Carl reflects on the Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker press screening and shares his pre-review thoughts.
Last night, Phil and I had the honour of being invited to a press screening of what is one of the highly anticipated films in the annals of history, “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker“. After taking our seats at the venue and eagerly awaiting the lights to go down, we discussed what we hoped to see in the final part of the Skywalker saga. When the lights went down, the buzz of electricity was palpable In the air and a massive cheer and plenty of whooping went on as the screen lit up ready to display the film I’ve been waiting all year for.
But did it deliver? In all honesty, yes and no. Whereas the film is good and in some places, very, VERY good, I found the film to be a bit rushed with plotlines that appear and get resolved within minutes without building up any sense of urgency or dread, once again several characters are pushed into the background (and that’s not confined to the original cast but to some of the new characters too) and on the whole, not the film I thought it would be.
As my full review will contain, the film is destined to once again be divisive amongst the fan base. While it won’t ignite the levels ‘The Last Jedi‘ inspired, it will come down to the viewers own opinion. It will take a few viewings for me to get my head around everything I’ve seen on screen this time before I can finally make my judgement on the film as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, this is still Star Wars and deserves to be seen on the biggest screen you can, it just feels very good instead of being something astounding.
However, fans can fear not. There is plenty on offer here that will get the pulses going and in a few moments, genuine surprises and joy to be had. Check back here shortly to read a full, mainly spoiler-free review before you take your seat and head into the Skywalker saga one final time.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones and Horror movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!