Say what you will about ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, many already have and still do in the deep, dark realms of social media, but if even the most staunchest of haters doesn’t have even a tiny glimmer of emotion at the moment then I don’t know what to say.
The build-up to this moment is intense to say the least. After Poe watches his long time friend and wing mate, Snap Wexley get shot down by a Sith TIE Fighter, the battle starts to play on Dameron, as the sound design is filled with shouts, screams and questions for the General we see Poe at his most defeated, this is the most broken we ever see him, maybe that he has ever been (even more so than in the novel ‘Resistance Reborn’ where he is dealing with his actions at the beginning of ‘The Last Jedi’). His apology to The Resistance is a sign that he has resigned himself to defeat.
But when we get Lando’s voice, in the first of two great moments where Lando saves the day, we get not only the Millennium Falcon, The Ghost and the mish-mash of ships we got in the trailer, but a whole wide-shot of ships, led by Lando and Chewie.
The brilliance doesn’t rest at the feet of J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio, sure they wrote a great moment (some would say lightning in a bottle for that team-up) or Oscar Isaac, even though his performance in the scene is fantastic. It’s the true master of Star Wars, the only other person next to George Lucas who has had a hand at crafting the Galaxy.
Like Lando, John Williams flies in and rather than giving us a new ‘Duel of the Fates’ or ‘Battle of the Heroes’, he simply and brilliantly gives us the Main Theme as the people of the Galaxy arrive and join the battle, becoming the overwhelming force of hope that will bring down the tyranny that has plagued the Galaxy.
The theme plays its way through the beginnings of this new battle, following the Millennium Falcon and the fighters on an attack, giving us that Wedge cameo that just added to the sequence, leading into the “Its not a Navy, it’s just people.” line that just sums up the whole moment beautifully.
Whilst the film isn’t the best of the Saga, it’s safe to say that it does have some fantastic moments and this, for me, is one of the best, if not of the whole Sequel Trilogy, hell, the whole of the Skywalker Saga.
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