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but I do have a soft spot for them all.
I was disappointed in 8 when I first saw it at the cinema (a feeling I never had with any of the prequels) but have grown to like it on repeat viewings
The penultimate scene with Padme and Anakin on Mustafar is just the worst.
That being said, I am a self confessed SW junkie and if I were to rank the films from my personal best to worst it would be 5, 4, RO, 3, 6, S, 7, 8, 1, 2, - but would like to clarify that it doesn't mean I don't like any of the films or that I find any of them unwatchable.
I will (and have done on many occasions) sit down, turn off the real world, disengage my brain and enjoy a couple of hours transported to my favourite other galaxy.
No they are not perfect, certain parts could have been done differently and yes they made Anakin Skywalker into a whiney/sulky git.
But for those couple of hours, I don't care.
See, told ya. It just happens. ;)
Now that's irony, @SumoLego bringing up about going off topic in a LEGO thread. ;D
And finally, The Holiday special. Just because @Brainslugged had to bring it up.
(And before anyone asks, yes I have sat through it and yes I had to have a shower afterwards and that's why it's down here in the rankings).
Been a while since I've done a complete rewatch, though... possible that some of the prequels hold up better (or worse) than I'm giving them credit for.
It says a lot that you went back for the second instalment. ;)
For every laugh in the Holiday special, there are ten cringe worthy embarrassing bits. You may have trumped me with the Ewok movies but my opinion of the HS stands.
Now your just being nasty, reminding me of a USA con/ target exclusive that i can't get. (kidding by the way).
5, 4, 6, 7, 3, RO, 8, 1, S, 2
My top rankings are fairly certain but I find it difficult to rank my least favourites as I enjoy every Star Wars film. I recognise their flaws but some have a particular meaning for me. Revenge of the Sith, for instance, was the first Star Wars film that I watched at the cinema and can remember being really excited about. I think Attack of the Clones was the first Star Wars movie I actually watched but it is still my least favourite.
Edit: Ackbar, duh. Forgot him somehow! And yes, Return of the Jedi is the first I remember seeing in a theater.
A Zuckuss Bust.
@CapnRex101 - Who doesn't like a good ranking from time to time?
I suppose I can flip a coin on how much I dislike certain parts of both Episodes 3 and 8. Although I really like certain scenes.
I was wondering for a while why some people vitriolically disliked some of the more recent films, particularly those put out by Disney since 2015 but often including Rogue One. After some research/argument following in forums I also asked a couple of close Star Wars enthusiast friends, one of whom owns many props and works on SW lids (helmets).
Both their carefully considered conclusion was that many fans, particularly those who were kids to see the OT in cinemas, had progressed to a very extensive set of expanded universe lore in books, graphic novels, merch, games etc from 83 up to the Disney takeover. As soon as Disney started filling in gaps not previously covered by tv or films, extending the Skywalker storyline and adding more skills that force-wielders can use, most of these people felt like their original EU storyline was being thrown away. I understand that, but equally there must be a lot of people like myself out there who have only ever consumed Star Wars through films, tv and the occasional game - where ignorance of EU is a sort of bliss. If Disney tried to accommodate as much of the EU as possible people would still complain that it wasn’t quite right. We’ll have to see how the potential ‘Old Republic’ trilogy goes in coming years for Disney.
I should clarify that I also think there are blunders in VIII and Solo, but I wouldn’t write them off completely. I had actually seen Episode IV on VHS first, but my first movie in the cinema was Episode I - didn’t really notice or care about the ‘gritty, worn appearance’ of IV versus the ‘pristine CGI’ of Episode I - I could see that they were part of the same universe and that was all that mattered. As a 6 year old I also loved Jar Jar and didn’t realise adults hated him until quite a few years later.
For those who’ve actually got this far, my order best first, as objectively as possible:
IV, Rogue One, V, III, I, VI, Solo, VIII, VII, II
My most favourite single moment out of any film was watching the 3D re-release of Episode I and experiencing podracing like no other time. The podracers flying at your face, with improved audio and visuals was just top sci-fi action!
I've far more respect for what Disney is doing now than what Lucas himself was doing with the prequels and the special editions. Phantom Menace was okay, but the subsequent two prequel films were complete rubbish. I don't know if I ever managed to finish watching Epiode III, despite several attempts to get through it. The special editions were a neat idea, but outside of the last few moments of RotJ, the changes were superfluous at best and painful at their worst.
I didn't enjoy Last Jedi all that much, but it was still better than Episodes II & III. I'm sure this next one will be entertaining.
Ironic. He had the power to save others from going off-topic, but not himself.
Although I think the quality of the EU stories are overall very good, but aren't coherently adaptable to the modern popcorn movie. (Thrawn remains among my favorite characters, and I would love for him to be the focus of some related SE movie or series.)
I hope I'm around long enough for someone to do a better prequel trilogy. (Hint - turn Anakin in Episode II and focus on Obi-Wan escaping for Episode III. And no discussion of midi-chlorians ever again.
@klinton - Thoughts on Solo?
My best to worst:
(1) Empire, (2) Last Jedi, (3) ANH, (three way tie for 4) Rogue One, Force Awakens, Jedi...Prequels/Solo.
This not to say I think prequels or Solo are bad, just lesser films to me than the OT and ST.
Film ranking: 5, RO, 4, 8, 3, 6, 7, solo, 1, 2
I wouldn't mind a Lando adventure - as there are clearly less restrictions on his character.
I too grew up on the original trilogy (never did see any of them in the theater originally, though I could have with VI). I was in college when Episode 1 came out and I was absolutely beyond excited about it. I was actually one of those crazy people that camped out in front of the theater for a couple days to get tickets to the opening showing. I saw all of the special editions in the theater, and I've gone to the opening of every Star Wars movie since.
While the prequel trilogy was without a doubt full of certain problems, I can still enjoy many aspects of those movies. The Jedi fighting in the Geonosian arena and then the Clones coming into battle is still a scene which I absolutely love. I understand many of the complaints people have (Jar Jar especially) but I don't really understand the all-out hate that some people have for them as a whole.
I personally have quite enjoyed all of the Disney era SW movies. They don't replace my love for the original trilogy in any way, but I still have liked each one in it's own way (yes, even Solo).
Ranking is hard... but mine is probably something like:
5, 6, 4, RO, 2, 7, 8, 3, 1, S
5, 4, 3, RO, 6, 8, 1, 7, 2
I'm not sure why I feel that way. It's like I understand IV and V are better, but given the option, I'd still prefer III. I guess it's got personal meaning to me.
Star Wars Holiday Special > Everything else
Thread well and truly saved :-)
(Considering Rey doesn't come from nowhere, and Ren holds his past in reverence.)
5 is first.
2nd could be 4 or 1.
then it get a bit complicated, I liked 8, but have seen it just once, so not sure if it would rank higher or lower than 6.
then would probably be 7, well for some obvious reason it could be ranked as high as 4, you know, if it was actually original.
2nd worst one would be 3, though it may have some of the best scenes of the series, but also long boring scenes.
2 is the worst, same problem than 3, but less good scenes.
haven't seen solo, and don't remember RO well enough, though it would probably be ranked above 7 at least.
so something like that 5, (4 or 1), (8 or 6 or RO), 7, 3, 2
5, 4, 7, 6, SOLO, RO, 3, 8, 1, 2
...but Darth Maul demands an honourable mention as the best Sith, by a VERY long way. If 9 is excellent, I might review the position of 8.
Hoping for a £50 spend on that promo Hoth set.
And I'm all caught up! It's been a while!