BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Rise of the Skywalker will give you Palpa’tations

It has taken 42 years to get there, but finally, the Skywalker saga is drawing to a close. No other cinematic franchise has ever reached the massive heights that Star Wars has and to say that this is a beloved series is under-selling it in a very big way. It is for that reason that J.J. Abrams has had one of the most difficult jobs that any filmmaker could ever dream of, it is up to him to close this much loved chapter in the Star Wars story in a way that will please a legion of fans world-wide.

Entertainment
By David Griffiths

Saturday 28 December 2019, 11:00AM


Kylo Ren and Rey facing off

Kylo Ren and Rey facing off

Leading into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that story had been thrown into turmoil both on and off the screen. On screen we saw the death of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the apparent return of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Off screen all Star Wars fans were rocked with the tragic death of actress Carrie Fisher which they knew would impact the storyline of the final film.

Abrams doesn’t leave fans waiting with The Rise Of Skywalker very quickly getting down to business. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is on the hunt for Palpatine, while Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) search for an artifact that will allow Rey (Daisy Ridley) to face Palpatine, while they try to stop the massive First Order forces who are ready to once again take over the universe.

The plot may be simple but certainly does not fail to entertain. Early on the film feels episodic simply moving from one story to another in a specific order but once it breaks those shackles the film mirrors the energy and entertainment that we all come to love from the original Star Wars films. But while the film does entertain it also does have its flaws. With the plot having so much going on there are times when it feels like it doesn’t spend enough time raising the levels of suspense, something that is very surprising considering that some of the lives in danger here are some of the most loved characters in cinematic history.

Still, for the most part,  Abrams keeps things simple but effective. Once it established that all characters could meet their end this time around that goes some way to keeping the audience on their toes while the final epic battle is something that true Star Wars fans have dreamt of for a long time. Unlike a lot of franchises, this chapter does close with a finale that will leave fans happy and it should be noted that Disney does leave the door slightly ajar if they ever wish to continue the saga.

What makes this installment so enjoyable though is the acting, and that is not something we have been able to say about every Star Wars installment. Adam Driver shows in this film why he is one of the best actors in Hollywood at the moment. It is obvious that he doesn’t move into a lower acting gear because he is in an epic blockbuster here, instead, he puts as much drama and emotion into his Marriage Story and Paterson... the former role which is talked about possibly earning him an Oscar nomination.

CMI - Thailand

Driver is well matched on screen by Daisy Ridley whose acting prowess has continued to grow throughout this trilogy. Johy Boyega and Oscar Isaac also deliver their goods but at the end of the day this film is literally Driver versus Ridley and that shows right up to the last amazing and memorable crescendo.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is a film that is going to be embraced by the hardened Star Wars fans out there, something we can breathe a sigh of relief over since the disappointment of the Game Of Thrones finale. The Rise Of Skywalker is light but thoroughly entertains.

4/5 Stars


David Griffiths has been working as a film and music reviewer for over 20 years. That time has seen him work in radio, television and in print. You can follow him at www.facebook.com/subcultureentertainmentaus

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Prayut backs return of tourists

Somethings smells off, not sure if its the Durian chips or the PM?...(Read More)


Ministry vows Bangkok special tourist visa arrivals by October

Thai Government refuse to understand, that foreigners, after a year of hard working go out for a fre...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

Does Thai Immigration has enough handcuffs/shackles, prison space for thousands of overstayers? Have...(Read More)


Activists end rally after submitting demands

What an absurd comment sleepy Ro.! Everyone who learned a little bit about Thailand's history wo...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

anyway, as far as I'm concerned, PN has gone to the dogs.. I will no longer comment....(Read More)


Rally leaders face charges

Seems the thai police completely miss what is living in Thailand, in what boiling pot they stir thei...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

My mistake... wrong stop over.. yes, I make a mistake, of course it should be "stop over"...(Read More)


Scandinavians eye long stays in Phuket under new visa

When one has a world wide valid foreign unlimited Health Insurance ( except usa), does he needs on t...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

Well, Dek is wrong with his 'direct' flights as for european flights you have to change airc...(Read More)