To describe the last chapter of this
nine-part sagaas hotly anticipated would be an understatement of Death Star-like proportions.
Gazillions of people are obsessed with the small matter of heroine Rey’s surname. Is she a nobody or some kind of princess? And will she get together with charismatic ex-stormtrooper, Finn?
Will Poe hook up with his insanely cute droid, DD8 (I’m joking! Or am I?) And will footage of Carrie Fisher, shot before she died, make it feel as if Leia is still among us? Rumors concerning Mark Hamill have also had the internet in a tizzy. Still, here’s what the average person really wants to know: will the Rise Of Skywalker make them sob out loud and laugh til they cry?
No one wants a franchise finale to be merely OK. A masterpiece or almighty mess is what makes headlines. But, hey, don’t shoot the messenger. DirectorJJ Abrams
, wrapping up the nine -part saga, seems frantically bored for the first half of the movie, then partially redeems himself as anti-hero, Ben Solo / Kylo Ren (Adam Driver; effortlessly the star of this show), becomes entwined with a host of vivid ghosts.
Resourceful Jedi knight, Rey (Daisy Ridley
), knows that in order to defeat the First Order baddies, she has to discover Who She Is. The trailers hinted that villainous Sith leader, Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), might offer answers and so it proves. The Machiavellian manipulator, despite that nasty fall in Return Of The Jedi, is back and more rancid than ever. We’re supposed to find him extra spooky now that he’s blind (he looks uncannily like the Hilary Mason character in Don’t Look Now).