Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ★★★½


A little toothless and more than a little convoluted, Episode IX is a mostly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga. From various writing decisions, miscellaneous detours and hanging plot threads, it's clear that Abrams & Co were given the mandate for course correction following the fallout from Johnson's Episode VIII

While not as shameless in its use of weaponised nostalgia as Episode VII, the film isn't anywhere near as risky or memorable as its predecessor, feeling all-too safe for the majority of its runtime. Sure, it might have moments of insight and glimmers of real tension, yet it always decides to air on the side of caution. Come the finale, those left standing are essentially the ones already dictated by the trailers, promo videos and inevitable toy sales. 

That being said, this is still a Star Wars film. It's entertaining purely by virtue of its mythos alone, not to mention the established characters and locations. It's the visual spectacle one expects it to be with this much budget on the line; however, in terms of narrative, I do wish the film lived up to its title and attempted to elevate itself above the source material.

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