Wondering where The Last Jedi ranks compared to the other Star Wars films? Read on to see where I placed it among its predecessors. HINT: It wasn’t my favorite, but it also wasn’t Jar-Jar awful.
see where the last jedi ranks in the star wars universe
Here is my list of Star Wars films in ranked order from 1st – The Empire Strikes Back to last – Revenge of the Sith.
the empire strikes back
The Empire Strikes Back isn’t just my favorite Star Wars film, it ranks in my top 10 films of all time. Maybe even the top five. It has AT-AT Walkers, tauntauns, Han in carbonite, and of course the introduction of Yoda. But my favorite parts are the sexual tension between Han and Leia and the comedy between Chewie and C3PO. The Empire Strikes Back also has two of my favorite movie quotes.
Leia to Han: “I love you.”
Han to Leia: “I know.”
Darth Vader to Luke” “I am your father.”
The Empire Strikes Back may be the only 2nd movie of a trilogy in history that is as good, if not better, than its predecessor.
the original star wars (a new hope)
I will never forget watching the original Star Wars in the theater in 1977. I was 9-years-old, and I left the theater wanting to fly off into space just like Luke Skywalker. I also wanted to grow up and be as strong and spunky as Princess Leia. It ranks only a teenie-weenie baby step below The Empire Strikes Back.
the force awakens
Han Solo: “Chewie, we’re home.”
And thank goodness you are. After suffering through Star Wars episodes I, II, and II, the stakes were high for The Force Awakens. The film introduced us to the next generation of rebels – Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB8. It also caught us up with old friends like Han, Leia, and Chewbacca. I love the film even though it includes the death of my favorite Star Wars character Han Solo. There were only two things I didn’t like about The Force Awakens – Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and not enough C3PO.
return of the jedi
Most males (and more than a few females) loved Return of the Jedi for Princess Leia in a skimpy bikini. I loved it for the Ewoks.
Yes. I love the Ewoks. And I especially love all the scenes where the Ewoks make C3PO into a diety.
We met the creature known as Jabba the Hutt (well, until George Lucas added him into A New Hope), Darth Vader is defeated, and we learn that Luke and Leia are siblings.
Order is restored in the universe, and everyone lives happily ever after. Or do they. . . .
the last jedi
The Last Jedi was a good movie. Not a great movie, but a good movie. It was better than most second episodes of a trilogy. And it was loads better than the Star Wars Episodes I, II, and II.
The highlight of the film is the introduction of Rose, a member of the dwindling resistance. Like her predecessors, she is a woman who gets the job done despite any insecurities she may have. And she is Asian, which makes me love her even more. Another bright spot is Laura Dern in a minor role that she executes flawlessly.
The porgs are pretty darn cute, and their interactions with Chewie are a reasonably good substitute to the old Chewie and C3PO fun.
My biggest gripe about the film is the editing. The scene changes are choppy and don’t transition well. I also feel like they weren’t sure where this chapter of the story should end. There were at least three times when I thought “this is it” and the movie kept going.
Now that R2D2 is no longer in mourning, I wanted to see more between him and C3PO. I always like their comedic banter.
But despite the drawbacks, it is a movie that I look forward to watching multiple times.
Rogue One is the first independent Star Wars films that doesn’t fit into one of the trilogies. It takes place between the Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and explains how the resistance aquired the plans the rebels used to destory the Death Star.
It as a good film, but it has one big problem that keeps it from ranking higher. Everyone dies.
star wars holiday special
I know. This isn’t a Star Wars movie. But in order to understand my movie rankings, you need context. Because the Star Wars Holiday Special was awful. Damn awful.
I remember watching the Star Wars Holiday Special on television when it aired in 1979. I also remember it was long and boring. For some reason, my brother has a videotape (and I do mean a VCR videotape) of the special, and I watched it again as an adult.
It was still long and tedious. And awful. Just awful.
But it ranks WAY higher than the following Star Wars movies.
the phantom menace
Two words: Jar Jar.
That’s really all I need to say to describe how bad The Phantom Menace is.
But unfortunately, there is more.
With the movie budget of a Star Wars film, you would think they could have hired a better child actor to play Anakin Skywalker. He was just bad.
All of the Star Wars prequels suffer from the same problem. They lack the comedic elements that made us connect with and love the original Star Wars characters. They also lack simple names like Han, Leia, and Luke that are easy to remember.
Instead, the plots focus on the complicated politics of the Galactic Senate with characters and locations named things like Qui-Gon, Sio Bibble, and Coruscant. I never could figure it all out.
attack of the clones
The “love story” between Anakin and Padme is painful.
The two act like they can barely stand to be in the same room together, much less become Luke and Leia’s parents. And Hayden Christenson’s Anakin is incredibly dull.
It is no wonder that I have attempted to watch Attack of the Clones multiple times, but I don’t think I ever finished it.
revenge of the sith
I’ve got nothing here. Since I’m not sure if I finished Episode II, I don’t know if I have ever watched Revenge of the Sith. If I did, I don’t remember it at all. That’s why it ranks last on my list.
Tell me! Which Star Wars movie is YOUR favorite?