Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Review - 6 Ups & 8 Downs

5. The World-Building & Characters

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JJ Abrams clearly has great affection for the galaxy that he's inherited and adopted from George Lucas and he is a great sci-fi film-maker because he fundamentally understands that sense of longing and wonder that is inherently part of the genre.

You cannot at all fault the detail and design that has gone into this movie in the slightest. The worlds are phenomenally realised, the sets stand shoulder-to-shoulder with everything Lucas built and the characters who drop in - even for a moment or in the background - each clearly have a backstory and agonising amount of work gone into them too.

Even with all of the film's faults, there is no problem with spending time in this world, with Abrams' sense of wonder and amongst the races and dynamics that he's crafted. And a lot of that comes down to the art design, which should probably win all of the awards available.

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