The finale to the Skywalker saga caps off the "sequel" trilogy in a sloppy, yet exhilarating fashion. J.J. Abrams returns after directing "The Force Awakens" and there is some clear creative differences between his and Rian Johnson's interpretation of the Star Wars universe. Several things introduced or discussed in "The Last Jedi" are disregarded or changed which makes the whole new trilogy feel discombobulated and clunky. As for the specifics to "The Rise of Skywalker," there are some good things, and some bad, as there is with most of the installments in this franchise. I found the dialogue to be corny and sometimes just pointless. There are so many instances in this film where the characters get unrealistically lucky to move the plot forward, which I equate to subpar writing and drafting. Rey has been labeled by some fans as a "Mary Sue" and in this film I felt that she encountered some real temptation from the Dark Side and it makes her character a bit more interesting and not a "Mary Sue." Daisy Ridley has grown into the role very well and delivers a good performance. Kylo Ren had the best arc in this trilogy and Adam Driver does great as Ren. The action sequences are fun and are enhanced by another great score by John Williams. I thought this film is well-acted and visually great. However, the writing, both dialogue and story, just cause a lot of problems not only in this film but for the trilogy as a whole. I enjoyed this film more than TLJ. Overall, I give this film a 6.5/10.