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Director :J. J. Abrams
Producer(s) : Kathleen Kennedy and J. J. Abrams
Starring : Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o
Genre : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Release Date : December 20, 2019 (Nigeria)
Awesome-O-Metre : 6.1/10
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues a year after the events of The Last Jedi. The remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.
This, they say, is the end of the Star Wars saga and to be honest, I am not as satisfied as I could have been. I have been a Star Wars fan since when I had a Star Wars lunch box in kindergarten and to see a franchise that I have basically followed all my life end on this note is quite a letdown. Okay, let me stop whining and tell you why I didn’t like this installment. JJ Abrams was so careful in executing this film that he didn’t push the boundaries like many of the other episodes. Just like Marvel did with Avengers: Endgame, JJ Abrams wanted to do fan service and he played it safe and overstuffed it and this dampened the enjoyment. I know that directing Star Wars movies especially the closing installment is quite the burden but I feel this film could have been thinned out a bit more with some less significant sub-plots being abandoned and the more important ones highlighted.
The bloated nature of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is down to the fact that JJ Abrams wanted to tie in a lot of the past films by including callbacks and references. These references ordinarily should appeal to an ardent fan like myself, but to a causal watcher, you will be lost at sea but the truth is, I think the call backs were a bit overdone.
Despite my misgivings with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it still had it good points especially with the CGI which (as usual) is stunning and literally out of this world. Another acme for me is that characters are now fully developed and have come full circle. I am glad with how Kylo Ren, Rey and Finn have evolved as characters and we get to see the true lineage of Rey which (however) is quite the hit or miss. I did feel weird seeing Carrie Fisher after her demise but I think this is a fantastic farewell to such an icon.
You probably may have heard that there is a lesbian kiss in this film, which (un)fortunately, has been censored in Nigeria and other countries outside the US. The kiss has no real impact on the film but to pacify the LGBTQ community, so don’t worry, you won’t miss much.
Anyways, I will never slander Star Wars so I sha still enjoyed it, though not as much as I would have liked so it’s up to individual taste and perspective, so some may like and some wouldn’t.
Which are your favorite in the series? Here are my rankings of all the Star Wars films, from the worst to the best.
11. Phantom Menace
10. The Rise of Skywalker
9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
8. Attack of the Clones
5. Return of the Jedi
4. A New Hope
3. Revenge of the Sith
2. Force Awakens
1. Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker is a good film and a fair ending to the saga but I can’t help but notice the Avengers influence in this film with it’s fan service intentions and even a one liner reminiscent of Tony Stark’s “I am Ironman”. Still, It’s pretty enjoyable.