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 –