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20th December
2019
written by Adam

Rattled and nearly exterminated, the surviving Resistance face the next wave of terror to take over the galaxy, The Final Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley), following the Jedi path remains psychically tethered to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) of the Sith path. What results when their paths meet again, will history repeat itself? This is the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Back in the hands of Director J.J. Abrams with main writing credits going to Chris Terrio and Abrams this final go round of the Skywalker story is a tricky one to discuss without starting a forest fire in some regard. So, spoiler free, here’s what you need to know: known for terrific sci-fi setups but repeated failed attempts at closing the story/deal J.J. Abrams seems like a chancy go at best to put the bow on this nearly 43 year old franchise, a massive quilt stitched into the fabric of our pop culture society and a story that’s spurred millions of imaginations and their subsequent offshoots, yet that’s the Herculean and near impossible job he’s been tasked with, closing the deal. The end result, a large quantity of nostalgia and fan service, call backs to familiar lines of dialogue, and, scenarios that seem just a few degrees separated from what we’ve already seen. So, it’s more of the same, but a little different, which, to be fair, isn’t too far off from George Lucas’s original intent as explained around episodes 1,2, and 3, roughly, a story about family that repeats itself generation after generation. To that end, nailed it in spades. But, on the backside of that equation what’s particularly disappointing are the tonal mis-matches along the way, points that should have been heart wrenching miss their mark, instead, it’s the smaller moments that have the bigger emotional impact and the two hour and twenty minute return to a galaxy far far away seems long, drawn out, and a bit overextended, even if the intent is to give all our beloved characters a chance to “say goodbye,” the art of leaving the party after the peak but before sunrise definitely seems lost here. Regardless, we all know this film is critic proof, fans will go just the same, perhaps get frustrated just the same, and more importantly continue to dream of how it should have ended….in their own galaxy far far away. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is rated PG-13.

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