Happy Star Wars Day!
Yes, today is Star Wars day, because it’s 4th of May. Why 4th of May? Well, because May the 4th be with you!
Anyways, since today is Star Wars Day, and there’s no other fandoms that have something going on today (since Avengers: Infinity War was moved from May 4th to April 27th) I thought I would do something Star Wars related today!
It’s gonna be controversial.
Today, I am ranking all the Star Wars films from my least favorite to favorite. Oh boy. (Of course, I won’t be counting the to-be-released Episode IX or Solo: A Star Wars Story).
#9: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Oh boy. While this is not at all a bad film, I feel that on the whole this movie felt slightly superfluous. You couldn’t get rid of it because you had to have the whole backstory of Anakin and Shmi and Qui-Gon, but at the same time it’s a very different “era” from Episodes II and III. Well, at least we were blessed with the Duel of the Fates, which is in my opinion the best Star Wars duel of all time. (Except for the part where Obi-Wan keeps falling 😜)
#8: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Widely considered to be the worst Star Wars films, I would say this is one of my less liked Star Wars films. The acting is kind of clunky (with the famous and often-ridiculed “I don’t like sand” line). However, I did like the Zam Wesell subplot with detective Obi-Wan, and the battle of Geonosis at the end was not bad (the scene where all the Jedi ignite their lightsabers is great).
#7: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Now when this movie first came out, I liked it quite a bit. Then, upon giving it some thought, I… didn’t. You see, the plot of a movie is a very important thing to me, so this basically being a rehash of A New Hope was incredibly disappointing. What was even more annoying to me was how everyone praised it so much and bashed the prequels even more (I am still a staunch defender of the prequels to this day). I just can’t stand the plot, even though objectively the movie has better acting overall than the prequels.
#6: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Contrary to many folks, I much preferred The Last Jedi to The Force Awakens. I went in expecting a super predictable movie (and an Episode V rehash) but the subverting of expectations – while it feels like it was taken a little too far – was good and blew me away when I watched the film. Despite plot holes aplenty, I think the film was not bad overall. The only main thing I didn’t like was how Luke used astral projection… and then died. That felt a little jarring to me – what was the point of using astral projection if he was gonna die anyway? Also, it kind of felt more like a trilogy conclusion than a middle trilogy movie. VII set up a ton of plot threads, VIII basically just chopped up a bunch of them… I don’t know what IX will do.
#5: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Okay, we’re moving in to the sacred originals territory here. You know how I mentioned plot is important to me earlier? Well, I think this is where ROTJ fails and why it is my least favorite Star Wars Original Trilogy film. The second Death Star was pretty uncreative and honestly rather disappointing. However, the film has its redeeming moments, like the emotion packed in the Final Duel (which is also, in my opinion, the best OT lightsaber duel) and Vader’s redemption. I also don’t really care for the Jabba scenes.
#4: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Controversial, I know – The Empire Strikes back is not my favorite Star Wars movie, and not even my favorite Original Trilogy film. While I definitely like it, and the “I am your father” scene is fabulous, I just… don’t like it as much as A New Hope. Speaking of which…
#3: Episode IV: A New Hope
Ahhh… the film that started it all. I love this movie, though I know it will be controversial that an Original Trilogy film isn’t my #1 favorite. This is still my favorite Original Trilogy movie, though, and I don’t have any serious complaints with it.
#2: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I know, many will no doubt be shocked by Rogue One ranking so highly. However, I absolutely love this film, and I personally think it is an underrated masterpiece. It’s incredible to be able to see Star Destroyers, AT-ATs, and TIE Fighters with modern technology, and I love all the characters – particularly Jyn, who I think is a much better protagonist than Rey. Also, even though I knew the plot before watching the movie, and we know that the rebels do get the plans in the end, I still feel a thrill of excitement when the heist is underway and when Raddus’ ship successfully gets the plan transmission.
Also, that Darth Vader hallway scene is one of my favorite Darth Vader moments in history.
#1: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Controversial alert!!! Yes, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is indeed my favorite Star Wars movie, and has been for a long time. I grew up with the prequels and absolutely love them – some might argue I’m from the sequels’ generation but I joined the Star Wars fandom before the sequels came out and I like the prequels too, especially III.
I just absolutely love this movie. I know everyone complains about the acting but while this movie had some weird moments (like Palpatine’s numerous weird faces in the Mace Windu duel), I think it’s pretty good on the whole. The Duel on Mustafar is a close second favorite Star Wars lightsaber duel for me, and the emotion portrayed by Ewan McGregor at the end (“You were my brother Anakin, I loved you”) is heartbreaking. Tons of stuff in this movie is emotionally powerful, from Order 66 and the Fall of the Jedi order to Anakin realizing he has killed Padmé. I know everyone makes fun of the “NOOOO” moment but I actually don’t mind it.
And even early on, before things get dark, there are great moments too, from the epic-scale Battle of Coruscant to the dynamics between Anakin and Obi-Wan.
The only main flaw of this movie is I think the fact that Padmé just goes full softie in this movie compared to her previous two movies. Still, she has good scenes too, like the scene with her and Anakin on Mustafar.
I just love this movie overall.
Anyways, that was my post! Thanks for reading it and hearing me blabber 😛 Do leave your rankings in the comments below, I’d love to read them! 🙂
VaderFan2187 out! 😀