Rent Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

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Rent Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (aka Star Wars: Episode IX / Star Wars: Black Diamond) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
LucasFilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker', the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan
Voiced By:
Shirley Henderson, J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio, Debra Wilson, Matthew Wood, James Earl Jones, Andy Serkis, Hayden Christensen, Olivia D'Abo, Ashley Eckstein, Jennifer Hale, Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor, Alec Guinness, Frank Oz, Angelique Perrin, Freddie Prinze Jr., Liam Neeson, Kipsang Rotich
Writers:
Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, George Lucas
Others:
Stuart Wilson, John Williams, Matthew Wood, Andy Nelson, David Acord, Christopher Scarabosio, Neal Scanlan, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Paul Kavanagh, Dominic Tuohy, John Williams
Aka:
Star Wars: Episode IX / Star Wars: Black Diamond
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/04/2020
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
Catalan, English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/04/2020
Run Time:
142 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • The Skywalker Legacy
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase
  • Aliens in the Desert
  • D-O: Key to the Past
  • Warwick and Son
  • Cast of Creatures
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/04/2020
Run Time:
142 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/04/2020
Run Time:
142 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German, Italian
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Felt like they had 5 days to come up with this finale - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review by GJ

Spoiler Alert
08/05/2020

This is a blueprint of a movie. Take all the elements that worked in ptevious movies ( particularly the emipre strikes back ) and rearrange them. Add a few contrived scenes ( let them fight among the waves ..... why ? ) add superflous characters ( the lady in the helmet ) and tie everything with ropey dialog

Even John Williams score was on auto-pilot. The final battle was spectacular though a carbon copy of every star wars film before it . The rest of the film seemed low key ( dare i say low budget ). There were times it felt like an 8 part streaming series than a cinematic event .

As for characters : why are Star Wars smugglers so boring ? Oscar Isaac is a good actor but his captain zack badass charming rogue ace pilot blah blah only works when somebody writes actual dialogue for him. ( The Solo movie had the same problem: a load of good actors sitting in a room talking about ..... who cares ?)

The actors do their best - particularly Adam driver and Daisy Ridley but the writers couldnt work out their character dynamic . Ok, one wears black and the other white but both are humourless , constantly distracted and borderline kamikaze. It was difficult to care about either one.

JJ abrams directed this remotely from a galaxy far far away - i dont think he wanted to make this film and used broad strokes.

It was nice to see returning characters - some worked better than others but unfortunately i dont think the Carrie Fisher scenes work that well . I dont know what they could have done . Her scenes were included with respect and care but took you out of the movie .

I like the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi but this film feels like a rushed fan service film that had to double back and cut the developing saga in its tracks

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Inexorable Videos Micro Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review by EP

Spoiler Alert
02/02/2020

Although the visuals look fantastic, no amount of fan service can excuse this absolute blunder of a finale.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

The Fall of Skywalker - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review by KG

Spoiler Alert
04/02/2020

The biggest slap in the face for any movie the Decline in Quality is amazing... My god Spice world was better than this... Rip Star Wars.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (aka Star Wars: Episode IX / Star Wars: Black Diamond) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The end of the Star Wars sequel trilogy comes in for a crash-landing with The Rise of Skywalker, splintering into shards as it takes a hard turn into the finale. Though far from the worst entry in all of Star Wars, there’s an underwhelming and unsatisfying conclusion that never plays off what has been built so far throughout. While it would be so easy to blame this restructuring on the radical developments of The Last Jedi, that’d be ignoring the film’s bigger problems. Not only does this movie forget about a lot that was established in The Last Jedi; it forgets to develop all the new stuff present within this final film.

Shouldn’t it feel like things are drawing to a close in this last chapter? If so, why does it feel like the opening exposition title crawl wasn’t long enough? Even with all the explanations given, it still feels like more of the third act is reserved for a hefty chunk of exposition. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is off treasure hunting for attaining the next level of Sith power. The Resistance trio of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) are all busying themselves with contacting a spy within the evil First Order and also MacGuffin hunting. All that would be fine so long as there’s some time for some great character chemistry in between. Except there’s not much time for that. At one point, Finn fears he is near death and tells Rey he never had the chance to tell her something important. Even when the two survive the near-death encounter, Finn never finishes that thought. After all, there’s no time!

While the film finds a lot of action to busy itself, there’s a lacking depth for all that is introduced. While I do appreciate that we learn just a tad more about the pasts of Finn and Poe, their histories leave little room for anything more than brief scenes and temporary babysitters for them. Because let’s face it, Rey is the real star of this trilogy. She contains the most mystery, pluck, and has the most concerns about her path to becoming a Jedi. She wants to embrace the teachings of Luke Skywalker, considering the master’s nonviolent means of helping the heroes on the previous picture, by striving to use the Force more to create life than destroy it. Neat. But there’s no time for that! Not when we’ve got more battles to wage, more lineage to reveal, and more starships to explode.

Director J.J. Abrams does more or less what he did with The Force Awakens, utilizing a formula that works well for jump-starting dormant franchises but not for closing them out. He introduces us to so much new stuff and then never pulls off anything that surprising with it. Just like with The Force Awakens, he brings in new characters, dusts off a familiar favorite (Billy Dee Williams), and then crams in all the Star Wars nostalgia a fan could gobble down in under three hours. If there’s anything that can be said of his Star Trek revival, it’s that he’s got to toss a franchise off to someone else once the story and characters are up and running. In particular, he doesn’t know what to do with Finn’s new love interest of Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), pushing her far into the background. Imagine being a character who risked life and death to show her love for the hero, only to stay behind and do nothing when the real battle starts.

There’s just too much within this trilogy-closer to ever breathe. We’re introduced to some friendly new additions to the cast but can hardly get more than a handful of scenes out of them, never feeling like they pack an emotional punch. We explore a few more powers of the Force but once more become bogged down with the past and answering questions that never needed explanations (anyone really cares that Snoke was a clone?). We get a massive starship battle to close out the picture but so what? Haven’t we gotten one within every trilogy closer to this saga? Such a grand display feels more like a generic tradition than a genuine thrill, especially when branded with the most boring of dialogue, where the hero zooms in with an armada at the last moment to mutter “you’re not alone.”

There are some bits and pieces of this picture that work well, namely any scene between Kylo Ren and Rey debating about the future of the Jedi. There’s some great drama in how they interpret the Force and what can be learned from the mistakes of the past. Also fun is the mild back and forth between Rey, Finn, and Poe, carrying a handful of smiles while they make their way through dark tunnels on an adventure. But so much of the fun within such a picture comes more from the elements presents rather than the themes of a hero, evoked most blandly. A Star Wars film should not feel this standard with adventure.

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