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[Review] Star Wars – Episode 9 – Rise of Skywalker: Balance in the Franchise

December 2019 marked not only the end of a decade but also an era with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 18th. The final part of a new trilogy and meant to end the epic Skywalker, does Star Wars episode 9 offer a conclusion to the culmination of the cult masterpiece initiated by George Lucas over forty years?

Two years after the daring “The Last Jedi,” here’s an episode that should end not only the new trilogy that began in 2015, but the entire saga: Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. With an uphill task to complete the epic Skywalker once and for all, this episode 9 has a significant burden on its shoulders. Few franchises have been able to bring together so many different generations, and this is 42 years after George Lucas’ bet and the release of “A New Hope”. More than four decades later, does the story retain its magic? Has JJ Abrams been able to breathe genuine passion into this ending? And concretely, what is the value of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

The film begins shortly after the end of Episode 8, and Luke Skywalker’s sacrifice is meant to create a diversion so the remaining members of the Resistance can escape Crait’s Cave, surrounded by First Order troops. We learn that Rebellion has been reorganized around Leia, with whom Rey continues her training starting with Luke Skywalker in episode 8. On the (dark) side, Kylo Ren, now Supreme Leader since he slashed Snoke, knowing the standout Star Wars character is behind: Palpatine. The man who once bore the name Ben Solo then went to look for the former Emperor in the ancient city of the Sith. This one will give him the task of delivering Rey to him, the only obstacle to the emergence of a new Galactic Empire. From the first second, no doubt, we are ahead of Star Wars. A high-end entertainment that takes us to the guts from the first note of John Williams’ epic music – who did not age a bit – to the final in the apotheosis. Without revealing anything, know that this finale is certainly one of the best episodes combined, if not the best.

The film picks a decidedly different tone from Episode 8. Under the direction of JJ Abrams, it’s an avalanche of action scenes, special effects and light all over the place that awaits us, all served up with little onion transitions. It’s so simple, filmmakers manage to make feature films at incredible speeds, without downtime and without ever going overboard. For viewers, it creates a movie effect that runs at full speed, where you will never get bored. A feat at the pinnacle, rewarded by the good performance of various protagonists. Leia signs here her last on-screen appearance, since the death of her translator, Carrie Fisher, in 2016. If we feel that the character was meant for a more important role in this part, JJ Abrams has managed to get past the CGI trap to the limit and avoid the “wow effect.” ‘ which is an exaggeration of episode 8’s intergalactic jump to return to a more serious role. As for the main protagonists, Rey and Kylo Ren, they prove to be very trustworthy in their respective roles. As for the little gang formed by Poe, Finn, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO, BB-8 and R2D2, they’re doing fine, though only Poe really manages to stand out from the crowd. If Finn abandons much hope at the end of episode 7, he ends up being sorely erased in episode 8, as in this last part.

However, this is the only point where “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker” resemble each other. If episode 7 was at the limit of copy and paste episode 4 in its structure, and episode 8 was too far from the mythology that surrounds the saga, this episode 9 restores balance in the trilogy and puts “The Last Jedi” in its place as a transitional episode. Without a doubt, this is the best episode of the new trilogy, and perhaps one of the best episodes of the saga. Quite simply, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in line with the original trilogy, and borrows here and there a lot of elements from “Return.” of the Jedi”, in particular, is more than just a prelogy. . If we can spare the slightly tedious first part and the sheer amount of fan-service that isn’t necessarily right on target, there’s no doubt that the nostalgia of the first hour will be filled with these components, which brings the perfect conclusion to the whole. epic game from Skywalker.