Movie Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker [No Plot Spoilers]

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Director Redux

J.J. Abrams is a better director and (co)writer than the previous director, Rian Johnson, who took some unfortunate and disappointing turns in the previous film. Abrams did a surprisingly fair treatment in his 2009 Star Trek franchise reboot — which I affectionately compare to Star Wars here. In this movie, Abrams’ return is welcomed. This is the only movie of the final trilogy that made me feel the grandeur, the awe, the celebration since the original Star Wars trilogy.

  • Spectacular battle scenes
  • Fabulous flying scenes with cool new ships
  • Stunning space scenes, unlike you’ve seen before, very inventive


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  • There are cameos aplenty, some very touching indeed. There are even touching returns to some of the old locations, which served the movie well and resolved some of the storylines.
  • Despite the many subplots and side stories, there is a real sense of energy in this movie.
  • There are several scenes of deep pathos, which worked on me.
  • Look for a long-overlooked omission from the end of the first film is finally addressed at the end of this one.
  • Look for not a few nods to Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.


The movie was not without flaws and some curious plot holes, but I won’t go into them here.

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