The corporation's acquisition of Star Wars and Marvel bodes ill for film. It means no daring stories, nothing original, nothing that questions or challenges, only anemic overhyped sequels and remakes.
Star Wars (1977) was an organic phenomenon that grew from the mind of an artist steeped in the knowledge of samurai movies, a brain baptized in the fires of comparative religion. George Lucas gave us a groovy galaxy of ancient aliens in martial arts clothes and spaceship-flying Bigfeet at a time when word of mouth and magazines were real.
Now there is no groundswell. The Empire merely co-opted the message which opposed it.
So now we have a third time of the names of the memorable original characters worked in with those of the forgettable new ones, plus thematic events from the real movies regurgitated back in the guise of an actual story in order to milk a global market of perpetually hopeful moviegoers.
That said, taken for what it is, pleasure can be derived. Of the supposed three trilogies and no more, plus two offshoots already thrown in--Rogue One and Solo--The Rise of Skywalker falls somewhere in the middle, neither among the best of the bunch, nor among the worst. (Hate-worthy Solo bears that latter distinction.)
Rey (Ridley) must confront the Dark Side of the Force within her, while Kylo Ren (Driver) must contend with the Light. Together, they become like artificially colored and flavored yin and yang, speaking in prestige British.
Much more attention went into developing Rey and Ren than any of the other characters, who are sort of just there. What was the Rebellion versus the Empire is now called the Resistance versus the First Order.
Yes, Rise of Skywalker contains nonstop motion, but lacking in fresh ideas and characters, that doesn't make it action.
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Starring Carrie Fisher,
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Written by Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams,
Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Based on characters created by George Lucas
Runtime 142 minutes
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