Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ★½

It's dreadful, obviously, but it's excellent as a statement of the aesthetics of the era, in how it tries to conflate "rebellion" with simply reinstating the status quo, entirely dependent on established figures to lend credibility to its idea of challenging an establishment, forcefully demanding things return to the exact way they were before with exactly the same surnames in charge, bringing back the dead to wage war against the concept of a different world. In this way it's a perfect encapsulation of #Resist and current impeachment politics, much like Episodes 1-3 were a great encapsulation of Bush-era liberal anxieties about the failures of democracy. Not interesting enough in its badness to warrant much more thought, though - yes, the only way to save the world is to return to previous products and have them define the future, it's exactly the same film as the Avengers, late capitalism end of history capitalist realism bla bla bla, boring. At least warm up the ideological slop before you serve it again.

The film's giant petite mort, as the first outwards display of sexual feeling in the entire series of films results in not just immediate death but being completely erased like moving an opacity slider, is great, though. Best depiction of orgasm in cinema in a while.

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