Rogue One is the ninth theatrical Star Wars release. Many people do not count or simply overlook the theatrical run of the Star Wars: Clone Wars movie. That was the first Star Wars movie to not have an opening crawl but of course it does have a voice over opening. Rogue One jumps right into the movie and there is some criticism for that as it is sort of jarring.
With that being said Rogue One is an awesome movie. I will do a full review of it sometime in the future, but for now I want to talk about where it fits with the other eight Star Wars films. Rogue One is such a good movie that it in fact makes A New Hope a far better film, and to be very honest Episode Four is hardly my favorite installment.
With that being said this is how I would rank the nine Star Wars movies. I am speaking as a fan because if you are not a shareholder in one of the corporations that own the movie studio it boggles my mind why anyone cares how much money a film makes. Beyond the fact that Star Wars movies make bank…no matter what their overall quality.
1.Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back
Empire will always be the high water mark for Star Wars movies. Of the first trilogy it is the least problematic film, and it does a great job of building up the Empire as a real threat. While they do terrible things in episode four in Empire they truly win. Over and over again the bad guys win and that is an essential part of the original trilogy. It builds up the ultimate victory in episode six extermely well. It also ends not in a cliffhanger exactly but more of a note of not knowing where the story is going to go next. On top of all that who does not remember the OMG moment of Darth Vader telling Luke he is actually his father.
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
If Empire is one, I submit to all of you that Rogue One is one a. This movie is really that good…so good in fact in blows episode seven out of the water and makes Rian Johnson’s life a complete nightmare for the next year. There are at least ten OMG moments in this film and for a guy who has been watching these movies and reading these books for literally all of his life that is an amazing accomplishment. Rogue One also has the most brutal scene of all nine movies, maybe the most brutal scene in any Star Wars media.
3. Episode 6 Return of the Jedi
Groan if you must but this is my list. I was seven years old when it came out and that made it my Star Wars film. This was a film made for seven year old me, and that means it will always hold a special place in my heart. This is the ultimate victory of the Rebel Alliance, the decapitation of the Empire, and the start of something new for this Universe. For a lot of us that meant the building up of the Expanded Universe…to be very honest the new canon take a lot away from this movie.
4. Episode 4 A New Hope
Without Rogue One this film would be farther down the list but the ultimate achievement of the first stand alone movie is it makes episode four that much better. So good in fact after seeing Rogue One twice on opening day I came home at watched A New Hope for the thousandth time. Episode Four does a great job of introducing us to this universe and it is the only Star Wars movie I didn’t see in the theaters…at least I don’t remember because I was a tiny little baby during its first theatrical run. When they released the Special Editions this was the episode I was most excited to see on the big screen.
5. Episode 7 The Force Awakens
To be really honest this film would be farther down the list if it were not for the fact that is was the first Star Wars movie I saw in the theaters with my son. This is the movie that made Star Wars our thing, the thing we bond over. However, in the end it is going to be remembered as a remake. Worse than that Rogue One is basically a clinic of how to do fan service well. It makes TFA look very heavy handed in how it goes about appealing to the hard core Star Wars fans. While JJ Abrams was in tough spot of meeting expectations and restarting a film franchise…and overcoming the hate we all have for the prequel trilogy. TFA does a pretty good job as a starting point for the new run of Star Wars, and it also introduces a number of compelling new generation heroes.
6. Star Wars The Clone Wars
While this movie has a lot of plot problems…and in a lot of ways continues the issues that made a majority of the Star Wars fandom hate the prequel movies, it is the introduction of the Clone Wars animated series that is one of the better pieces of media dealing with this era of Star Wars history. It is also the introduction of Ahsoka Tano…who is by and large a fan favorite. It is not a great movie, and I think we dismiss because it is animated.
7. Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith
The prequel movies are a lot better when we take in all the head cannon and fan theories. However as movies they are simply poorly written and poorly executed. That is what makes fan theory and head cannon that much better because George Lucas did such a poor job of executing this story. As a lifelong fan of this fandom I still have trouble explaining why Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side. That is a story line that should not be vague in any aspect. He literally goes from essentially flawed good guy top child murder in a couple of minutes with no real clear motivation.
8. Episode 2 Attack of the Clones
The finale of this moves saves it. UP to that point that was the most Star Wars we had of Star Wars. While many people do not like seeing the Yoda Count Dooku duel I enjoyed it a lot. With that being said the dialogue of this movie is just awful. They executed the budding love of Anakin and Padme so bad that it makes it unbelievable and unwatchable. IN the end it is just a bad movie. There is no way around that.
9. Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
Yes I hate Jar Jar as much as everyone else. However I say the ultimate sin of Episode One is that nothing that happens in this move matters to the overall story. It is not the first part of the trilogy…it very much feels like a stand alone movie. In fact I think it would have worked much better as a book. SO fans that wanted to know about Darth Vader’s childhood could but don’t have too.
How would you rank them?
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