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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Complete Breakdown and Analysis of the Vanity Fair Preview

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, May 22, 2019.

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    The Rise of Skywalker will conclude a saga within the Star Wars galaxy that revolves around the Skywalker family. J.J. Abrams is tasked with ending a story that started with George Lucas's imagination, a pencil, and a pad nearly 45 years ago. The pressure on Abrams might be bigger than any filmmaker has ever had - and Star Wars fans should be thrilled that he is the one taking on the challenge.

    Vanity Fair's ultimate preview of The Rise of Skywalker (report by Lev Grossman and photos by Annie Leibovitz) dives into many aspects of the final chapter in the 'Skywalker saga', one of which being the fact that J.J. Abrams appears to have his finger firmly on the pulse of how to honor the past while building something new to conclude this incredible story.





    When J.J. Abrams was asked to bring Star Wars back after what many believed was a completed story, he never shied to express how much pressure he felt to honor a franchise this historic and make the best movie he could. Things are different now. Abrams is not only tasked with completing the story he began telling in this trilogy with The Force Awakens, he needs to end a saga that has in recent years been labeled 'The Skywalker Saga', nine movies of intergalactic Civil War revolving around one very powerful family to determine the fate of the galaxy. Abrams is completely cognizant of that fact:
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    Honoring the past while respecting our new characters' stories and arcs is a difficult balance. The marketing for this film early on has focused on our new heroes and villains. From leaked posters, to the mural at Star Wars Celebration, and the teaser/trailer itself, Abrams is making it clear this story is about Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren.

    What does Abrams compare the rise of The First Order to? (Which we will learn more about in The Rise of Skywalker)

    Leading the charge of space-Nazis under Supreme Leader Kylo Ren will be familiar face General Hux and Richard E. Grant's character, General Pryde. I imagine Pryde hopes he has more screen time than Captain Canady did in The Last Jedi, which was well under five bloody minutes.



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    In addition to the First Order, there is no more secret about the Knights of Ren. In what everybody expected, they are making their debut (or return, depending on how you want to look at it?) in The Rise of Skywalker, and it appears they will be on this new desert planet Pasaana. So, more sand planets. Good thing Anakin isn't alive!



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    How has Abrams changed in how he is making a Star Wars movie since he was tasked with reviving the franchise with The Force Awakens?
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    So we have the good guys, the bad guys, but Star Wars always needs that level of uncertainty too. Many speculated on who Keri Russell will play in the movie, with some hoping for her to be a Knight of Ren or dark side user, but it turns out she is a bit of a 'masked scoundrel.' Russell plays Zorri Bliss, pictured below in the 'Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi.'



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    J.J. Abrams is no longer obligated (perhaps self-inflicted) to perpetually bow down to what has come before, and in my opinion, he is not handling that in an arrogant manner, but in a way in which he understands is necessary. In order for Star Wars to remain relevant and vital is to evolve, and Abrams gets that. This isn't a Rolling Stones greatest hits reunion tour, this is Star Wars putting out what looks to be another incredible 'album' to tour on.



    HONORING CARRIE FISHER

    How Carrie Fisher is being handled for The Rise of Skywalker has surprisingly been hidden in the weeds of the mystery of this film, but Abrams has made it a point to honor the actress while also making sure they do it right, and it honors the story, and saga. I have left in the entire excerpt from Vanity Fair for this bit, as it is all very important in complete context.

    Here are all of the quotes from Kathleen Kennedy and the actors of The Rise of Skywalker featured in Vanity Fair's coverage:


    <p style='text-align: center;']'We've passed on all we know..'</p>


    Our original heroes are still here to help the new generation in the final fight, all out war, for the fate of the galaxy.



    ANTHONY DANIELS

    Did you hear that? He had trouble with his first line!
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    BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, on defending Lando all these years even after he helped defeat the Empire:

    Oh and one more reminder, as he previously said during the Episode IX panel at Celebration:
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    JOONAS SUOTAMO, on becoming Chewbacca and honoring the legacy of the character, having now played the character in almost as many films as Peter Mayhew has (his four to Mayhew's five):
    <p style='text-align: center;']...but this is your fight.'</p>


    The new generation enter their third act, it is their time now.



    OSCAR ISAAC, on making the film in authentic unpredictable environments:
    On the group (Rey, Finn, Poe) being together, with The Rise of Skywalker taking place one year after The Last Jedi:
    JOHN BOYEGA, on Finn finally knowing where he belongs after two movies of questions and uncertainty:
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    NAOMI ACKIE, playing Jannah, making her debut in The Rise of Skywalker, on what makes Star Wars feel different than other movies it may be lumped in with in terms of genre:

    ADAM DRIVER, on the uncertainty surrounding the Force connection between Kylo Ren and Rey at this point, a year after the events of The Last Jedi:
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    On Kylo Ren growing up in the shadow of two extremely important people, Han and Leia, who had their own agendas and perhaps weren't the most hands-on time-devoted parents, while living in the their shadow as legends if the rebellion against the Empire:
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    DAISY RIDLEY, on where Rey is a year after The Last Jedi. Way more established in her abilities and confidence, as shown immediately in the first shots of the teaser for The Rise of Skywalker:
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    KATHLEEN KENNEDY, the Lucasfilm boss stresses the understanding that Star Wars is special. It is more than just a popcorn blockbuster movie franchise, it is our current mythology that transcends movies:

    Why Star Wars can't be made the way it was over 40 years ago, and the importance of evolving with its audience:

    The Vanity Fair preview has provided us with so much new information about the film. We have new planets, the sandy Pasaana, where it appears all of our heroes and villains will be facing off at some point in the film, and snow-dusted Kijimi.

