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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-02-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JANUARY 2-7, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 3 'Rise of Skywalker' a fitting end to 'Star Wars' saga ★★★ 1/2 "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" was released Dec. 19 and I have now seen it three times, which puts me in a unique position to tell you, the reader, whether or not you should see it. This is the third film concluding the trilogy Disney embarked upon after purchasing Lucasfilm. This film also sees the return of director J.J. Abrams who directed the first installment "The Force Awakens," but more importantly, this film has to tackle the exceptional challenge of resolving what director Rian Johnson did with "The Last Jedi." Thankfully, Abrams has found a way to craft a story and a film that is both exciting and compelling to watch while also cleaning up many of the loose ends from the previous two movies. I give Abrams a lot of credit for even choosing to return to this franchise especially after the divisive nature of the previous film. The film opens with the very incredulous proposition that the evil Emperor Palpatine has been in hiding for the last 30 years and is out for revenge. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the resistance both find themselves searching for a Sith relic that will lead them to the seemingly reborn emperor. Perhaps the most enjoyable thing about this film is the camaraderie between Poe (Oscar Issac), Finn ( John Boyega), Chewie ( Joonas Suotamo) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). It has taken three films to accomplish this but they finally have the same rapport that Han, Luke and Leia did in the original trilogy from the 80s. Here, these heroes are given an opportunity to shine and expand on their characters in many differ- ent ways, with Poe getting a bit of a backstory and making room for an old flame, Zori Bliss (Keri Russell), to turn up and perhaps rekindle that relationship. Finn, the ex- stormtrooper, is given the opportu- nity to truly be a leader and a hero numerous times throughout this film and to perhaps tap into the force himself. Rey spends a great majority of the film struggling once again with the inner turmoil of not only who she is and her past, but whether or not she is going to fall to the dark side. The movie bounces around from location to location engaging all the major players in small conflicts and large ones. There are significant callbacks and mentions throughout the film, plus two or three surprises you may not expect. As a lifelong "Star Wars" fan, this film feels almost redemptive and I don't think it deserves some of the harsh criticism that many main stream movie critics have given it. "The Rise of Skywalker" is not a perfect film but it's as fitting of a conclusion to this nine-part saga that has spanned 42 years. Abrams, who started this trilogy and returns to finish it, succeeds as best he can. The film is rated PG-13. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE Returning for the con- clusion of the "Star Wars" saga are, from left, JOHN BOYEGA, JOONAS SUOTAMO, DAISY RIDLEY, and OSCAR ISSAC. "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" marks the end of the nine- part adventure that spanned 42 years. Dining Guide Steak • Seafood • PaSta 74 South Main St., Woonsocket, RI 401-235-9026 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday Noon-8 p.m. S • S 74 South Main St., Woonsocket, RI 401-235-9026 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; OUR WINTER WONDERLAND IS BACK! OVER $50,000 in Gift Cards & Food Items will Be Given Away! Stop In For Your Chance To Win! Daily lunch & Dinner specials Friday Seafood Specials $22.99 ANy buRgeR & ANy dRAFT beeR Over 20 Craft beers!

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