A nostalgic movie for old children

What JJ Abrams did with “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” was to return to our childhood to say goodbye forever to Luke, Leia and all that universe that, after seeing “Star Wars galaxies ”, we imagined as we grew up looking at the stars. The closing of this trilogy, I have no doubt, is dedicated to that generation.

“What are you doing there, C3PO?”
“Taking one last look, sir, at my friends.”

EIt is indescribable the effort that today requires not to be contaminated with spoilers when a movie is released in the cinema or in any service of streaming. In these days of digital noise and social networks, any comment or criticism on Facebook or Twitter reveals details that are creating prejudices before sitting down in front of the big screen. For “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” I used my hermit skills to keep myself informed about the film. Except for a negative comment that I half read, without going into minutiae, I achieved my mission. So I waited a week to be in a room less crowded. My luck smiled at me. My judgment was virgin towards the last episode of a saga that is part of my life, in a room a little more full than empty. I was ready and comfortable for the last date. Until a girl sat next to me with her popcorn and her thousand comments for her older sister than she expected to see.

Breath deeply. “Patience, Fer, everything will be fine,” I repeated to myself. And in the end everything worked out.

Now it’s my turn to do the spoilerSo, dear readers, if you don’t want me to ruin your movie viewing experience without being told about it first, this is the right time to stop reading. The latest episode of “Star Wars” is definitely a call to childhood for those of us who are between 40 and 60 years old. That is to say, that generation of children and young people who saw that first trilogy that revolutionized fiction cinema between 1977 and 1983. And although for stretches I doubted whether Abrams morbidly appealed to exploit those memories or if he did it as a kind of final tribute , of which I have no doubt is that history was directed for the eyes of that generation.

And he did not do it simply. He used dramatic elements such as the deaths of the iconic characters of the saga. With that Abrams blackmailed us throughout the movie. The director’s first low blow is Chewbacca’s death at the hands of Rey. Damn kid, I said, when her lack of control of the force caused the ship Chewie was supposed to be on to explode. Yes, a young woman ending a whole cross-sectional character from “Star Wars.” As I repeat, I am not sure if Abrams did it morbidly, knowing of the generational conflicts of today, but the scene is shocking. And in the room where I saw the movie, the bad surprise was translated into murmurs and laments. It is the first hook to the liver, which does not last long, because later we see that the furry is not dead.

«The last episode of” Star Wars “is definitely a call to childhood for those of us who are between 40 and 60 years old”

The next blackmail for our feelings comes with the farewell of C3PO, the same one that I placed at the beginning of the text. C3PO is like that friend who does not stop talking, who despairs you, who comments inopportune things, but who is an essential part of your life. And although it is in the line of the characters “falls bad” – along with the champion, Jar Jar Binks – “Star Wars” would be a different thing without C3PO. The girl next to me let out a “nooo, nooo!”, Almost sobbing, when the android uttered his line to say goodbye. How under this director Abrams –and his comparsa and screenwriter, Chris Terrio– who play with our emotions!

But why, for me, is it a call to our childhood and youth? Because it is the closing of a cycle. Because the characters, like ourselves in real life, are older and, in the film, dying, as it will happen to us, irremediably. Because it is a great tribute and farewell of more than two hours to everything that “Star Wars” meant in the lives of us geeks, fans of the saga. To my mornings on vacation from school watching that program “Gente chica” where the first three episodes were religiously spent every year. In the afternoons with friends at Chepe’s house, where we met to watch those same movies on Betamax. To VHS nights watching the remastered movies. To experiment in the cinema, in the nineties, when George Lucas released Episode IV digitized and with new scenes. To movie night with my girlfriend to see the premiere of Episode I. To my Luke’s sword, plastic, but with the sound of a lightsaber. To the Halloween party dressed as Obi Wan-Kenobi. To the premiere of Episode II without my girlfriend. To my video games, to Luke, to Leia, to Han, to Obi Wan, to Chewie, to R2, to 3PO, to Lando, to Vader, to the Emperor, to a fictional story that left many life lessons between its lines.

Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, Jimmy Vee, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie y Daisy Ridley forman parte del reparto de «Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)».

And this last film did not lack those lines of inspiration that are also a reflection of what happens in real life. “Never give up because we are not alone” is the moral of this last episode. Here again I suspect that Abrams makes a reading of the present times of our societies, as Lucas did in the 1970s and late 1990s and early 2000s. Let me explain: while in the seventies saga there are tremendous allusions to rebel or guerrilla movements against the hegemony of dictatorial military regimes in many countries, in the second trilogy we could see how the “if you are not with me, you are against me” was translated , professed in those same years by US President George W. Bush with his invasion of Iraq.

And in this latest film by Abrams, the sense of “absolute majority” that populist governments have today is evident, reflected in the moments when Emperor Palpatine launches his Final Order: “whoever opposes or simply ignores, will be destroyed ”is the warning. The message with which the Resistance agrees is categorical and Abrams makes it ring in his film: “They win when they make us believe that we are alone, but in reality there are many of us.” “We are few, but we have each other.” Each society will know how to read the messages that are latent in the tapes, and mainly in the latter, which are complemented by reality.

«It is a great tribute and farewell of more than two hours to everything that“ Star Wars ”meant in the lives of us geeks, the fans of the saga »

I can not ignore the technical, to which I do not owe major criticism, except for some gaps in his script: Rey is Palpatine’s granddaughter. But when the hell did we find out that Palpatine had kids? Another: Who are the six non-speaking, black-clad warriors who appear a few times throughout the movie and are defeated by Kylo? What were they put there for? What do they exist for? Another: Why do Rey and Kylo have a romantic kiss if that possibility was never nurtured in the two previous films, nor in this last one? Definitely these lines of the script do not fit with anything. Those gaps are common in entertainment movies and “Star Wars”, by the way, is an entertainment saga. In fact, I have always seen with a frown those who passed by demanding from this series that films of fine threads be made, as if they were also looking for those of Marvel or those of DC Comics to point to the Oscar. Come on people, it’s just a long-ago bedtime story in a galaxy far away.

Otherwise, the use of technology is great. To make Carrie Fisher credible as Leia and, even more, to show us the two Skywalker brothers in their youth with as much simplicity as if there were no trick behind it, are pleasant surprises of how much computers serve the cinema. In short, we are looking at the best movie in the latest “Star Wars” trilogy. And we are also facing a better trilogy than that of episodes I, II and III. This latest work by Abrams does not claim to be the best, but it does more than achieve its intention: to wink at those of us who are old children and make our endearing characters fire us.

In the end, Rey resolves her conflict, finds herself and finally gives stability to the universe, with the backing of the entire Jedi order who are now part of the whole. Rey will live in what was Luke’s home in Tattooine, as a symbol that teaches us about the distinction between what we want to be and what, apparently, we are destined to be. A valuable message: to be by will, not by a supposed destiny. Rey has the blood of a Sith, and she will never deny it, but she will represent, because she so chose, the Jedi caste.

“Tears came to my eyes, how nostalgic,” said the girl who was by my side to her sister when the film ended.

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A nostalgic movie for old children

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