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Cinema: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Picking up from where The Last Jedi left us, the remaining Resistance fighters face the imposing First Order – as Rey continues to search for answers to her past, whilst trying to refine her lightsaber skills and grow her knowledge of the force.

In classic Star Wars style, there are many questions to be answered. I believe the main unknown in fans’ minds is whether all these questions will be answered, or whether – despite it being the end of the saga – we will be left with yet another bundle of questions.

As the trailer revealed, Ian McDiarmid returning as Sheev Palpatine is a perplexing addition to the film, as The Emperor was presumed dead at the end of Return of the Jedi (1987). What really happened is just one of the questions that will be in the front of fans’ minds as they walk into cinemas on 19 December.

If you are a committed fan, there is no question as to whether you will be going to see this film. And the opposite is true for those who aren’t. For those in the small category that haven’t seen any of the Star Wars films, best to start at the beginning and leave this one until lucky last.

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