Happy Star Wars Day!

Hey everybody,

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

Star Wars The Last Jedi Wallpaper

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! 😀


18 thoughts on “Happy Star Wars Day!

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  1. See this is something that I just can’t bring myself to do. I can’t rank the films! They’re all great!

    When I was first introduced to Star Wars, I saw the original trilogy then the prequel trilogy. I loved the prequels and watched them over and over for all the cool space battles and lightsaber duels. Growing up, I think I came to appreciate the original films a lot more. From what I remember, my favourite films at the time were 4,6,2,3 (not ranked) I loved the battle on Endor and the Deathstar (ANH) and all the battles in 3 and 2.

    So I guess if I were to rank I would go


    ok, looking on the prequels without my 8-9 yr old eyes, they do have their cringey lines 😀

    now the new movies – TFA was pretty meh in my opinion, don’t particularly like kylo and am still pissed that Han’s dead. I LOVE Rogue One and agree with everything you said. Rogue One is now probably my favourite SW movie. The Last Jedi is also pretty good, but it did have some problems (canto bight was meh and what was that mirror scene with Rey?) but I loved Luke being on Crait and Yoda turning up in the earlier scene.

    So in total we have

    rogue one
    4, 6
    3, 5, 8
    2, 7

    yes i still can’t give them all individual ranks
    and there’s only minute gaps between each level 😀

    and as for my birthday I didn’t end up with any lego sets, but I did get some money. I’m now halfway to a UCS falcon, so I think I’ll pass on the Tie and Benatar and just keep saving xD

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      1. Yeah, Canto Bight was really boring. But…inside of me…I actually kinda liked the whole Canto Bight subplot for some random reason I didn’t know. Also, I think Kylo’s more grown up in The Last Jedi than in The Force Awakens, where he was pretty much a sad, emo teenager on the Dark Side. Also, I didn’t get the mirror scene, either. But Yoda’s return and Luke on Crait were well-executed. Also, in The Force Awakens Snoke was pretty much “The not-Palpatine of The not-Empire,” but in The Last Jedi, Snoke seems a lot scarier and more intimidating. In The Last Jedi he was all like “I am Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order, you child in a mask!”

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  2. Great article, I’m a big ROTS fan but ranking the Star Wars movies would be like putting my kids in order of preference! Happy to say I love them all equally and think that each one has different qualities that make them interesting and unique, same for the kids I suppose 😜

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