List compiled by Eddie on 15/11/2019
The journey that started all those years ago with a generation defining cinema release in 1977, comes to an end this December with the much anticipated arrival of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
With The Force Awakens director J.J Abrams returning to the director’s chair after the muted response of the divisive The Last Jedi created many an argument amongst die hard Star Wars fans, The Rise of Skywalker is set to be scrutinised as heavily as any film yet in the franchise but you’d be a fool to bet against Abrams on delivering the goods.
While I’ve deliberately been trying to avoid as much pre-release material as possible (I confess to having not even seen the latest much-talked about trailer), there’s enough that I’ve seen and read about when it comes to this finale to the Skywalker saga George Lucas birthed to life in the late 70’s to know that things are looking exciting indeed.
Below are a collection of reasons as to why I think cinema fans and Star Wars acolytes alike should be more than a little bit keen about what’s to come.
See you all in the cinema come December.
Happy reading and happy watching!
1. The Return of J.J Abrams
While there seems to have been more a backlash in recent years to Abrams efforts on The Force Awakens, I think many of these criticisms remain unfounded. Sure that film followed a well-worn path trodden by previous films but it did it in a way that was fresh and exciting, all the while introducing us to a collection of great new characters and ideas. It wasn’t always planned that he’d be back, but I think we will all be counting ourselves lucky that he did as this saga hopefully finishes off with a bang.
Hear more about Abrams Star Wars journey here –
2. Kylo Ren’s Arc
Unable to dethrone Darth Vadar as the series ultimate villain, Adam Driver’s creation of Kylo Ren has been one of the joys of the last two Star Wars films. A powerful young man with an internal battle raging on inside him, it’s hard to know exactly how Ren’s story will unfold but it’s safe to say it will make for thrilling viewing that Driver will deliver with his typical assuredness.
Get some thoughts on Kylo’s storyline in the article below –
3. Luke Skywalker’s Role
SPOILER ALERT – Luke’s fate in The Last Jedi left many cold but it was confirmed very early on that Master Skywalker would be back in this final film as many would have suspected, a Force Ghost. It’s hard to know just how much screen time Mark Hamill will be getting (remember The Force Awakens?) but its undoubtable that it will be a role of deep importance to the story. I for one can’t wait to see how one of cinema’s greatest characters finishes up his run.
For a spoiler filled examination of what role Luke might be playing, see below –
4. Star Wars Biggest Battles Yet
From all reports and from glimpses of footage we have seen, The Rise of Skywalker is going to be providing some serious big screen spectacle! Star Wars films have certainly never been light on eye candy but with a whopping Disney backed budget and cutting edge special effects; it’s highly likely that Rise of Skywalker has some of the series most epic battles yet!
Delve into the glimpses of battle’s we’ve been shown so far in the story below –
5. The End of an Era
Whether you love, hate or remain on the fence about Star Wars, there’s no denying the effect it’s had on movie making and pop culture, and it all comes to a head in December. It’s not often we can be around for such a cultural phenomenon and its going to be quite the ride seeing how this final say on a beloved franchise plays out. There’s sure to be a raft of emotions come the drawing of the curtain on the galaxy far far away.
Read more about the end of an era in the news story below –
Imagine the enormous pressure JJ Abrahams must be under to get the sequel trilogy back on track and salvage Disney’s long term investment in Star Wars.
Disney has proven they can deliver excellent content (Rogue One) when they stick to the formula and add a few surprises along the way. Disney know how important this film is for the future of Star Wars and have brought George Lucas back to help Abrahams on script rewrites. It will be interesting to see if The Rise of Skywalker makes this trilogy a worthy successor to the previous six movies or just a big budget work of fan fiction.
If it is good, I might even start buying the toys again.
I have faith in JJ mate, I have heard Disney are willing to take a big break from feature films in the Star Wars universe which may be a good move, especially with The Mandalorian seemingly hitting a winning feel.
I am greatly to see this movie. A lot of loose ends to tie up, but I am curious to see how it all plays out….
I’m very keen mate, I think we are in for a treat.
Your five reasons sound to me like reasons why NOT to watch this, but hey ho. I don’t think I’ve ever seen JJ Abrams do anything that wasn’t standing on the shoulders/work of somebody else and the last thing I thought anyone could say about TFA was that it was fresh and exciting. Disney should have set Episodes 7,8,9 a hundred years after Return of the Jedi and had a totally different setting and characters. But of course they and the creative minds they hired can’t manage that. The irony that Rian Johnson practically destroyed the franchise (certainly much of its fanbase) by trying to be precisely different isn’t lost on me, but like TFA, TLJ was horribly ill-judged.
Maybe this next film will be great, but the odds are stacked against it from where I’m sitting.
Not long until we find out mate, I think JJ has helped make and create some fantastic TV and films however, his work on Super 8 springs to mind while Lost for me was just a real touchstone of modern day TV and not giving audiences easy answers.
Super excited about this one
Can’t wait mate!
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I’m seriously looking forward to this. J.J. Abrams has a tall order to fill with so many fans still wanting answers but I’m feeling good optimism with him.
Nonetheless, there seems to be, very recently a focus on Palpatine still being alive. Ok, fine. But while so many are gabbing about that, I am *still* wondering in the next movie: (in no particular order)
1. Was Snoke really Palpatine? Snoke looked skinny. burned and battered. Is that because he was Palpatine and the explosion did that to him when Darth Vader threw him
“down the chute”?
2. WHO, really, are Rey’s parents? (They had better answer that one or fans will be furious!)
3. She’s been flying under the radar, but WHO is Maz Kanata?
4. Why did YODA never mention Snoke? Why didnt Obi-Wan Kenobi? Snoke said he had “seen the rise of the Republic”, so he must have been around a long time.
5. Who originally created the First Order and what was its purpose in the beginning?
6. Almost no one at all ever talks about the small boy at the end of The Last Jedi who was using the force to sweep with a Broom? What is HE is THE Skywalker who will rise? Because……(see next)–
7. What id REY dies at the end of this movie. killing Palpatine? This could “bring an end to the Saga” and then the small boy usijng the force could rise, be the new skywalker. and the story could continue in ..?….several possible directions.
8. Will there be any travels into, and deeper into “the Unknown regions”? What technology might be found there? What people? WHO are “the Chiss”? Are they good or bad?
9. What if Kylo Ren stays “Dark”, gets killed, but Palpatine survives and Rey also survives? What then?
10. How will Force-Ghosts interact with Rey?
The Audience STILL wants Answers!! But I’m hoping.
I do think some of these questions will be answered, I trust Abrams and his team have delved heavily into what audiences should and shouldn’t find out, I have great faith in this film though!
Can’t wait to next week.
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