Review: Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga“.

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams; returning to the saga after producing the first film of the Disney era trilogy, The Force Awakens in 2015.

The film’s cast includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.


“Set 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,; bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end”


Our Review:

The ‘sequel trilogy’ cast get to further develop and finish their character arcs in a way that is very satisfactory in most cases and the cast are on top form. We also get to say a touching goodbye to some of our most beloved characters from the franchises history including Princess Leia giving Carrie Fisher the send-off she deserves after sadly passing away in 2016. Fisher appears in this film through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi which is well executed.

This is possibly the most action-packed and fast-paced Star Wars movie ever made but there is still room for some touching moments and emotional beats; as the characters explore the light side and dark side that in inside all of us.

Visually the film is at the peak of what we have come to expect from LucasFilm; effortlessly mixing CGI, incredible sets and locations in a way that feels believable and real. The sound design was also exceptional for this installment and sound is used to great effect at some key points in the film.

A staple of the ‘Skywalker Saga’ John Williams’ score does not disappoint and ends his tenure of composing for these films on a high note. Many key scenes are heightened with John’s use of nostalgic themes from the previous installments that have become as iconic as the films.

Without giving anything away there are MANY callbacks, easter eggs and cameos for fans to spot throughout the film. These references to both the saga films and the extended universe (Clone Wars TV show etc) helps tie in a lot of the Star Wars universe. Many callback scenes will resonate with fans touching on the emotional connection with these stories and characters, as this is the last film of an amazing 42 year journey.

However like most long standing franchises this installment is like marmite you are either going to love it or hate it….and we loved it.

4/5


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