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Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

 Star Wars Rise of Skywalker
(2019) on IMDb

Starring:
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Richard Grant, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Hassan Taj, Lee Towersey, Brian Herring, Dave Chapman, etc…

Movie Synopsis:
The battle between the surviving members of the resistance and the First Order continues. This is the last chance the resistance has to defeat the evil First Order. Whomever wins this war will rule the galaxy.

More Details:

 

A Star Wars expert opinion:
I loved the original Star Wars movies in the 1970s. I absolutely hated the 3 films in the 1990s. I personally have enjoyed these last 3 films. My husband was the perfect age when the original Star Wars was released. He, as so many of you, knows every detail of every movie and read many of the books that gave background information not included in the films. He knows details I can only dream of. For you true Star Wars fanatics, I thought it would be great to get his opinion on the film. Did he like it? Did it fit the series? Did they deliver a satisfying ending? How did the franchise do from the beginning to the end? Was the content accurate? All the impressive little details. Please read his thoughts below-

For me, the most important characteristic of a movie is that it be entertaining. On this dimension, Rise of Skywalker did very well. While relatively long for a Star Wars flick, I was pulled into their reality for the entire time. The previous movie in the trilogy, The Last Jedi, wasn’t as strong here, although it did have its moments.

JJ Abrams certainly knows how to craft an action movie.

But the story has plot holes big enough to fly a star destroyer through. Some of the ones that jump out at me are:

 

Overall Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this movie. My husband liked it, but it couldn’t compare to the original trilogy for him. I do not have the background knowledge of all the Star War movies, so I did not pick up on all the holes he saw. To be honest, I only saw the first movie in the middle trilogy movies (the prequels) because I thought the first one was a complete disaster and was one of the worst movies I had ever seen. As for this film, I thought it was entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. I thought it was a great way to end the franchise.

Cast:
I really enjoyed the casting. I really like Daisey Ridley and John Boyega.

Script/Editing:
I thought the very beginning was a little choppy as they bounced back and forth between story lines (ie Kylo Ren’s plot line and then Rey’s plot line). I understand that it was necessary to set up the film but some of the scenes were very short with little useful content. My guess is they edited out some of the relevant scenes. Once the story lines merged the film laid back and smoothed out.

Special Effects:
Stunning. Star Wars has always been original and even though the special effects in the 1970s suffers in comparison to today’s special effects, it has always been at the top of the industry for its’ time. I also have to say that the “pew, pew” sound the blasters make and the “buzzing” sound the light sabers make take me right back to my 7-year old self. What great memories!

Should You Go See This Movie?
Of course!!!! It ties up the franchise nicely. It gives a nice farewell to all of the original actors/characters and solves the biggest mysteries in the series.

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