Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker in 4DX
PUBLISHED: 11:27 20 December 2019
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The final instsalment of the Star Wars saga makes a perfect thrill ride for the new immersive 4DX experience at Cineworld Wembley Park
And so it's here, the final instalment in the nine part saga that has taken root in popular culture ever since that first shot of a star destroyer crosed our screens in 1977.
Those of us (just about) young enough to remember the thrill of that moment, will of course relate differently to the latest Disney blockbusters.
That first triology is so tied up with our adolescent fandom, we naturally think they are the best.
JJ Abrams' and Rian Johnson's attempts to recapture that excitement and continue the myth for a new generation has been patchy at least.
Their fast-paced, beautifully-shot action movies are like eating a bag of toffees, you're hooked in the moment, but when you get home you feel a bit sick about the plot holes, iffy dialogue, and dodgy characterisation.
That said, The Force Awakens was a great action movie which checked in with the past and promised exciting things for the future.
But the Rise of Skywalker confirms our suspicions, that unlike George Lucas' original concept, there never was a plot masterplan.
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The folk at Disney have been making it up as they go along.
The good news is that the more relatable characters from the trilogy, Finn and Poe are back on board The Millennium Falcon with Rey and Chewbacca.
And both Abrams' spectacular camerawork and the attention-deficit nature of their planet-hopping quest (don't stop to think too much about what or why or it won't fly) lend itself beautifully to the immersive 4DX experience.
The motion-co-ordinated seats and 3D glasses really make you feel as though you are on board with the gang.
When they travel to a snowy city there's a blast of cold air and a flurry of white powder to match the scene on screen.
And in the enthralling, breathtaking section where Rey crosses a heaving sea to confront Kylo Ren on the ruins of the second Death Star, we were drenched in rain and tossed about.
Yes there's the return of a very evil villain, yes you find out Who Rey Is, and yes they managed to work the late Carrie Fisher into the movie via some offcuts from the previous films.
Adam Driver's Ren has the kind of on screen intensity that can sell even the duffest over-complicated plot - and he carries off the most moving moments.
And while John Boyega's Finn is criminally under-used, he lights up the screen when he's on it.
The story is over-complicated, the cast too huge, with not enough proper character work, but it's a thumping adventure yarn that's enhanced by the fun of the 4DX wizardry.