With Rise of Skywalker now released, and the fate of the rest of the Star Wars Saga uncertain, I feel it’s best to find a proper ranking for these movies from worst to best, keep in mind, this is all completely my own opinion,and your opinions may differ greatly from mine. If you have your own rankings in mind, good for you. Leave your rankings and scores for each based on a 1 to 10 scale and we can discuss, just don’t be a jerk about it.
The Phantom Menace (3/10)
I gain no enjoyment from Phantom Menace at all. None of the characters have character traits, dialogue is terrible, the plot isn’t conveyed properly to the audience, and it’s just a completely dry, boring, and lifeless movie. Podracing is only fun the first time and the final battle is emotionally empty.
The Last Jedi (3/10)
This one might be a little controversial. I actually appreciate that this movie was trying to say something fresh and new, but it kinda loses almost all of that appreciation due to the fact that it insults and craps all over its own universe just to convey its messages in the most clumsy way possible, all because of the bad writing.
Attack of the Clones (3/10)
This one suffers from many of the same problems as the previous two, but the only two differences are that the characters all have character traits and it’s hilarious to watch. How can I be in a coma like with Phantom Menace or angry with it like The Last Jedi if I’m laughing the whole time?
Revenge of the Sith (5/10)
I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of this movie, but it has some genuine good moments scattered throughout, but other than that, it’s still pretty flawed, with the biggest bad apple being the pacing. However, with this movie, we are officially out of the nightmare zone and have now reached the “meh” category, expect us to stay in this area for some time.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (6/10)
This movie is similar to Phantom Menace in the sense that none of the characters have character traits, pretty lame acting,and can be a bit of an abysmal narratively. But that 3rd act is pretty exciting, almost as if they saved everything for the end.
The Rise of Skywalker (6/10)
This movie might be the one I have the least to say about in the entire franchise. Rise of Skywalker is quite a mess, but a crowd-pleasing one at that. It provides a fitting end to the Skywalker Saga that you can never truly love, but never truly hate.
Return of the Jedi (6/10)
Here we have the last of the “meh” Star Wars Movies. The reason I put this over the others is because while it suffers from a terribly boring second act, it’s not quite enough to ruin this movie for me, and the stuff involving Luke and Vader is pretty strong and emotionally moving.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (8/10)
We have officially reached the good stuff now. I love this movie a lot to the point that it’s unhealthy. Sure there are some notable issues like the lighting and Donald Glover kinda not giving a crap about his performance, but this is what Star Wars is all about, a fun action-adventure story.
The Force Awakens (8/10)
Some of my friends may disagree with this placement, but this is just such an easy movie to like, with great performances, decent writing, filled with nostalgia, and introduces Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren, one of the most interesting characters in the Star Wars Saga.
The Empire Strikes Back (9/10)
Oh the look on your face that I didn’t put this movie at number 1, but in all honesty, in some ways it is the best. This also happens to be the one movie in the saga that every other one is trying to recapture, whether for better or for worse. The movie is shot beautifully, the stakes are high, the final battle serves the characters very well, and the acting is on point.
A New Hope (10/10)
I speak no hyperbole when I say this, but A New Hope is perfection. With its timeless setting, perfect pacing, fantastic acting from everyone in the movie, amazing characters, outstanding story and screenplay, and its effects are so timeless that I actually still don’t know how they did some of that stuff. Any criticisms I have with this movie come from the most recent releases, which added lots of pointless CGI everywhere and added in unnecessary scenes that really kill the pacing. If you watch this movie with the mindset of someone from 1977 who has never heard of Star Wars, you will love this movie as much as I.
I call myself a Star Wars fan, but looking back on my rankings and scores and it turns out that I only like the Original Trilogy, one and a half movies from the sequel trilogy, and some moments from one of the movies in the prequels. Now many of you would yell at me for not liking the prequels nor all that much of the new ones, and so I say to them that they need to be more like Star Trek fans, praising the good while still acknowledging the bad. Thank you so much for reading my articles over the year, yours truly, Gavin Van Voorhis, signing off.