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2019, Sci -Fi - Space Travel, Star Wars

StarWars IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

StarWarsIX

Duration 2h 21m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The characters, themes and galaxies of the previous eight films
Director J.J.Abrams
Writers/Script Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams (Story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams)
Starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Andy Serkis, Harrison Ford,

Elevator Pitch: The Emperor Palpatine has made his presence felt in the galaxy (far away) and both the First Order led by Kylo Ren and the Rebellion led by General Organa are looking for him. Rey is learning the ways of the Jedi and thereafter she is off with Finn, Poe and the robots on their travels in the Millenium Falcon. For some reason she finds herself in light sabre batttles with Kylo Ren, often in different environments. But the team travel from planet to planet, sometimes tracked by the villains in vast space craft which can eliminate worlds.

Content: People being critical are not supposed to reveal what goes on in this movie. But it is not much of a spoiler to say that there are a lot of light sabre battles which pass quite easily and not too many X-wing battles, which was fine with me. As usual the characters travel a lot, and have different experiences. Weird looking people dancing in unison was nice. Harking back to previous films there are surface skimming vehicles, and anew, flying storm troopers. There is absolutely nothing to offend – one kiss – which on thinking about it, might offend some.

A View: I am not a Star Wars fan, so I only went to see this to complete the set, a sort of obligation. It did seem to be  slightly easier to watch than the last one, but this was probably because there were fewer dogfights. It has not been well liked by the critics but I imagine that even now has made money. Whatever I have said will not influence fans who will continue to queue to see it. If you are not a fan, or even not familiar with the whole genre, you can do it on the cheap. Go back to the  beginning and start there, or if you are in Madrid go to one of the marathons showing all nine films in the original versions in order.

Additional Info: The one kiss I mentioned is not the one which has been removed from the version of the film shown in Singapore, which is a  Lesbian kiss between two minor characters. I did not notice it.

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