I love Star Wars and I know a lot of other people do too, millions in fact, all across the world. Despite all the love, there’s still plenty of hate and anger. I’d like to do my part to remedy that malice with a little celebration of my own by highlighting things about Star Wars that bring me joy.
Each week I’ll discuss something different and topics won’t necessarily be related to divisive conversation. Instead, I’ll reflect on anything Star Wars that makes me smile. This week, I’ll be discussing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
I found The Rise of Skywalker to be fundamentally flawed. Wait isn’t this supposed to be all about positivity? You’re absolutely right but hold on. While I had several issues with the film there was something about it that captivated me. Despite my misgivings it genuinely reignited my love for Star Wars. Now this isn’t to say I hated The Last Jedi – on the contrary I’ve come to enjoy that entry more and more as time goes on. Still, there was something about The Rise of Skywalker that made me sit up and pay attention again.
Maybe it was lightsaber wielding Princess Leia, Babu Frik, hyperspace skipping, Billy Dee Williams looking pleased as punch to be there or countless other examples of fun found within the movie. There was just something, many things that drove me to wear a smile as I watched the ninth installment of the Skywalker saga.
Whatever the truth is, I’m not sure even I know, it reminded me that loving Star Wars is okay. Sure maybe the movie isn’t perfect in my opinion but that doesn’t matter. Love it anyway. That’s the bottom line of any Star Wars movie. You can love it and you should love it without feeling shame or embarrassment. Since the dawn of celluloid there have been infinite movies put to screen from The Arrival of a Train to Wonder Woman 1984. They have all come into our lives offering joy. Take the joy a movie gives you whether it’s The Rise of Skywalker or Gods of Egypt (a guilty pleasure of mine) and celebrate it no matter what anyone says. Movies are subjective so there’s no wrong or right answer as to their quality.
The Rise of Skywalker may not be my favorite Star Wars movie, but the joy it brings others makes me happy. The joy of those other fans makes me see so many things that I can still love about the film. I love Daisy Ridley’s performance; I love that final climatic moment; I love Zorii Bliss….there’s just so much love to go around.
They say, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Perhaps that’s what The Rise of Skywalker was for me; a rising tide. Even with all the negativity surrounding it there was just a wave of support that I couldn’t ignore. That wave sparked a joy that still resonates with me today.
The Rise of Skywalker is a movie fraught with problems (in my opinion) but it’s also something that continues to bring me so much happiness that the happiness is all that matters.