    We also have new characters, rebel Jannah, masked-scoundrel Zorri, and First Order General Pryde.



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    We are less than seven months away from seeing the final chapter in the 'Skywalker saga'. I have been told by several different people, that this movie will be loaded with fan service, including 'everything AND the kitchen sink', so I fully expect we'll see more nostalgic Easter eggs, cameos, and delights, in addition to all of this incredible newness presented here in this preview.



    That all makes a lot of sense, because as I said in the open, J.J. Abrams has his finger on the pulse. He knows that he needs to honor the past while moving us forward, and at the same time, closing out this chapter in the Star Wars franchise, the story that revolves around this one family, the Skywalkers. I wouldn't be more confident with any other filmmaker at the helm. I believe J.J. Abrams and crew will deliver one of the most unique, satistying, and stunning Star Wars films of all time. I can not wait for December!





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    Ah, music to my . . . um, eyes, I guess :)

    Hooray for being told what I want to hear! Yeah, marketing!
     
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    could this be continuation of the forceback flashback sequence from last Jed and Force Awakens ?? ;);) ..

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    I think it has to be something like that. As sad as it is that Luke is gone, I would not want them to resurrect him and pretend nothing happened in The Last Jedi. But looking forward to more Mark Hamill anyway.
     
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    I don't think so, because during the forceback he didn't have the glove on, he had a different robe, and based on the flashback in TLJ he had much shorter hair. Not to mention the landscape doesn't match up.

    This landscape, looks like the same that the DS remains are found on, it seems to have trees/grass.
     
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    "Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future. The past. Old friends long gone." Just sayin' :)
     
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    I think we have 3 possibilities for this picture (maybe someone can find others):

    1 - A flashback (but when chronologically?). This look is the same of Luke from TFA and the scene of the burning tree with Yoda;

    2 - This picture its just promotional for the VF magazine (this already happened before);

    3 - Luke in some way returned to life (new jedi power?)
     
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    My pessimistic logic is number 2, if it's really in the movie it's number 1 and is a flashback of some sort, 3 seems incredibly unlikely. If it is 3, each main line saga has introduced new force powers. It's not out of the realm of possibility that's its a new force power. @Darth Walt brought up that in one of the old, old drafts of Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan came back to the living to help Luke defeat the Emperor. While the ST is a new trilogy, it's using a lot of George's ideas from his ST drafts.
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    #2. All of those shots except for the candid set shots are promotional photos
     
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    Why go through the trouble of adding R2? Let alone the fire? Just have him stand there like other still photos.
     
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    I was suprised with some of the candid remarks by JJ and the cast as it isn’t all a typical fluff piece. The one interesting thing about this movie so far is that I sort of know where it’s going, but really have no idea where it’s going.

    If that makes sense? What I mean is it feels all familiar in so many ways, but I’m interested in how they connect all these pieces to tie the 9 movies together.
     
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    Well he has longer hair and a scragglier beard... But that's what I originally thought.
     
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    They will deage him later...
     
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    So many new characters. I find it hard to give a toss when there are so many characters vying for your affection/attention (see: Avengers). I hope many of the new roles are small ones, personally.

    I'm going to presume that Rey and Kylo are fighting on the sunken Death Star II there? Looks great!

    Luke with burning in background? With Artoo? Stumped on that one.

    I hope the talk of tying all 9 films is true (all of it) - whether that be through Plagueis or using Palpatine in a sensible way. I feel they have to have Darth Vader/Anakin play a larger role in this story. Star Wars is and always has been about that character. Divert from that and it feels disconnected. Just having his grandson be a bit of a d*ck isn't enough for me.

    Don't know what to expect with this film. As much as I enjoyed TLJ, story wise it was a slight spanner in the works for JJ. I know how I would make 9 (as I'm sure we all do!) but I'm excited and concerned to see what JJ does with it. It needs to tie in to both previous trilogies, settle the Skywalker story and offer something unique and exciting at the same time. Hard task. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Pretty sure if you'd asked anyone back in 1984 WHO ‘Star Wars’ is about, they probably wouldn’t have said “Darth Vader”.
     
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    It appears Palpatine is going to be the piece to tie all the trilogies together. We know from Celebration he is back. The VF article states

    “Sources close to the movie say that Skywalker will at long last bring to a climax the millennia-long conflict between the Jedi Order and its dark shadow, the Sith.”

    This leads me to believe that the new heroes (and possibly Kylo/Ben) taking down the new Palpatine threat will be what this statement is referring to. The new characters will continue to grow allowing for the finish of the ST while the threat of Palpatine and the long game he has been playing from the beginning will tie the ST to the others.
     
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    The OT (circa 1977-83) was always about the story of Luke Skywalker. Even in 1983, the redemption of Darth Vader was just a subplot to ROTJ (which gave the OT even more depth). The PT was when it really became about the arc of Anakin/Vader as we saw him as a child to his death, as he was the only character you saw that lifespan of.
     
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    Well let's just say I take the Lucas-reformist view of the saga ;)
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    Palpatine has already been dealt with though. I find it a little weak that he "survived" and needs killing again. It completely diminishes Vader's deed in ROTJ and goes against everything Lucas said (and he has involvement). Plagueis was a Sith. If his story was to continue it would tie into the Sith lore and be a part of his masterplan. In my view it would be better to have Palpatine's role be about locating Plagueis - the ultimate evil, the true man behind the curtain.
     
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    I was just referring to the question by the poster about what fans thought of the SW Trilogy (context) in 1984, way before the PT was even in development. Nobody back then (I saw ROTJ in the theaters in 1983) thought the OT was about Vader, as 99% of the fans thought it was Luke's journey.
     
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    I can't imagine "I am your father" lurking for fans for three years post Empire.
     
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