When it comes to Star Wars most fans would benefit from a reminder that the films are made primarily as adventure stories for children. What’s also forgotten is that when Star Wars (1977) arrived it had the space adventure sub-genre all to itself; there had been nothing like it before and nothing to compare it to.
Even so, George Lucas, Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand’s original trilogy was a lot better than it had any right to be. As such, expectations for further Star Wars outings were very high. Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (2019) is thus a film 42 years in the making, the final word on the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han.
The prequel trilogy, for all the hype surrounding it, never had to contend with these expectations. Being set before A New Hope the films didn’t have to handle the beloved original cas
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