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

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 2 hour 21 min
Release Date: December 19 2019
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: JJ Abrams
Cast: Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac

Plot Summary

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

With the divisive opinions of The Last Jedi, finally, the time has come for the end of the Skywalker saga. The Rise of Skywalker we think will be the ninth and last instalment of this saga, does it resurrect this trilogy, does it answer all those questions, you bet it does.

Nonstop throughout, there is so much going on within this film. The action is right back to Star Wars, lightsaber duels, starship battles and even flying stormtroopers. There is a lot to take in however, it almost feels like this could have been put into two films just to beef out some of the plot points.

After two films you really think you’d be invested in these main characters, but that was one of the problems with The Last Jedi, there wasn’t much development. But this manages to rescue these characters, with a lot of help from much better performances from Daisy Ridley and most of all John Boyega. One film this thing does again, is introduce you to a lot of new characters without any real background, they almost jump in and out of screen.

Within this film, there are plenty of nostalgic moments for Star Wars fans alike to stick their teeth into, the film almost relies on it, but they are well placed and really hit the spot. Humour is another big factor in this, humour which doesn’t always land, but it does have its moments but they were certainly hit or miss throughout the film.

Nonstop throughout, The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t really allow you time to breathe, there is a hell of a lot squeezed into this one film. It introduces plenty of new characters who we don’t spend much time with and jumps through the plot points. But the action throughout is thrilling, the nostalgic value is there and with elevated performances from the main cast to connect you to these characters once again.

Now for a personal view. Coming from a Star Wars fan, one that really knows what The Last Jedi was trying to do, but feels like it let me down, The Rise of Skywalker resurrected this trilogy for me. It managed to answer all the questions I wanted its predecessor to answer, but it did it in a satisfying manner. Even with its flaws, I enjoyed almost every single moment of this film.