On a technical level, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is a marvel. The special effects and design are next level great, perfectly building on everything which has gone before. It looks and feels like Star Wars at its best and there’s a real tangibility due to some impressive sets and practical effects. Speaking of Star Wars at it’s best, these films wouldn’t be half as good if it wasn’t for John Williams’ music and the 87 year-old has delivered a sumptuous score which includes some old themes and some beautifully new ones.
For over 40 years the cinematic battle between The Jedi and The Sith has rumbled on. George Lucas changed the course of cinematic (and blew the minds of audiences) when he opened the first Star Wars film with a tiny blockade runner being chased by a mammoth, Star Destroyer. The Rise Of Skywalker is the perfect ending to this. There will be those who adore it for how it connects to the larger Star Wars mythos and the movies which have gone before and there will be those who don’t see it as being progressive enough in what it delivers. These film’s have always based on old serials (the episodic nature is even in their titles), so you can’t complain too much when they skip from one adventure to the next in quick succession.
A ridiculously fun and energetic cinematic adventure, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is everything a true fan of George Lucas’ intergalactic saga wants. There’s humour, emotion and some real of depth as characters old and new bring their stories to a close. This isn’t just a great movie. This is Star Wars.
Budgeted at $275 million, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker grossed $515 million at the US box office and over $1 billion globally.