Ranking the movies

Now that episode VIII has been released, many people on the internet have been placing their rankings of the Star Wars from worst to first. I’d like to end my absence from this site by making a quick article doing just that. I will be ranking 10 movies, those being episodes I-VIII as well as Rogue One and the 2008 Clone Wars movie. I know some of you will disagree with me, but let’s keep any comments and opinion sharing civilized, okay?

Before we begin, I would like to post a disclaimer that although I won’t be going too in depth, there may be SPOILERS. Also, this all all my opinion, so while you’re obviously free to disagree with me, please don’t go telling me that I’m “wrong”.

10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars

This p̶r̶o̶m̶o̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶T̶V̶ ̶s̶e̶r̶i̶e̶s̶ movie did nothing for me.  The returning characters were shells of their actual selves. The new characters were boring (Rex and Asoka were okay in the show, but in the movie they did nothing) and it didn’t answer any questions I had about the era it was set in. Also, even putting aside that I know its a cartoon, it went too far in the cartoony department in some spots. I mean, Obi-Wan surrendering and having lunch as a distraction? Give me a break.

9. Attack of the Clones

What is there to say? The dialogue is course, following everything going on is rough, the characters are irritating, and the plot’s everywhere. Lucas’s poor writing is at its worst here, and most subplots have nothing to do with the overall story. There’s also no three act structure. A cool action scene at the end is too little to late for this one.

8. The Phantom Menace

I found this one to be slightly less annoying that clones, mostly because it has an actual plot, and the light saber battle is better. I’m not going to bash it here, because anything I say is something you’d have heard already.

7. Revenge of the Sith

We’re getting into watchable territory here. Some of the poorer concepts introduced in the earlier movies have some payoff (midi chlorians jump to mind) and the saber fight at the end actually has some emotional investment in it, and I found it to be the best visually of the trilogy.  It does have a lot of the same problems as the earlier prequels, but since they’re not pushed up to eleven, this is the first movie in the list to get a passing grade.

6. The Last Jedi

I’m in two minds on this one. Its probably the visually best movie of the entire series, and some of the action is quite good, while it often goes against the grain, and turns tropes around on people.  I enjoyed it, but it destroying (at least for now) some very intriguing plot lines the previous movie set up, (Snoke dying, Luke being a bit of an asshole, characters on the same side keeping secrets from each other)  as well as poor pacing and unneeded subplots overloading the movie keep it from being an all-time great.

5. Return of the Jedi

This was my favorite when I was younger, and it still ranks quite high for me. I love the themes, and how it does tie in everything from the previous movies. Some kid pandering with the Ewoks, as well as some poor effects at points keep it back.

4. The Force Awakens

“We want something like the originals” is what we said. While its true that Abrams may have tried a little bit too hard to achieve this, it was, at least for me, proof that those in charge were willing to listen to fans, and not repeat the same mistakes made by George earlier on.

3. Rouge One

The lowest point on the podium goes to what some consider to be the black sheep of the series so far. This movie took characters that nobody cared about, and made us feel something after they died. Even with the slow start, very little presence of main series characters, and lack of lightsaber fights, this one stands out as taking a common criticism of the original movie, and makes it into a stroy worth telling. That, and it had the best third act of any movie in the series.

2. A New Hope

This is where it all started. Everything began here. It introduced us to what “science fantasy” was and built possibly the largest, most in depth fictional universe ever built.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back

This movie takes the characters we learned to love from the previous movie, and throws them against some of the toughest turmoil they have ever faced, all while giving them the best development we’ve every seen.

Do you have a list of your favourites? What did you think upon seeing episode VIII? Let me know in the comments, and as always,

may the force be with you, pilot.


2 thoughts on “Ranking the movies”

  1. I think you’ve pretty much nailed it – no one’s going to disagree too much on your rankings. But please – fix “Rouge One” typo! 😉

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