Star Wars is the biggest entertainment franchise in the Galaxy. The 9th Movie in the saga hitting cinemas next week, we decided to rank the films in order of greatness.
8. Attack of the Clones
It’s a close tie for last place, but unfortunately Attack of the Clones is bottom of our list. It suffers the problems a lot of mid-trilogy films suffer from, but with few redeeming qualities. Being made up almost entirely of bad CGI and terrible dialog most of the film was pretty forgettable. The introduction of Count Dooku, and getting to see Samuel L Jackson wield his purple lightsaber as Mace Windu were the highlights in otherwise dull affair.
7. The Phantom Menace.
Released in 1999, The Phantom Menace was a critical failure. The majority of the film being shot on green-screen lost the feel of the “lived in” world the practical effects of the original trilogy created. Combined with a weak plot and terrible supporting characters (I’m looking at you, Jar Jar) the film was a mess. It wasn’t completely without merit however. The Phantom Menace introduced us to John Williams fantastic Duel of the Fates, and to villain Darth Maul. Those two combined in a fantastic climax to the movie, with Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui Gon Jinn facing down Maul in an epic showdown. Darth Maul became so popular among fans that despite being killed off he was resurrected in The Clone Wars tv show. Apparently being sliced in two isn’t enough to keep you dead if you’re popular enough.
6. Revenge of the Sith
Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel trilogy, showing us the fall of Anakin Skywalker and his transformation into the legendary Darth Vader. The films opening space battle and lightsaber battle, followed by the introduction of General Grievous are great. Sadly the majority of the film felt rushed. The fall of the Jedi and Anakin turning to the Dark Side to become Darth Vader seems to happen within minutes. Combined with some terrible, meme-worthy dialog, Revenge of the Sith lands in at a solid 6th place.
5. Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi is the climax to the original trilogy, with Luke finally defeating Darth Vader and the Emperor and the rebels destroying the second Death Star. It introduced the world to the now infamous Slave Leia outfit, as well as being the the first movie to show a lightsaber that was a color other than blue or red.
4. The Force Awakens
Fans waited 32 years from the release of the Return of the Jedi for a sequel, and it didn’t disappoint. Now owned by Disney, The Force Awakens managed to capture the feel of the original Star Wars whilst kicking off a brand new trilogy. A great lineup of new characters starred alongside some of the original cast. The return to using practical effects wherever possible brought back the magical feel of the original trilogy.
3. Rogue One
The only reason this didn’t feature higher on the list is it’s not a “true” Star Wars movie. Rogue One is “A Star Wars Story”, the first of several planned spin-off movies from the main trilogies. Rogue One tells the story of how the plans of the Death Star were captured. A brilliant cast of new characters gave us a new view of the Star Wars world away from the Skywalker family. The climax of the movie features an unforgettable scene. With Darth Vader mowing down an entire corridor full of Rebels that then leads right into the opening scene of…
2. A New Hope
1977’s Star Wars introduced the world to Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, the Jedi, the Force, and every other character that helped changed cinema forever. The then-groundbreaking special effects pioneered by George Lucas and his company ILM (Industrial Light and Magic)helped bring the story to life in a way audiences had never seen before.
1. The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes back tops our list as the best Star Wars movie. From the battle on Hoth, to the showdown in Cloud City and everything in between, Empire did it bigger, better, and darker. It introduced fan favorite Boba Fett and pop culture icon Yoda, as well as the Emperor himself. Following showdown between Vader and Luke in Cloud City, the revelation of Luke’s parentage has become one of the most famous and parodied moments in cinema history.
So there we go, whether you agree with our choices or not, make sure you watch YOUR favorite before The Last Jedi hits cinemas next week!
May the force be with you.