May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – Encore Review 3


“Long have I waited and now, your coming together is your undoing.” – Emperor Palpatine

Number of Times Seen – 4 (18 Dec 2019, 5 Jan 2020 and 27 Jul 2020 and 4 May 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – As the forces of the First Order attempt to wipe out the last bastion of the rebellion, the rebels try to find a way to strike back.

My Take on it – This is the most recent film in the series and despite many people having lots (and lots) of issues with it, I still love it.

The story has an amazing message about unity and friendship and they manage to get it across so well.

The way that they take this story to some darker places also works and allows for the film to have so many connections to the other films in the series.

The one criticism that I might actually have about this movie is that they try too hard to cram together far too many great ideas that all end up feeling a bit too rushed.

They could have easily expanded on any of those issues and made two films out if this instead.

Great seeing the way that the story continues in a competent way and how they find ways to focus on the various characters and their personal story lines along the way.

The special effects once again enhance the story and help make things feel even more realistic and plausible to watch unfold.

This may be the film in the series that I’ve seen the least, but each time I watch it, I find many new and unique things that help me appreciate it even more.

Can’t wait to see this again!

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In November 25, 2019, it was reported that a script for this film was leaked on the Internet. An actor (later revealed to be John Boyega by his own admission) had reportedly kept the script under the bed after changing apartments. After somebody was cleaning the place and found the script, the person attempted to sell it on eBay. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm bought the script back. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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