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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER- The Flick Fanatics (Karl)

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER 

Starring:

Daisy Ridley- Rey

Adam Driver Kylo Ren

John Boyega- Finn

Oscar Isaac- Poe Dameron

J.J. Abrams reassembles his cast to tell the final chapter in the Skywalker saga and bring the 42-year journey to a climactic ending with “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

It all began with a simple statement… “A long time ago In a galaxy far, far away…” and a 42-year journey began with Director George Lucas self-funding his sci-fi film with virtual unknown actors called Star Wars: A New Hope. Star Wars would change the world and movies moving forward. May 25th 1977, I was 13 and saw the original film 3 times back to back to back, so it’s no surprise that I saw the final chapter “The Rise of Skywalker” 3 times in 3 days.

(This is a reaction review that contains No Spoiler and information already available to the public, a more in-depth review with Easter eggs and opinions and plot details will be posted in 2 weeks)

The Rise of Skywalker resumes the battle between the resistance and the First Order a few years after the events of the Last Jedi. Rey continues to train and wonder about her origin while Kylo Ren continues his quest to rule the galaxy. Rise of Skywalker reunites some familiar faces Finn (Boyega), General Leia Organa (archived footage of Carrie Fisher). Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), Chewbacca, C3PO & R2D2 and introduces a few new ones.

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Tony's Take

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER review

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An Epic Conclusion to the Skywalker Saga

As all things must end, it was an odd feeling in my chest as I sat down in the theater seat before the lights dimmed and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” began.  Lucasfilm flashes on the screen, then bam!  The music blares, the crawl begins and I was instantly transported back to my childhood.  Our heroes are still on the run from the First Order.  Rey (Daisy Ridley) continuing her Jedi training with Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) on a mission of their own, as Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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STAR WARS:THE LAST JEDI

Starring: Mark Hammill- Luke Skywalker

Carrie Fisher- Gen. Organa

Daisy Ridley- Rey

Adam Driver- Kylo Ren

John Boyega- Finn

Oscar Isaac- Poe Dameron

The First Order is about to annihilate the Resistance when Luke Skywalker appears in the latest episode in the Star Wars saga, “The Last Jedi”.

Following the events of “The Force Awakens”, the First Order is about to throw the final blow against the Resistance with their newest weapon. a huge attack ship called the Dreadnot. General Organa along with Finn and her ace pilot Poe Dameron are trying to escape their secret rebel base. Poe disobeys orders and leads an attack on the Dreadnot. He loses all the bombers but does destroy the ship. The Rebel jump to lightspeed, only to have the first order track them through lightspeed and stay on their tail. As the rebel ships begin to run out of fuel the First Orders destroys them.

Rey has found Luke Skywalker and has returned his light saber to him requesting him to return and help his sister Leia and the rebels. Luke tosses the saber over the cliff and walks away. Rey is persistent and won’t let up until Luke agrees to show her the force and why the Jedi need to end. Luke sees she is very powerful with the force and also drawn to the Dark Side. He explains how he lost Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren to Snoak and the Dark Side, and he won’t do it again.  As Rey is training on the island, she has visions where her mind is linked to Kylo Ren and she can see him and converse with him. Rey believes she can turn Kylo and plans to go meet him and help the Rebels.

Rey meets with Kylo and he takes her to the Supreme Leader Snoak. Snoak explains how he is going to eliminate the Rebels and then kill Luke Skywalker then her.

Finn with fellow pilot Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) are on a mission to get a code breaker to help them get onto Snoak’s ship and destroy the machine that allows the First Order to track the rebels. The code breaker, DJ (Benecio Del Toro) sells out Finn and Rose when they make it to Snoak’s ship. Gen. Phasma reappears to execute Finn and Rose.

Gen. Organa and Poe lead the remaining rebels to a deserted base on a nearby moon, the last rebels ship flying on vapor is being helmed by Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), who moves the ship in front of the Star Destroyer and jumps to light speed splitting the First order vessel in half. The destruction allows Finn and Rose to escape, but not before Finn gets some revenge on chrome dome. Rey also escapes back to Chewy and the Millennium Falcon to search for survivors.

Kylo Ren leads the First Order to the Rebel moon to vanquish the resistance when out walks Luke Skywalker to face him!

 

The Last Jedi is a great film and is an entertaining lead into the final episode IX. The first third of the film is slow and has some plot holes, but that is soon forgotten when Skywalker and Ren battle as part of one of the best fight scenes in Star Wars history. Snoak is disappointing, but the rest of the cast are excellent. I was really impressed with new comer Kelly Marie Tran, who provides a love interest for Finn. Hammill is solid and is exactly what Star Wars fans were salivating for. The Last Jedi is also a fond farewell to our Princess Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher.

I have watched the Last Jedi twice in 3 days, it is a great film and should be seen on the big screen. I went in thinking I was going to get another Empire Strikes, but The Last Jedi is closer to Return of the Jedi and I am fine with that.

5/6 Light Sabers

Tony's Take

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI review

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It’s Time for the Jedi to End

Breathe….Just, breathe. When we last left our heroes, Finn was recovering from Kylo Ren’s attack, Rey had encountered Luke on Ahch-To, and the Resistance was celebrating the (small) victory over the First Order after destroying Starkiller Base.  As “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begins, both the Resistance and the First Order are Continue reading

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS review

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Everyone Is a Suspect

“His name is Hercule Poirot and he is probably the greatest detective in the World”; at least that is how we are (re)introduced to the renown mustached-investigator in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express”.  After solving a case of missing holy items in Jerusalem, Detective Poirot is offered a case in London while waiting in Istanbul, so he must find last-minute passage by way of the Orient Express.  On board, a colorful and diverse cast of characters await Continue reading