Forcing New Records: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Hits Major Milestones
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is already breaking records—and it hasn’t even hit the box office yet.
The official final trailer dropped Monday night during Monday Night Football. Within 24 hours, pre-sale tickets skyrocketed, beating out all pre-sale records for the franchise.
The final movie in the newest trilogy is also the longest movie in the series at 155 minutes.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the first movie in the latest trilogy, hit theaters in 2015. It’s sequel, THE LAST JEDI, followed in 2017. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER will come to theaters this December.
Movieguide® previously recommended extreme caution for both THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE LAST JEDI.
“Above all, though, the movie’s biggest problem has nothing to do with bad storytelling or bad filmmaking, or even a better climax,” according to the Movieguide® review of THE FORCE AWAKENS. “Far from it! The biggest problem is that the movie has a very strong New Age pagan worldview promoting impersonal Eastern monism, a worldview that, ultimately, is irrational and warrants strong caution.”
Though too long by about 15 minutes, THE LAST JEDI is a crowd-pleasing science fiction blockbuster with some rousing, uplifting moments and lots of heroism, but the movie inserts strong Hindu, New Age, pantheistic, nominalist, occult elements and references that overwhelm the positive elements.
The latest stories in the saga add actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver with the original cast of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
Boyega, the son of a Pentecostal pastor, is also producing a project called GOD IS GOOD.
Deadline reports that the upcoming movie’s storyline is, “set in Cape Town’s Cape Flats,” and that “the English-language film will follow a reformed gangster-turned-pastor and a volatile detective who cross paths after an act of brutal violence sets them on [a] collision course with a heinous gang lieutenant.” …
Boyega grew up in a Christian home as the son of a Pentecostal preacher, which could be a reason the story means so much to him.
He called GOD IS GOOD “important,” imparting that it “explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression… where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power.”
Despite Boyega’s strong Christian roots, Movieguide® suggests exercising extreme caution when viewing the STAR WARS franchise.
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