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G Doyle’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
You know what I like on my 2nd viewing? How much it leans on Raiders of the Lost Ark more than any other film in the series to make Star Wars. George did it. Look at the ROTJ Sail Barge/Sarlaac sequence... The way the action sequences pile on top of each other. Never would of turned out like that if wasn’t for Spielberg’s energetic work on Raiders.
Rise’s Indiana Jones bits?. Poe’s khaki outfit was instant from trailers. Plays out in Paasana and Kijimi. Former with its Middle Eastern / Northern African feel. Initial meeting with Informant. The chase. Even a speeder buried underground that looks like the hood ornamented German merc truck from Raiders chase scene. The dagger on the skeletal remains guarded by a snake. Assumed death of character aboard enemy transport. Only thing left would be for Zorii to sucker punch Poe When his guards down on the first encounter. Raiders Raiders Raiders.
Kijimi is the most WWII movie Star Wars planet to date German occupied Norwegian town anyone? / Colditz Vibe. later there’s even a map room quality to how the dagger is used on the Endor moon. Even the supernatural quality to the final act is channeling the opening of the ark covenant.
Also I still cried the same amount of time as the first time. B-Wings and Wedge. Noticed John Williams on Kijimi this time in IMAX.
The time that’s given to C-3PO and Chewie in this film. 3PO is a character that’s been constantly mugged off for 8 movies. It’s kinda his role. Very much underwritten in these recent ones, given a lot of miscalculated shitty jokes in the Prequels.