Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker spoiler warning.
While anti-heroes are all the rage, I must admit that I struggle with them. I love a darkish hero, but when it comes to a redeemed villain, I just don't know what to do with them. When Regina wanted to go good on Once Upon a Time, I was thrilled but also thought she didn't deserve to just start being happy after murdering so many people. I think the prison system we have is deeply flawed, so what do you do with that?
That's how I'm feeling about Ben Solo, whose head I've been calling for ever since he murdered my second-favorite character and his father, Han, in Episode VII. In the final installment of Star Wars (which was fun, but didn't feel finished, or at least as if it finished the saga), Ben is changed by the death of his mother and the actions of Rey, and he gives his life to save her. There are some definite feels and I found myself really liking him, but how do you reconcile that with all of the lives he's already destroyed?
I don't know the answer to that, but I know I could watch this mashup of some of his final scenes with the 80s hit "Holding Out for a Hero." Bonnie Tyler's anthem worked well in Footloose and Shrek 2, and it works just as well here! It's one of our beloved 80s songs that withstands the test of time, and it works here even if I'm still feeling conflicted.
What did you think of the movie? Were you satisfied with how it ended the saga?