Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
First screened in December 2019
Director: J.J. Abrams. Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Ian McDiarmid, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Keri Russell, Billy Dee Williams, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Greg Grunberg, Shirley Henderson, Lupita Nyong'o, Amanda Lawrence, Billie Lourd, Dominic Monaghan, Denis Lawson, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill. Screenplay: Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams (from a screen story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams, based on characters created by George Lucas).

Twitter Capsule: Nobody has a single phobia as powerful as The Rise of Skywalker's phobia about deaths where you actually die and stay dead because you died.

Second Capsule: Traces of myth survive, because NOTHING EVER DIES, but they're so tangled up in what's prosaic and routine.

VOR:   Star Wars has become such a crux of global myth and of Hollywood franchise-building that I guess the last chapter can't be void of value. And yet...

Photo © 2019 Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Original Score: John Williams
Best Sound Editing: Matthew Wood and David Acord
Best Visual Effects: Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, Dominic Tuohy, and Roger Guyett

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