As a kid, I have loved the Star Wars franchise. Always have, always will. Sadly, the product Disney has been churning out has been in my opinion, well, to be diplomatic, not up to Lucas standards. That still does not deter my love for the franchise though. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to rank all the major Star Wars films for my own personal list. Bear in mind, this is my opinion, and everyone’s personal taste will differ to some degree. Without further adieu, let’s start. Note: SPOILERS AHEAD.
10. The Last Jedi: This really should not be surprising. At first, I was awestruck until I went a second time only to realize I had rose-colored glasses on the first time. Then, I really noticed the inconsistencies and pointless storylines. Enough said.
9. Solo: I hate to rate it so low since I really had high hopes for this movie. I did enjoy seeing Darth Maul at the end and I enjoyed Woody Harrelson’s acting, but outside of that, nothing really jumped out to me.
8. The Phantom Menace: As a kid, I loved the movie. Then, as I grew up, I realized how cringy young Anakin was and let’s not even go into Jar Jar. If it were not for The Last Jedi and Solo, it would definitely be rated as the worst Star Wars film on my personal list. The one saving grace; the epic duel between Maul, Obi Wan and Qui Gon with Duel of the Fates playing!
7. Attack of the Clones: This one was extremely hard to rate for me. On one hand, we have the cringy dialogue with Padme and Anakin throughout the movie (sand anyone?) coupled with the slow pace political scenes, but on the other hand, you get a fresh perspective on how the infamous Clone Wars started and get to see Master Yoda in action with a lightsaber for the very first time. Let’s just say there is a reason he was the Grand Master.
6. The Force Awakens: I feel somewhat “meh,” about this movie. I do, but I don’t like it. It was great seeing it in theatres as a part of a whole new Star Wars experience, but after seeing it once, I really don’t need to go out of my way to see it again. It did seem like the same plot as a New Hope, but it still did a much better job than The Last Jedi.
5. A New Hope: Speaking of which, we finally have our first of the OG trilogy. This movie set the tone for it’s time. It sparked a terrific franchise we all admire to this day. Without it, there is no Luke, there is no Obi-Wan, there is no Vader and you get the point. This movie is the good ole’ reliable of the films. You basically can’t go wrong with it.
4. Rogue One: So far, this is the only product Disney has put out that I have thoroughly enjoyed when it comes to the new Star Wars movies. This movie took things in a different direction, and boy did it hit a home run. I loved the transition scene with Vader at the end going into A New Hope and I loved the plot of the movie with the mix of new characters and old ones trying to steal the plans of the Death Star. This idea had me skeptical at first as a movie taking place in between two other movies, but it did a fine job.
3. Empire Strikes Back: Insert your “It’s treason then,” gifs below. I know this should be number one, but for me, it isn’t. Regardless, it is still a Star Wars classic and who could forget that revelation (you know what I am talking about.) Really, I don’t see any flaws with it. The next two are just also so good in my book, it could be a toss-up between these final three really. However, I give ESB the 3 spot on my personal list.
2. Revenge of the Sith: This is no doubt the powerhouse of the prequels. I love this movie from the first second to the last. We see just how diabolical Palpatine (or Sideous) really is, and we see the first steps taken as Darth Vader by Anakin. It toys with your emotions but balances it out perfectly giving you a sense of hope at the end. Not to mention, we get the greatest saber duel of all the movies between Anakin and Obi-Wan. PS, Mace won the fight fair and square against Palpatine, just ask George Lucas.
1. Return of the Jedi: I will admit it. This is basically my favorite because as a kid, it was the good prevailing over evil. Sure, there were some flaws, but we get to see Luke finally come into his own as a powerful Jedi, Vader redeem himself and Han and Leia coming to terms with their relationship. Plus, I have always loved the scene of Luke giving his father a proper Jedi burial, ceremony or whatever you want to call it. If you watch all of the movies in order, it gives you a nice sense of nostalgia and remembers Qui Gon’s, Vader’s first master, ceremony. This is just a personal opinion list, so feel free to comment your top ten. All in all, I hope this gave you something interesting to read if you were looking for anything Star Wars related.