By KAYLEE BECKER-GEORGE – The newest installment of the infamous Star Wars Trilogy aired on December 15 in the United States, and it has already proven to be well worth the two-year wait. Rian Johnson, the director, really blew fans away and made 450 million dollars at the box office worldwide in the first weekend since release. The movie received high ratings, with a 93% from Rotten Tomatoes, 7.9/10 from IMDb, and a ⅘ from Common Sense Media.
The Star Wars Trilogy continues the story of characters introduced in The Force Awakens: Rey, a scavenger from the middle of nowhere, Finn, a deserter from the Stormtrooper army, Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the Rebel Alliance, and BB-8, a small droid and great source of comedy. They were joined by characters from the original movies, such as Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO, as well as some new characters.
The plot of the movie is intense and filled with plot twists and complete surprises that even dedicated fans couldn’t guess what was going to happen. There was just the right amount of emotional moments, matched with comedic moments.
Although, as with every movie, there were some issues. Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker, didn’t like the way his character was portrayed. It was also bittersweet for longtime fans of Star Wars to see the late Carrie Fisher on screen again.
Freshman Audra Moore says “My dad and I always nitpick movies in the car on the way home from the theater, and the only real point against it I could come up with without explaining a whole lot is that it’s trying really hard to be the original episodes, even with a new cast of characters.” She then proceeded to rate the movie an 8.5/10.
However, reviews are mostly positive. Freshman Dustin Miller says, “I enjoyed the new Star Wars movie because it was nice to see all the old characters.” Dustin, who is a fan of the Star Wars series, went to see it as soon as it was released. Freshman Kaitlyn Marshall said, “The new Star Wars movie was entertaining to watch.”
Overall the movie was very good, and it definitely deserves its good ratings.