Good morning, Good evening, Goodnight. No matter what time it is for you at the time of reading this, I hope you’re having an absolutely amazing day, and may the fourth be with you! ^_^
That’s right! Today is ‘Star Wars Day’, the official day for geeks like me to run Star Wars like the Olympics, be it from the start or in the much-preferred machete order… Whatever way you like to Star Wars, this day is for you! So, much like last week where I ranked Marvel’s best to worst in time for infinity war, I’ll be ranking these few movies from a galaxy far, far away…
After sixteen years waiting for Star Wars to make its highly-anticipated return to the silver screen, one cannot help but be disappointed to have waited so long… to be reciprocated with Jar Jar Binks.
In a movie starring the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson and Ian McDiarmid, one cannot help but feel truly, truly let down to be presented with a terrible culmination of Jar Jar and a most annoying Anakin Skywalker… the phantom menace is an indescribably terrible movie; and if you haven’t seen it, I would… definitely recommend.
Following up after the remarkable disappointment of the first prequel could not have been an easy task. Luckily for the film creators, Twitter and other websites in which humanity could show its displeasures hadn’t been invented yet. As we all know, the backlash could have been so, so, so much worse- with complaints and videos to rants still being released to this very day upon the almost twenty-year-old ‘masterpiece’
Given the hatred for its predecessor, it almost feels like this movie was simply doomed to fail… and oh boy it was. To keep this piece short and condensed, to not take too long away from your movie-watching experience, Attack of the Clones is a famously horribly, horribly written movie with the blooming of a forced relationship- no pun intended– which ultimately feels wrong in every way! Watching a boy, whom in Phantom Menace looked visibly so much younger than Padme, going as far to refer to him as something along the lines of ‘just that little boy from Tattoine’ making a creepy, creepy concept… not helped by all those ‘Anakin Look Angry’ scenes…
The Last Jedi, for me, is an interesting subject. By no stretch of the imagination am I inferring that the WHOLE story is good. Take out the casino-arch, Finn’s pointless revelation (you know? the one he essentially made in ‘The Force Awakens’ anyway?) all the redundant archs in general for that matter and… that Leia scene… and we do have a relatively decent movie! Not brilliant. But decent.
Upon reflection, I pondered to myself why it was there was so much backlash. So much hate ‘n’ anger toward a mediocre movie, when no other film of the subpar standard would get destroyed this much! I soon realized… ‘it’s Star Wars’. A large part of what can ground all hatred toward this blockbuster is simply the love held within the series! With trailers which looked so unbelievably fantastic, we all set high our hopes and expectations beyond measure… for a mediocre movie to try and reciprocate these feelings, would’ve been impossible… it is a shame really. But, you don’t need to hear yet another person complain about the same movie.
To some fans, it could be quite a surprise to see ‘Return of the Jedi’ so low on the roster and in my general opinion, but to me? ROJER, as I like to call it, was simply meh. Arguably, many plot points were finished off, I’ll give you that, but for a man who has no taste for Ewoks, of the Jabba sequence, or Endor, or the Emperor’s impossibly stupid plan to win against the Rebels anyway, it would be hard to find love for a movie I am a little bias against!
Sure it makes satisfying ends meet to the Luke and Vader arch, but as a movie, it just doesn’t pull through for me.
But on the other side of the spectrum, fans may be surprised to see this movie ranked so highly upon my list. ‘The Clone Wars’ era of the Star Wars universe is and always will be my favorite. To quote ‘CinemaWins’, from the prequels, ‘Revenge of the Sith is the movie we wanted all along.’ -and it couldn’t be truer. This is Darth Vader’s transformation, This is the clone war’s climax and These are some of the most wonderfully shot battles in the saga, with iconic scenes throughout… Revenge of the Sith is genuinely a great movie! ‘You were my brother, Anakin’ holding enough weight in Ewan McGregor’s absolute best performance yet!
‘Empire Strikes Back’ is the sequel to end all sequels! Standing the test of time, iconic features like the ‘Battle of Hoth’ with the absolutely greatest cinematic twist of all time. ‘I am your father’ is a line with such power to bring you to your knees!
Empire is an amazing movie. A great sequel. and to many, even the greatest.
3. Rogue One.
IMAGES BY WALT DISNEY AND MARVEL STUDIOS.
‘Rogue One’ is the tale behind the new hope. It’s the mission to retrieve the Death Star plans before it’s too late. In a weird statement- especially since it’s 3rd place- ‘Rogue One’ in my opinion, is the best Star Wars movie. The reason I say that is because the movie is truly amazing! It’s gritty, it’s a war movie, with all the cosmic overpacked action of any great space-adventure with a Vader-glorified climax!
2. A New Hope.
giving credit to a series would be impossible without giving credit to its beginnings! Even forty years ago, Star Wars was a titan. With a hilariously playful twist on the traditional Wizard, Hero, Scoundrel ‘n’ Princess roster with a cosmic adventure to begin a whole new world of possibility.
IMAGES BY WALT DISNEY AND MARVEL STUDIOS.
A common criticism of ‘The Force Awakens’ is that it’s far too close to ‘A New Hope’. To me? This is no problem. Maybe it’s because I’m younger; by that, I mean that I don’t have the forty-year attachment to Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, but to have these new, fresh faces like Daisy Ridley’s Rey or John Boyega’s Finn were both hilarious and amazing new characters! BB-8 first thought to be a droid to simply try and rip off R2-D2 and be a far lesser character, but instead, the new droid was somehow hilarious ‘n’ adorable!
Another worry I had for the movie, was that of the villain. You look to media such as ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ Where the entire plot lives in Voldemort’s shadow, Force Awakens takes that ‘overshadowed’ idea and runs with it. The movie understood that to the casual filmgoer, no new Sith Lord could compare to the menacing Darth Vader. So that’s what they use. They use the shadow of Vader as an insecurity for Ren, even an idol! It was really interesting to see the frustration of Adam Driver’s performance as Kylo Ren, great to the end!
Rogue one was the best Star Wars movie… force awakens is the best movie on the roster!
A happy note to end on.
the good news, my fellow fans! for those of you anxiously excited for the Han Solo movie, you don’t have long to wait now! nor did you have to wait long for the May fourth festivities which I hope you all enjoyed delightfully! Thank you so, so much for reading. Sorry for a shorter post, but I hope you’re all having a lovely day ❤