Featuring a forceful central performance by Riz Ahmed, it achieves its life-affirming aim in such a way that it never feels cloying or preachy.
The filmmakers seem unconcerned about appealing to anyone who isn’t a 9-year old boy; aside from the occasional throw-away line, there’s little here to interest adults.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sci-fi Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Joonas Suotamo, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Daniels
The last "Star Wars" movie is the most bloated and least satisfying of all the main-line adventures.
An engaging batch of campfire stories told from a fresh perspective, and that’s worth something in the stale world of PG-13 horror.
There are no real characters here, just quickly sketched stick figures in too-tight costumes that deliver a few solid laughs but not much more.
The movie doesn’t do anything well and it’s an open question why anyone would pay money to see a reworking of a premise that offers so little.
With a dose of comedy, a dash of romance, and some CGI-heavy battles, the film accomplishes what it needs to do.
What the film fails to deliver in adrenaline, it makes up for with testosterone-flavored laughter.
Although not “bad” in a conventional sense, it’s a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn’t have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10.
Although devoid of sophistication, the frothy love story may win over viewers who are predisposed to enjoy this sort of entertainment.