By Jordan Hansgen
The debates that many often have is what Star Wars films are the best, so I will now attempt to rank them from worst to first in this post:
8. Episode I The Phantom Menace: The first of the prequel trilogy was the weakest of the Star Wars films. From the 45 minutes of space NASCAR to the introduction of medichlorians, which gives an unnecessary quantification of the force. This film was the worst of the Star Wars saga.
7. Episode II Attack of the Clones: Another struggling installment of the prequels. This film set up the love story to Anakin and Padme and started him on the path to Darth Vader, which could have been fascinating had it not been poorly written. Any actor trying to nail the lines in this film would have struggled.
6. Episode VI Return of the Jedi: The weakest of the original trilogy is this film. Had they not had the ewoks or the disappointing end to Boba Fett, a fan favorite, this film probably would have been higher on the list.
5. Episode VII The Force Awaken: I really like all the films from this one on. Rey and Finn are fascinating new characters, but the fact that this film is just a reboot of Episode IV was too much to put it in the top half.
4. Episode III Revenge of the Sith: The best of the prequels, arguably by default, Revenge of the Sith culminates in Darth Vader’s full transformation. This film was the darkest of all the Star Wars films. The fallen hero story, I believe could have been better had Anakin not become so unlikable so quickly. He turned into a cold-blooded killer far too quickly. Had they spent more time on him challenging the restrictive Jedi code instead of his horrible rampage, this film may have been an all-time classic.
3. Episode IV A New Hope: I do love the original Star Wars film due to its revolutionary sound effects and great original story. However, there is no doubt this film is cheesy. Looking back as a kid who grew up with the prequels, the lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader is just not exciting and there were far too many cheesy one-liners.
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The first stand alone Star Wars film was a huge success. Another sad movie in which all the heroes sacrifice themselves for the rebel cause, Rogue One was tragic, well-written and beautiful. They showed many new planets and characters and told a story every Star Wars fan wanted to see.
- Episode V The Empire Strikes Back: Easily the best film with one of the best lines and the best scenes in the story. The epic battle on the icy planet of Hoth. Luke training with Yoda on Dagobah. The betrayal and trap in Bespin and Darth Vader’s reveal as Luke’s father which is now well-known among everyone, even non-Star Wars viewers. This film has to be labeled as the class of the saga.