Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie poster
The Resistance, under General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), continues the war against the First Order and its mysterious leader. While Rey (Daisy Ridley) is immersed in Jedi training, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) carry on without her needed help. The villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has a secret mission of his own that could decide more than just his fate. With new weapons, the opposition is gaining strength. The heroic Resistance fighters have an uphill battle.

Hyperspeed action and stunning effects fuel this satisfying sci-fi adventure. J.J. Abrams returns to the director's chair for the final chapter in this Skywalker saga. Working from
a screenplay he co-wrote with Chris Terrio (getting story help from Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow), Abrams delivers an entertaining galactic stew that contains pretty much everything from the Star Wars universe and then some. It's indeed fan-pleasing, although the overload of nostalgia occasionally tends to bog down the plot. But this is a minor flaw for a series' ender that nicely ties up all of the loose ends and answers many questions. Opening with John Williams' memorable score and the familiar descriptive crawl, moviegoers immediately enter their comfort zone. The above-mentioned cast and the supporting players keep them in this zone. Through archival footage and a little cinema magic, the late Carrie Fisher gets more than just a cameo. The mesmerising Daisy Ridley again makes Rey one of the more dynamic characters in all of the episodes. The talented Adam Driver is her equal with his multi-layered Kylo Ren. A cute droid that's sure to be marketed and Keri Russell as a criminal tied to Poe's past are a couple of the new additions. There are numerous recognizable faces and objects from beginning to end, along with several surprises that will be left for the audience to discover. Rising to the occasion, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is an out-of-this-world joyride. (4/5 CAMS)

Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action)
Running Time: 141 minutes

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