Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Full disclosure – I am not a fanboy.  I don’t know all of the various secondary story lines and I really didn’t care too much if there were minor plot holes.  I generally don’t like comic book movies and when I do watch them I don’t take them too seriously.  That said… I didn’t mind this movie at all.  Or the one before it.  I did have a problem with 7 because it essentially felt like “hey, we’ve got the band back together so lets go re-make a movie that we’ve already made before”.  It has to be hard to close up this kind of series as I really don’t think you can win.  They could have beaten us over the head with cliches about the force (the dialog at the end of ROTJ almost kills the scene).   They could have dipped even further into nostalgia.  I think the final narrative (each of us has a choice at to who we are) is excellent and the people executing their will against their oppressors is timely.   Did it feel like a video game at times?  Sure.  Overall I was entertained on the level that I was watching it.

One other note.  There have been a ton of “rank all of the Star Wars movies” blogs coming out and many of them have this one as the worst of them.  I didn’t see the middle three (chronological order) for more than 10 minutes each but that was enough to see that they were unwatchable.

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Movie title: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Movie description: The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once again as the journey of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle begins.

Date published: 2019-12-27

Director(s): J.J. Abrams

Actor(s): Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Greg Grunberg, Shirley Henderson, Billie Lourd, Dominic Monaghan, Hassan Taj, Lee Towersey, Brian Herring, Dave Chapman, Richard Guiver, Lynn Robertson Bruce, J.J. Abrams, Claire Roi Harvey, Richard Coombs, Matt Denton, Nick Kellington, Mandeep Dhillon, Alison Rose, Amanda Lawrence, Tanya Moodie, Simon Paisley Day, Geff Francis, Amanda Hale, Amir El-Masry, Aidan Cook, Patrick Williams, Martin Wilde, Anton Simpson-Tidy, Lukaz Leong, Tom Rodgers, Joe Kennard, Ashley Beck, Bryony Miller, Cyril Nri, Angela Christian, Indra Ové, Richard Bremmer, Mark Richard Durden Smith, Andrew Havill, Nasser Memarzia, Patrick Kennedy, Aaron Neil, Joe Hewetson, Raghad Chaar, Mimi Ndiweni, Tom Wilton, Chris Terrio, Kiran Shah, Debra Wilson, Josef Altin, Vinette Robinson, Mike Quinn, Bill Kipsang Rotich, Ann Firbank, Diana Kent, Warwick Davis, Harrison Davis, Elliot Hawkes, Philicia Saunders, John Williams, Nigel Godrich, Dhani Harrison, J.D. Dillard, Dave Hearn, Rochenda Sandall, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Andreea Diac, Liam Cook, Denis Lawson, Carolyn Hennesy, Paul Kasey, Matthew Wood, James Earl Jones, Andy Serkis, Josefine Irrera Jackson, Cailey Fleming, Jodie Comer, Billy Howle, Hayden Christensen, Olivia d'Abo, Ashley Eckstein, Jennifer Hale, Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor, Alec Guinness, Frank Oz, Angelique Perrin, Freddie Prinze Jr., Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Acord, Dan Adler, Dee Bradley Baker, Verona Blue, Steve Blum, David Boat, David W. Collins, Jonathan Dixon, Terri Douglas, Robin Atkin Downes, Amanda Foreman, Janina Gavankar, Grey DeLisle, Stefan Grube, Mike Holland, Karen Huie, Tom Kane, Lex Lang, Vanessa Lengies, Logic, Yuri Lowenthal, Vanessa Marshall, Donald Mustard, Nicole Nasca Supercinski, Michelle Rejwan, Julian Stone, Tara Strong, Fred Tatasciore, James Arnold Taylor, Jessica Tuck, Karl Urban, Reggie Watts, Samuel Witwer

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

My Review

Full disclosure – I am not a fanboy.  I don’t know all of the various secondary story lines and I really didn’t care too much if there were minor plot holes.  I generally don’t like comic book movies and when I do watch them I don’t take them too seriously.  That said… I didn’t mind this movie at all.  Or the one before it.  I did have a problem with 7 because it essentially felt like “hey, we’ve got the band back together so lets go re-make a movie that we’ve already made before”.  It has to be hard to close up this kind of series as I really don’t think you can win.  They could have beaten us over the head with cliches about the force (the dialog at the end of ROTJ almost kills the scene).   They could have dipped even further into nostalgia.  I think the final narrative (each of us has a choice at to who we are) is excellent and the people executing their will against their oppressors is timely.   Did it feel like a video game at times?  Sure.  Overall I was entertained on the level that I was watching it.

One other note.  There have been a ton of “rank all of the Star Wars movies” blogs coming out and many of them have this one as the worst of them.  I didn’t see the middle three (chronological order) for more than 10 minutes each but that was enough to see that they were unwatchable.

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