Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Release Year: 2019
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: J.J. Abrams (story & screenplay), Chris Terrio (story & screenplay), Derek Connolly (story), Colin Trevorrow (story), George Lucas (characters)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Shirley Henderson
The emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) returns and the Resistance faces the First Order once more in a final battle as the Skywalker saga comes to a close.
J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Epiode VII: The Force Awakens, 2015) returns to conclude the latest Star Wars trilogy and final chapter in the Skywalker saga that began 42 years ago with George Lucas’s original Star Wars (1977). Considering the massive fanbase, which spans generations, and the surprising turns in The Last Jedi (2017), expectations were naturally higher than any film could possibly meet. As a result, The Rise of Skywalker will probably not satisfy anyone completely, but it is nonetheless a pretty good effort. The trio that worked so well in The Force Awakens (Ridley’s Rey, Boyega’s Finn, and Isaac’s Poe) are given plenty of time together again, while Driver (Silence, 2016) continues to captivate as Kylo Ren, arguably the most interesting character of the new trilogy. However, the first half of the film does feel a bit like things we have seen before, and the revelation of Rey’s identity is drawn out a bit too long considering that we have been waiting fto now more about her background since 2015. But, but, but, the final 45 minutes are spectacular. John Williams’s score soars, loose ends are tied up, and all the strand of the past films come together during a clima that cuts between a tense character scene and a spectacular battle. Is it all it could be? Maybe not quite, but it is really close. I certainly had goosebumps and a tear in my eye. A beautiful film to look at that packs a real emotional punch in its final act. Highly recommended.
The old Sith droid D-O is voiced by director J.J. Abrams.
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