The Last Jedi has just released in theaters and I’m planning on seeing it tomorrow. For the last few months I have watched every movie in the series to get a fresh eye on them. I will also not be ranking the Clones Wars movie (which I did see in theaters) and even if I did it would’ve ranked last place anyway.
10. Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Looking at the other Star Wars movie there was at least something special about each of them except for episode II. The characters are dull, the story is dull, and the action scenes are dull. Count Dooku is kind of cool but that’s mostly because Christopher Lee is a great actor. Was it ever George Lucas’s idea to have Boba Fett and the Stormtroopers have a connection? Episode II just felt like a generic Star Wars movie.
9. Episode I – The Phantom Menace
The movie that made people realize that Star Wars can suck. It’s impossible to see Jack Lloyd playing who will become Darth Vader and he’s too young to be with Natalie Portman (I think Dipper and Wendy have a better chance than these guys). I guess I do like the climax of the movie because it combines all types of Star Wars battles like a space battle, an army battle, and a lightsaber battle. Also Jar Jar sucks.
8. Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Best prequel film though that doesn’t say much. Grievous felt unnecessary (Genndy Tartakovsky did him justice), too much politics and I don’t get Anakin’s reason for turning bad. There are still good stuff though. The movie feels much bigger and darker (though mostly in visuals than themes) than the other movies and I also like how everything reached its lowest point with the Jedi dying, the republic turning into the empire, and Anakin turning into Darth Vader.
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
This is honestly the black sheep of the new Star Wars movies. There are way too many plot conveniences like having the character try to find something that just so happens to be on the same planet there on now. The cast was good though especially Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.
6. Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
I think my main problem was moving from the stuff with Jabba’s palace to Endor felt like two separate stories felt odd. Another problem is the 2nd Death Star because it’s just another Death Star. The first thing you literally see is the 2nd Death Star and there was no build up to it. The best part about the movie is the stuff with Luke, Darth Vader and the Emperor. Return of the Jedi was a great conclusion to a great trilogy and for a while to a great series.
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Ever heard of the movie that fixed an old plot hole? Rogue One is that movie. This was a very different Star Wars movie but it still has the feel as one. The movie took a lot of risks like killing off all the main characters. There’s so much stuff that’s awesome about Rogue One. K-2SO is awesome, Darth Vader is awesome, and the climax is one of the best in the series. For a stand-alone Star Wars movie, they still put there all into it.
4. Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
I don’t care if it’s controversial, I really like this one even if it is simular to The Empire Strikes Back. I will admit I was disappointed with the answers to questions we got like Rey’s parents or Snoke. Still, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and Daisy Ripley are the standouts of the cast and both work off each other wonderfully and the action scenes are still great.
- Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
I know this is considered the best, I just like my top 2 more. The narrative is incredibly different and darker from the first one which makes it more like a continuation rather than a repeat. It wasn’t about destroying an evil weapon it felt more trying to escape from the villain and learning about the force. I like that the planets are different in terms of color and environment. The Father twist is great, Darth Vader is a great villain and everything else is great at progressing the characters, galaxy, and story.
- Episode VII – The Force Awakens
One of my favorite movie experiences was seeing The Force Awakens at Las Vegas with my Dad on opening day. Seeing The Force Awakens was like seeing the original back in 1977. It introduces new characters that are not killed off therefore we can see them develop later and I think it has the best use of balancing CGI with practical effects. Sure Episode VII did do the same story from A New Hope but I think the ideas was to remind us of how grand Star Wars was and that it can be grand again.
- Episode IV – A New Hope
The one that started it all. Why is it my favorite? Because Episode IV is one of the best examples of the Hero’s Journey. I think I also like this movie because it feels the most complete and most standalone from the others because there’s no cliffhangers and everything wraps up nicely. Though if that happened we wouldn’t have had such a wonderful movie series. Episode IV established great characters, a great setting (or galaxy), great music and great moments that we knew and loved for 40 years and more years to come which is why it’s my favorite Star Wars movie.
Where will The Last Jedi rank? I’ll just have to trust the force and see what happens.