Yet Another Dismal Star Wars Movie

Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Lucasfilm)
It’s time to take a break from the franchise.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he first half of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t good, and the second half isn’t bad. After eleven films, the only fuel left in the series’s tank is sheer nostalgia, but at least Episode IX doesn’t go out of its way to irritate the audience, the way The Last Jedi did. I left the theater with a hearty shrug and a strong sense that the film’s director, J. J. Abrams, is the Ford Motor Company of filmmakers — a titan of mediocrity, an avatar of averageness, a guardian of the garden-variety. If he is a defining artist of

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