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* Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker *
Calling all Star Wars fans! The latest Star Wars film hits cinemas with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences. No one's ever really gone... Rey's journey continues and the Skywalker saga concludes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, coming December 2019. Director: J.J. Abrams Stars: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd The Age Digital Edition: Rousing finale rises to its epic challenge *** Reviewed by SANDRA HALL | Dec 2019 There are some cheerful echoes of the jaunty tone of the original Star Wars movies in the ninth and final film in the Luke Skywalker saga. Director J.J.Abrams has some old-fashioned fun with the galaxy's many tribes and with those durable favourites, Chewbacca and the droids. But he doesn't leave much time for jokes or for romance. Despite some clunky chunks of exposition, the action rockets along, powered both by its need to be more spectacular than ever before and the script's desire to tie up the saga's many loose ends. It's a film driven by a weighty sense of its own history. It's also full of ghosts. That of Carrie Fisher is only the most poignant. Abrams, has claimed he didn't have to resort to digital sleight of hand to resolve Princess Leia's part in the storyline. There was enough unused footage from the seventh film in the series, The Force Awakens, to fill out her role and supply the emotional charge he needed. And he's pretty right. There is an eerie sense of reality to a role enhanced by memories of the young Leia with her snail bun hairstyle and her gift for the smart remark. But it's an understandably one-note appearance, limited to soothing words of encouragement for the film's young stars. The script works very hard at connecting them and their adventures with seminal events from the past to bring the story full circle. Ghostly visions abound and their voices are continually coming up with advice, portents and warnings. The conflicted relationship between Daisy Ridley's Rey, the inheritor of the Jedi warrior tradition, and her nemesis, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, Leia's sinister son, is one of the most sophisticated twists in the saga's convoluted genealogy and it takes some satisfyingly ingenious turns, although its final moments may leave you wondering. You might also argue that a franchise which has outlived one of its stars should have said goodbye long ago but the saga's box-office figures say otherwise. They have already shown that fans have bonded with the new generation of characters and that they're depending on this, the finale , to solve all the remaining mysteries. As to whether it does, only the most pedantic should complain. It's a rousing finish to a series that has accompanied so many people throughout their childhood.
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