Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Palpatine

Eric Cunningham

Eric Cunningham is the editor-in-chief of Elections Daily. He is a lifelong resident of western North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University. You can follow him on Twitter at @decunningham2. @decunningham2.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    Just saw the movie and I basically agree with the review. Which will be vague and abstract for those who haven’t seen it. I’m pretty sure I know what cameo you refer to and it’s one that packs a punch.

    In particular the return of the Emperor needed that extra five minutes of screen time to frame. And I wonder if Abrams was the right guy to do that explaining. I’m perfectly okay with just letting it ride, and I did and it all worked out okay and I had a great time. I was perfectly fine with the non-appearance of a particular beloved character from past movies.

    You should go see it, definitely. The only exception to that rule is if you haven’t seen other Star Wars movies. This should not be your first. If it were, it’d be as mystifying as seeing The Two Jakes without having seen Chinatown already. But with the mythology known to the viewer, the movie stands on its own pretty well.

    Hell, just go see it for the score, which is among the best of the nine movies. I wonder if it’ll be John Williams’ swan song; if so, he can hang up his baton with pride.

    Go see it for the lightsaber fighting and the use of locations. Quite effective.

    Go see it for the actors all stretching themselves; it’s a great performance by the whole cast and Adam Driver in particular.

    Go see it because if you’ve followed the story for most of your life, and most of us have, you deserve the closure it offers. Whatever flaws the movie does have, it fulfills its basic purpose of bringing the saga to a rousing and satisfying crescendo.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    The kid in the office who saw the movie on the opening Thursday night (he caught a 5ish/6ish showing) said that his theater was not full.

    I saw Fish tonight who saw it. He said that his theater was not full.

    That’s where we are.Report

  3. George Turner says:

    Episode IX, the Babylon Bee Review

    They say it’s better than Cats.Report

  4. KenB says:

    I saw it yesterday — went in with low expectations and they were exceeded. No really cringe-y bits, managed to salvage a decent story from the wreckage of Ep8. Still plenty to criticize if you want to, but IMO the best of the 3rd trilogy.Report

  5. Jaybird says:

    When The Last Jedi came out, we were tripping over each other to discuss it. We had… what? Five essays about it from five authors? Six?

    We talked about it for weeks.