Hello There! With May the 4th (Star Wars Day) being tomorrow, I thought it appropriate that today’s post center around Star Wars! I decided, why not rank the Star Wars Skywalker saga movies from my least favorite to favorite? Since I am only ranking the Skywalker saga (the three trilogies) that means no “Star Wars Story” movies or Star Wars shows will be included. I have recently re-watched the Star Wars movies, so this should be fun. Also, beware of spoilers if you have not seen Star Wars!
8. Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Now, little Anakin is cute and Darth Maul is wicked-cool, not to mention wise old Qui-Gon Jinn, but this movie really lacks in entertainment value for me. First of all, the CGI is downright awful. I’m not even that picky when it comes to CGI, but it was hard to watch even for me. George Lucas relied way, way too much on it. This movie did not develop or let us get to know Obi-wan hardly at all. Instead, it focused more on Qui-Gon, a character who frankly does not make it out of the movie alive. I also found that the overall story bored me. The pod racing was decent though.
7. Episode 2: Attack of the Clones
Attack of the clones had a plentiful array of cringy moments almost entirely due to Hayden Christensen’s whiny and excessively hormonal portrayal of Anakin Skywalker. Some might put this movie in the last place because of this. I did not place it last because I enjoyed the overall story more than the Phantom Menace, not to mention the CGI appeared much better. The action was also fairly good, and JANGO FETT and his little son BOBA can’t possibly fall in the last place. Just get rid of the distasteful Anakin and Padme love-y stuff and the parts where Anakin freaks out (out of nowhere) and you got a decent movie with the awesome clones coming to the rescue in the end.
6. Episode 6: Return of the Jedi
Whoa! We jumped ahead. This may be an unpopular opinion, but ROTJ falls in 6th place. This is mainly due to the fact that I really had almost zero interest in the entire 1st act with Jabba the Hut. Why would they take Boba like that?! WHY?! Again George went back to this and added useless CGI like that very weird singing creature. CRINGE! Luke also seemed to suddenly jump into a more prideful skin and I found myself less engaged with his character than in the previous movie. I mean, I understand he is finally a full-fledged Jedi, but the dude needed a tad more humility. Also, Yoda was just basically visited to show his death. That’s was pretty much it for him. This used to actually be my favorite Star Wars movie as a little kid, mostly because of the Ewoks, but now I realize the Ewoks can’t entirely hold everything together. It does hurt to put the movie with the wonderful redemption of Vader this low, but here we are. Episode 6 falls in 6th.
5. Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
Back to the prequels we go. Honestly, ROTS is much better than its predecessors, but I almost am sick of this movie just because I watched it three times in a row (once by myself, then re-watching it with my brother, then finally convincing and watching it with my sister who dislikes Haden’s Anakin with a passion). I think the reason it ranks here above Return of the Jedi is that I appreciate the larger story of Anakin becoming Vader, and after watching the Clone Wars TV show this movie has so much more meaning for me. Also, General Grievous sprinkled in there never hurt anybody. Hayden’s Anakin is improved in this movie (though not amazing) and usually when in Obi-wan’s presence. Oh and THIS is the Obi-wan I love the best. The ending is beautifully heartbreaking as well.
4. Episode 7: The Force Awakens
This movie was a lot of fun to be sure, but it was quite a copy of episode 4. I really enjoyed Rey as a character, but she was able to use the force a little out of nowhere. Finn was hilariously clueless, and Poe and BB-8 were adorable together. I REALLY enjoyed Kylo Ren and his struggle to stay in the dark and his lightsaber is one of my favorites ever. I loved old Han. It really is too bad that the original characters never were fully reunited. The sequels are the Star Wars movies in theaters I am growing up with. I became a bigger fan of Star Wars when the sequels re-introduced me to it. So I am biased. The dual on Star Killer base was epic. The melted Darth Vader helmet is just icing on the cake. Also, “Tell that to Kanjiklub!” is one of my favorite things to quote. I love this movie a lot, I think I just like others better.
3. Episode 4: A New Hope
I debated putting the Force Awakens in this spot, but A New Hope was the original, the classic. It needs some love, and re-watching this movie I love it so much more! Luke can be just a bit whiny (though NEVER as much as Anakin), but he grows throughout the film and he is really easy to sympathize with. “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” < Is a line I can laugh at forever. R2-D2 and C3-PO are at their best, and they are a hilarious duo. Darth Vader is immediately presented as very threatening, but I enjoy how Princess Leia displays herself as unfazed. The garbage chute scene is fantastic. Near the end, the entire audience roots for Luke to blow up the Death Star and the explosion is completely satisfying (One of the most satisfying in cinema history). By the way, Han shot first.
2. Episode 8: The Last Jedi
I have come to completely realize that this movie did not do the best with its storytelling, but again I am biased to the sequels, and this movie was defined for me not by the overall story, but tons of individual scenes that are unforgettable. This movie had the best fight in Star Wars history. I could watch Kylo and Rey chopping up Pretorian guards for hours. This movie showed us more aspects of the Force’s capability like the force projecting done by both Kylo and Luke. Speaking of Luke, it was sad to see his death, but his last fight was awesome. Yoda zapping a tree with lighting will always be epic, also, when Luke and Leia connected through the force. I believe this movie pointed to redemption for Kylo/Ben Solo which I am strongly rooting for. I like the relationship between Rose and Finn because they are both adorable and self-sacrificial. Also, porgs are so cute.
1. Episode 6: The Empire Strikes Back
“No, I am your father,” can we leave it at that? Maybe not, but still! After rewatching this movie I fully loved it end to end!!! I decided it fully deserved to be number 1. Luke is at his extreme best in this film. He isn’t whiny and he isn’t prideful, he is just right. Yoda is a funny and wise little grandpa. I really enjoyed Han and Princess Leia’s romance in this one. Cloud city is super neat, and Lando has flair. Boba Fett is a clever boy. DARTH VADER is masterful, and the battle on Hoth is a treat for the eyes. If anything lacking it would be Luke’s pitiful, “No, NO, That’s not true! That’s impossible!” and “NOOOoooo…,” but I still get enjoyment in laughing at that part. Hehe. I like the force connection between him and Leia and how it leads her to come and rescue him. This is my favorite Star Wars movie.
What is your ranking of the Skywalker Saga? Do you agree with my list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Bye, for now, everyone and May the 4th be with you!