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Movie Title: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac
Run Time: 141
Year: 2019
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"‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’, releases this week as the final note in the Skywalker Saga and the final entry in Disney’s Star Wars trilogy. The film is capping off the trilogy with what is essentially a lot of reparations for the previous entry and an absurd amount of fanservice. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver are all returning as the principal characters of the movie.

This is a Star Wars film so, going into it you can easily expect to see many relevant messages regarding overcoming negative emotions like anger, fear and hatred to find balance and move onto greater things. ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ is no different than its predecessors in that it champions messages about finding light in the darkness, teamwork and the importance of your team-mates and friends, even when you are arguing with one another.

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ follows the conclusion of the previous entry, ‘The Last Jedi’. Following the escape of the survivors of Resistance, our three protagonists Rey, Finn and Poe stand by to pick up what is left of their Resistance to continue the fight against the villainous First Order, now led entirely by the Jedi- trainee turned Sith, Kylo Ren. The film quickly establishes that it holds these new heroes in its spotlight, so if you are holding your breath for large and central appearances from favourites of the original trilogy, I’d recommend avoiding that, as while these characters do return, they only return in a small capacity.

‘The Last Jedi’, this film’s predecessor was incredibly divisive and led to many fans of the franchise completely losing faith in Disney to carry this property forward. As a result of this, it’s clear that the latest entry is intended to serve as a sort of recompense for the majority that were not happy with ‘The Last Jedi’. This heavily affects ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ as throughout the duration of the film, viewers will be bombarded with an excess of nostalgia and fan service that is supposed to remind you, “Hey, look when you used to like Star Wars”. Even the cast is severely let down and underutilised, despite having talents like John Boyega and Adam Driver on board the film, they still could not distract viewers from the clunky dialogue and less than stellar attempts at comic relief. This is increasingly disappointing to me, as Disney has proven to be capable of putting out high calibre Star Wars content with their new Disney+ series, ‘The Mandalorian’. It’s unfortunate that the main series film could not manage to carry forward the conclusion of this almost 50-year saga.

On a brighter note, the film will hopefully manage to provide some sort of catharsis in its conclusion to long-time Star Wars fans, as, despite the incoherent construction, the film does still manage to engage the viewer and marginally satisfy them with an almost lacklustre conclusion.

Ultimately, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ does little to impress between its overt fanservice and heavy-handed approach to ending an iconic saga of cinema.

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Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
Self professed film buff, aspiring writer and comic book geek.
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