Wars series.

It’s been just over a week since the final movie of the new Star Wars trilogy came out, and so far it has seen some pretty mixed reviews! Rotten Tomatoes has given The Rise of Skywalker a low 55%, the worst Star Wars review since The Phantom Menace, which copped a low 53%. But I disagree.

In my opinion, the new Star Wars movie answers all the questions, with twists and turns along the way. Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and Oscar Isaac (Poe) all portray their characters with heart and emotion, while old characters like Lando and Palpatine make a welcome return for the final film of the saga.

Within the first 30 seconds, you find out that Sith Lord Paplatine, who is thought to be dead, is alive. Kylo Ren is on a mission to destroy Palpatine and Rey is training under the watch of General Leia. As the story progresses, questions are answered, including ones about Rey’s mysterious past and her parents.

This movie possesses all the great qualities of the original series, bringing together the ideas of all nine films in a satisfying way. The Rise of Skywalker brings back the real ‘Sith versus Jedi’ conflict of the original trilogy.

The characters are also developed well. In The Force Awakens,  we meet Rey as a scavenger and through The Last Jedi, she and other people often underestimate her powers. By The Rise of Skywalker, Rey unlocks more unknown powers, and is almost scared of herself and who she could become. This is similar to how Luke Skywalker goes through feelings self-doubt in the original trilogy. In The Last Jedi, Luke comes to ‘save the day’, but in this film we see Rey completing her journey as the hero. 

The Rise of Skywalker is under a lot of pressure. Returning to direct after The Force Awakens, J.J Abrams fills the final film of the series with as much action and humour as his first outing. The film does have some imperfections, particularly having to work around Carrie Fisher’s parts as General Leia, using already filmed scenes from before the actor’s death. It’s is also a very action-packed film, so there are a lot of little points you have to pay attention to, otherwise you might not understand some things later on. After seeing the movie for the second time, there were some minor but important details I missed watching it the first time. 

I have been a huge Star Wars fan since I was five years old, and seeing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker perfectly puts an end to the praised saga, with us saying a sad goodbye (for now) to beloved characters new and old. 

Written by Niamh Trainor