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Episode 9 is ‘safe, fan-friendly’ Star Wars film

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 12/29/19

This isn’t the end. There will be more Star Wars movies in the future. But for now, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is an entertaining and adventurous end to the current trilogy of films. …

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Episode 9 is ‘safe, fan-friendly’ Star Wars film

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This isn’t the end. There will be more Star Wars movies in the future. But for now, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is an entertaining and adventurous end to the current trilogy of films.

There’s a surprising amount of politics to consider with this finale, but if you can put aside all of those concerns and just let the Star Wars of it all wash over you, this is an enjoyable flick. “The Rise of Skywalker” is bound to be divisive, depending on where you wanted the story to go. But for me, I had a good time at the movies.

“The Rise of Skywalker” sees new heroes Rey, Finn and Poe racing around the galaxy, hot on the trail of the evil Kylo Ren and —shockingly — a resurrected Emperor Palpatine from the original movies. The emperor has a new plan to rebuild the Empire, and he’s got sinister plans for Jedi hero Rey.

The recap is a little shallow because “The Rise of Skywalker” is a little shallow. The first half of the movie is a race around various planets as our heroes get into one crazy scrape after another.

But the problem is there’s no real story behind it. The first half of the movie feels like Star Wars is spinning its wheels and killing time.

Fortunately, the second half of the movie more than makes up for the first. The second half of the movie is a big, bombastic, Jedi vs. Sith, good vs.evil, filled to the gills with fan service, grand finale that put a big smile on my face.

This is why I say you just need to let the movie wash over you. Don’t nitpick this twist or that twist or this choice for that character. Just sit back, love Star Wars and let this movie make you happy.

It worked for me.

What you might not know if you don’t follow the behind-the-scenes details of Star Wars is that a lot of fans did not like the previous movie, “The Last Jedi” from 2017. That movie took bold choices and went in new directions with Star Wars, which riled longtime fans. And it seems the new film, “The Rise of Skywalker” is Disney’s attempt to make a safe, fan-friendly Star Wars movie that doesn’t do anything too bold or scary.

“The Rise of Skywalker” is safe. The bring back the Emperor so that the movie can have a safe, classic bad guy to fight. They introduce new characters and droids who will be perfect for toys and action figures. The movie just wants to make you happy with a lot of neat Star Wars stuff.

And as long as you go in with that in mind, as long as you’re happy with neat Star Wars stuff, then “The Rise of Skywalker” makes for a grand finale.

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