STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
directed by JJ Abrams
They certainly do. In the case of Carrie Fisher’s Leia, they do that from beyond the grave while looking slightly annoyed at being forced to work overtime. If her rendering is visually shaky, it’s a minor glitch in what is largely an enjoyable high-action Star Wars movie complete with multiple character curtain calls. It’s one that, like Abrams’ episode VII The Force Awakens, doesn’t do much that is surprising – the inevitable major character paternity revelation is a bit so-what – and its interplanetary treasure hunt of a plot could have done with fewer planets. It’s a little long on the hocus-pocus, too, especially during an extended climax that comes with shades of Harry Potter and Romeo & Juliet. But, mostly, it wraps things up quite neatly while rewarding your affection for the series, especially in a final shot that brings us back to where it all started quite beautifully.
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This article was first published in the January 11, 2020 issue of the New Zealand Listener.