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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

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The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.

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J.J. Abrams

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Fisher ... Leia Organa (archive footage)
Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker
Adam Driver ... Kylo Ren
Daisy Ridley ... Rey
John Boyega ... Finn
Oscar Isaac ... Poe Dameron
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
Naomi Ackie ... Jannah
Domhnall Gleeson ... General Hux
Richard E. Grant ... General Pryde
Lupita Nyong'o ... Maz Kanata
Keri Russell ... Zorii Bliss
Joonas Suotamo ... Chewbacca
Kelly Marie Tran ... Rose Tico
Ian McDiarmid ... Emperor Palpatine
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Storyline

While the First Order continues to ravage the galaxy, Rey finalizes her training as a Jedi. But danger suddenly rises from the ashes as the evil Emperor Palpatine mysteriously returns from the dead. While working with Finn and Poe Dameron to fulfill a new mission, Rey will not only face Kylo Ren once more, but she will also finally discover the truth about her parents as well as a deadly secret that could determine her future and the fate of the ultimate final showdown that is to come. Written by Blazer346

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars: Episode IX See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$177,383,864, 22 December 2019

Gross USA:

$496,410,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,032,361,535
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In reference to the iconic line "Let the Wookie win" from the first movie, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) are playing Dejarik with Chewbacca and trying to figure out why he always wins. See more »

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In the final sequence after the battle, when everyone returns to the rebel base to celebrate, Poe and Finn come together and celebrate. After celebrating, Rey appears and the three do a group hug. In this group hug, the order is wrong. Poe should have his head on one shoulder of Rey and Finn on another shoulder instead of Finn being the central figure in the hug. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Emperor Palpatine: At last. Snoke trained you well.
Kylo Ren: I killed Snoke. I'll kill you.
Emperor Palpatine: My boy, I made Snoke. I have been every voice...
Snoke: ..you have ever heard..
Darth Vader: ...inside your head.
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This film clearly displays this trilogy's biggest flaw...
22 December 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... which is that there was no overarching story to this trilogy planned.

Say what you will about the prequels -years later they aren't considered secretly great or misunderstood. But they did one thing right. They expanded the universe of Star Wars with more world building and more lore, some good, some bad. The prequel story, while stilted, was the product of a single vision. In the end you had bad execution with good building blocks.

The Sequel Trilogy doesn't expand anything, instead it makes everything smaller. Star Wars has never felt so small and tired as it does after The Rise of Skywalker. Each movie exists just to tear down and apologize for what came before it. Anakin/Vader's entire character arc is completely and unforgivably undermined after this film.

Overall the movie was so bloated and overstuffed with choppy pacing to course-correct from The Last Jedi. It's Flanderization in action. The original movies had so many little touches and so much atmosphere and craftsmanship beyond a few big reveals, neat action set pieces, and bizarre coincidences with the same ten people running into one another over and over. The original films built iconic imagery and characters in the context of them doing things and bonding and building. This was not always perfectly done, but it was done well enough to feel meaningful.

You can't just write a movie with the assumption you already have all of those things and skip the work it takes to get them. You can trick people for awhile by using the familiar imagery and beats and deconstructing the world with meta-humor (Abrams did that well for The Force Awakens if nothing else), but you just cash in that goodwill and cheapen all of that stuff by association.

Oh well, the big action movies these days are indeed made for children and China - I can't remember who recently said that, but it's true.


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