Portland Movie Club Reviews - Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker

Like serial adventure fantasy swashbucklers of the past Star Wars The Rise of Skywalk is a tale of the people born from under unlucky stars trying their best to be better people. Compassionate individuals trying to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves. The overall plot of nine whole films leads us to this truth. Two houses; One from affluence, one from abject poverty and a slave. The later always manipulating the other. In a tale I can only see as the dark loop of time in the tale of the privileged selfish few wishing to subjugate and abuse and dictate suffering to those they see as their lessers.

The film wraps the final trilogy for the anthology of films that have left their mark forever on society. While sprawling and sometimes disjointed, a the message from this series is the forever struggle of revolution against death cult ideologies. The hard struggle against their calculated sadism and relished cruelty they envoke on the agents of intersectional democracy; to break their strength via compassion and empathy and diversity.

Its narrative while rudimentary is about one thing, hope finds light when we realize we don’t exist in suffering and oppression alone. We must cling to diverse solidarity. In this solidarity the forces of light flourish, while the forces of darkness only serve to extinguish life.

But no one in the light can operate without knowing balance comes at a cost. Its blood, sweat, and tears. It’s about remembering daily how things can so easily go south. How trying to stop potential villains and enemies can just create a paradox and self-fulfilling that creates even worse villains and enemies. A message similarly mirrored from the prequels about being present in the living force verse trying to read into the future.

Of all the Star Wars main films in my life time this is the first one to truly bring me to tears. It’s one about the concepts of, “how do you come back if you turned to hate?” Even if you come back you must forever make penance. You don’t get to live a normal life after the suffering you made manifest. But do what you can to atone. Do what you can to support the lighter side of our nature. Be the mentor, be the shield, be the wall that holds back the storms. You will not get thanks, you will not get riches, you will not get joy, But you will know you lived a meaningful life, one where your purpose was to defend the ability of others like you to have a chance to make the world better too; no matter who or what they were. Droid, Alien, Human, or Beast; all sentient life deserves to learn and grow. But you must maintain a collectively cultivated balance, to maintain a homeostasis, maintain an equilibrium. For it is in the polarization or imbalance that chaos reigns and suffering truly never ends; and evil, true evil festers and grows and gains power.

Keep the balance and when possible make sure you have more then just light and dark. The world is far more diverse than binary options. It has so many lovely shades of color over the gambit of colors. Find a center and never go to extremes of any ideology. Find the universality of all ideologies but make sure it is tempered with universal compassion as well.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Starting: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams

Director: J. J. Abrams

Release date: December 20, 2019 (United States)

Score: 8.5 / 10