Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sets itself up on an extremely risky pedestal as it takes on the monumental task of concluding the nine-movie Skywalker saga, spanning 42 years and three generations of Star Wars fans. The franchise has had one of the biggest impacts on pop-culture and cinema to date, to become one of the most recognisable names in the entertainment industry. How does J.J. Abrams tackle a task this colossal? Rather splendidly, in fact.
Note: This will be spoiler-free review in terms of actual plot details. All characters mentioned have been showcased in trailers. You may see some details as MILD spoilers regarding setting.
The film starts out as every Star Wars film has done before; with the fan-favourite yellow crawl that sets the stage for the film we are about to witness, and the booming soundtrack to accompany it. The crawl informs us of the current happenings with the Resistance, the First Order, and with Rey.
The beginning of the film is where some annoyances begin to creep in, with the film taking a while to start moving ahead. Far too much time is spent on trying to give exposition to the current situation, and while it's great to be “caught up” in the grand scheme of it all, it's not entirely impactful. However, once the film does get going, it’s a non-stop, all-out assault, and while this may deter some viewers, it is still worthwhile to stick around.
Abrams and his writing staff have excellently balanced the emotional rollercoaster between intense story and plot navigation, to the injection of humour throughout the film. As we have seen in previous films, Star Wars has always had a penchant for having characters that manage to add just the right amount of light-hearted cracks, and the same can be said for The Rise of Skywalker. In saying this, there were some times where to humour felt somewhat forced, with a couple of jokes falling flat, but were also unnecessary.
Abrams and his writing staff have excellently balanced the emotional rollercoaster between intense story and plot navigation, to the injection of humour throughout the film.
One of the biggest strengths in The Rise of Skywalker is the same strength that lays in each and every Star Wars film that has come before; the soundtrack.
All in all, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a great way to close off the third trilogy, and a stellar ending to the Skywalker saga.
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20 December 2019
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