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FLIX

By Alyn Darnay

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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n May 25, 1977, I was at the very first showing of Star Wars and it propelled me into another universe, one I had only experienced by reading science-fiction novels. That first jump to light speed took the breath away from me and the six or seven other people in the audience, at noon, on a workday, in downtown Chicago. From that moment of the visual collision, I was forever locked into what has become the Star Wars saga. You could say I pretty much grew up watching the film franchise as it evolved through now nine films. On December 17, 2019, I was in the audience of a packed theater at an advanced screening of the final episode of the Star Wars saga, at 3 p.m., on a workday, in downtown Miami. I expected to be blown away once again, taken to new heights of sci-fi ecstasy, as this 42-yearold odyssey came to a stunning conclusion, but to my utter dismay, I wasn't. The saga, which should have gone out as it arrived, with a big bang, instead went out with a small whimper.

DIRECTED BY: J.J. ABRAMS

SCREENPLAY BY:

J.J. ABRAMS & CHRIS TERRIO

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CAST: CARRIE FISHER MARK HAMILL ADAM DRIVER DAISY RIDLEY JOHN BOYEGA OSCAR ISAAC ANTHONY DANIELS NAOMI ACKIE

DOMHNALL GLEESON RICHARD E. GRANT LUPITA NYONG'O KERI RUSSELL JOONAS SUOTAMO KELLY MARIE TRAN IAN MCDIARMID BILLY DEE WILLIAMS

That's not to say the movie is bad, which it certainly is not, but the makers of this conclusion, namely director J.J. Abrams and writer Chris Terrio, owed the millions and millions of fans a much better ending than this repetitious, convoluted, and ultimately unsatisfying one. I mean, they could have easily gone to the source of the films, science fiction writing, as I'm sure George Lucas originally did and found a better way to wrap up all the bones. Here's the storyline… and I'm not going to give the ending away so feel free to read on.

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