Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 52% When you re tasked with wrapping up a widely beloved film franchise that spans almost half a century and has inspired a uniquely passionate fanbase unrivaled by any other, you kind of have to accept the fact that you are likely not going to please everyone with the final result. In other words, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was almost guaranteed to be divisive, even with J.J. Abrams back in the director s chair. The story here picks up some time after the events of The Last Jedi, as Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and the rest of the Resistance rally to take out the remnants of the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been training in the ways of the Jedi, but finds that her fate is intertwined with that of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the pair must figure out what that means for them and for the future of the galaxy. Critics say that The Rise of Skywalker is an earnest effort to tie up loose ends and close the book on the Skywalker Saga, but its plotting is somewhat basic and uninspired, and at times, it feels as though the film is going out of its way to undo any perceived wrongs committed by its predecessor. That said, it s still a briskly paced adventure that smartly relies on the talents of Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, introduces some fun new characters, and offers enough fan service to tickle most fans nostalgia bones. There s no guarantee that you ll love this or hate this if you re a Star Wars fan, but taken on its own merits, it s still a reasonably entertaining spectacle.
Ryan Fujitani for Rotten Tomatoes: I read that Climax is loosely based on something that actually happened.Gaspar Noé: Yeah, it s an open adaptation. I was working on two other scripts based on true stories, and the moment you decide to make a movie about a true story you need to have the permission of the families. Also you can guess when you weren t in a situation and you see it from the outside or a newspaper, it s reduced to a situation in which people die or something.The whole movie happened quickly, although my line producer was obsessed with the story and I remember that story at the time. The movie was kind of improvised around what we had in mind for the story. So we said, like in the opening of the pitch, we can do a movie about a cult, you can do a movie about a war, you can do a movie about a couple of artists who committed suicide in their house, and you don t know what happened. Then you can invent a story out of that couple of artists who committed suicide in the mountain. But, it s an open adaptation.And certainly the dancers were not as good as the ones that were in the movie. I mixed the story with the dancers that I wanted to film, so you will certainly know this type of dancing.RT: Were you always interested in exploring the dance/musical format at some point?Noé: No, I did once a music video with filmed dancing that I really enjoyed shooting, but I had never shot choreography even two weeks before shooting. I never even thought I would work with a choreographer, hopefully secure Nina McNeely, who s a genius, and the casting, and what she created with them. I discovered on the third day of shooting, I had the crane, and then I started playing with the crane as Nina was playing with the dancers and the dancers were playing with the other dances. That particular scene is certainly the most corrective scene I ve ever shot, because I thought I was more like a documentary director shooting something that I instigated but I was not responsible for. It s like being the captain of a football team you re inside the team, but there are eleven players trying to win. So you can shout, but dancing didn t come from my mind. In my mind I said, Well, I want to do the choreography, and I found my favorite dancers around Paris. If someone has to be congratulated it s more them and Nina than me.RT: The film s themes are open for interpretation, though it s easy to imagine some people will simply take the central message to be an anti-drug warning, and I don t think that s your intention.Noé: It s like, no, some people are for abortion, some people are against abortion. Drugs are everywhere, even coffee, and even wines. The movie s not pro or against the use of chemicals. What I know is that there are situations that are portrayed in movies that exist in real life, and I like watching serious movies that would warn you about things that happened during wartime or in a hippie basement, but it s like everything. Alcohol I like alcohol. It s very good when you take one glass of wine, two glass of wine, and then a third one and fourth, and the energy is going up and up, and everything that is constructive and funny can suddenly turn totally destructive. I ve been in situations in which there were no drugs involved, in which a happy party turns into hell. Some people can handle alcohol, some people can not. Some people can handle small amounts of plants or chemicals, and the alternate. The movie s not a cautionary tale. Drama exists in your life even without substances.Climax is currently in theaters.