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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
Academy Award® Nominee
No one's ever really gone... Rey's journey continues and the Skywalker saga concludes.

Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Dec 21, 2019
As the culmination of a storyline that began 42 years ago, this movie both satisfies and disappoints at the same time.

This is the final installment of the final trilogy, which was directed by the same director as the first, The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, J.J. Abrams was not able to deliver the same level of story and x caution as he did with his first turn. Is it the result of the absence of Lawrence Kasdan from the list of writers? Is it the result of a desire to please as many as possible, without taking chances, at the risk of angering the toxic fan element?

Whatever the reason, I find myself happy with the movie, but not thrilled. Our trip home was filled with conversation about the odd choices in the storyline, as opposed to all-out fan-gushing over the visual spectacle we just experienced.

That technical excellence cannot be disputed. Visually fascinating, and aurally thrilling, there’s nothing to complain about there. However, no amount of technical sophistication can excuse the odd plot points that get odder as you think more about them.

Are they awful? Do they spoil the movie? Worse yet, do they sully the installments that came before? Not at all, which is probably what they were aiming for. It’s just not what it probably could have been.

As a big fan of Star Wars, I’m happy with how it ended. But not thrilled. I fully expected to see it again in theaters, but I’ll probably wait for the home video release instead. For that reason, even though it deserves to be seen in the best theater possible (qualifying for the See Now! rating), I’m giving it a Good rating instead.

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