Within the Holiday season, Lucas Arts and Disney released the much anticipated “Star Wars The Last Skywalker” film. This was the last installment of the Skywalker saga in the franchise, and the one that would answer all the questions culminating from the film’s original release in 1977. Led by the return of director J.J. Abrams, the film does just what it sets out to do. Help to provide clarification and offering more backstory to certain characters and events. With the introduction of some new faces and providing fanfare with the return of old familiar characters, Chapter nine is anything but boring. It provides more than enough action and emotional tension for fans to be not only satisfied but to cling to the edge of their seats with each passing frame.
Even if reviews were mixed, the Star Wars fanbase is a hard one to please. Being a part of it, I know first-hand most fans want what they want and going away from their movie formula will always receive heavy amounts of backlash. Change is not always bad though and you can’t please everyone. While I do agree with some critiques, wishing that the movies used more of the canon storyline from the comics and games within the universe, there is always more time for that hopefully down the line. The passing of the torch from Lucas Arts to Disney may have been a rough one for most fans, but it could’ve ended a lot worse.
Up until this point, I believe this trilogy brings with it the most color and depth of writing than the previous two others. As fans and moviegoers alike, we can not just look at the cinematic presentation alone and judge from there. Let’s remember the first film in the franchise did not have access to the technology that many of today’s films do. It purely needs to be broken down on the writing. This film brought not only a more dynamic and integrated cast but more tension and drama. While it did regurgitate some of the previous material this was slightly but not entirely avoided with the last film. Regardless, Disney did a great job with Abrams in tow accomplishing an almost impossible mission. Its gift wrapped more than 40 years’ worth of lineage into one film. I didn’t feel any drag within the movie and it gave a fitting ending for a lot of characters within the film. With more films already on the way and shows like “The Mandalorian” coming from the Disney production pipeline, I am excited to see what vision Disney has for the historic franchise.