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Review: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Is A Love Letter To George Lucas And A Fitting End To A 40 Year Cinematic Journey - Movies In Focus
The latest trilogy of Star Wars films and the Skywalker saga comes to a close with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s the conclusion of a nine film journey, one that has been littered with everything from cinema changing moments to hugely divisive plotting and characterisation. In 2015 Abrams picked-up George Lucas’ discarded lightsaber and delivered the spirited and energetic The Force Awakens (read the review), a film which brought Star Wars to a whole new generation, whilst also keeping old fans happy. Rian Johnson’s 2017 instalment The Last Jedi (read the review) was a disappointing entry which split fans and caused a serious disturbance in The Force. Now Abrams is back with The Rise Of Skywalker, a Star Wars film which should give Star Wars fans everything they could hope for and more. It’s packed with call-backs to the eight films which have gone before, echoing and repeating lines images and moments. It never feels like fan service though – more like a love letter to everything George Lucas created over the decades. To quote Lucas himself, ‘It’s like poetry, it rhymes’. The dead speak! Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is alive and he built a secret super [...]