Star Wars is the most iconic film franchise of all-time. The franchise’s fanbase is so diverse it doesn’t even need to market its movies. They just need to know the date of the release and fans will flock the cinemas in droves. With the 9th installment of the franchise showing this December, it’s only fitting we rank the movies from worst to best.
Many of you will agree to this list but if you disagree, let me know in the comments section.
8. Episode I: The Phantom Menace
7. Episode II – Attack of the Clones
6. Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII)
3. Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
2. Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
1. Episode IV – A New Hope
There’s no doubt the first three movies (episodes 4-6) were the best of the bunch. The special effects at the time were out of this world. And the whole world was put in commotion in the reveal of the Darth Vader’s relationship with Luke Skywalker.
The worst were episodes 1-3. They weren’t bad per se, but the casting and acting weren’t as good as the first three movies. The two new movies, Rogue One and episode 7 are great.
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Although Rogue One: A Star Wars story is set to be released a year earlier than Star Wars Episode VIII, the latter is already making more buzz because of recent storyline leaks, making fans excited and hopeful at the same time.
Well, hopeful simply because The Force Awakens didn’t really live up to the hype. The movie has been, and still is, criticized for its lack of newer elements, saying everything looked familiar – from the costumes to the storyline. Its latest critic is Avatar director James Cameron who said that the movie very much lacked in the visual imagination department, which is basically the selling point of the six-movie installments prior to it.
That said, everyone seems to have high expectations for the upcoming movie, which is set to be released in December of 2017. Adding up to the excitement are the latest plot teasers from a press conference attended by Iain McCaig, concept artist of Star Wars.
As expected, Episode VIII will shed light on the origin of Rey. Is she the daughter of Luke Skywalker? It is said that George Lucas never intended for Luke Skywalker to marry, however, he didn’t say anything about never having children. Because Rey exhibited the force in the last movie, this theory is not far-fetched at all.
Another thing to watch out for in Episode VIII is the reappearance of Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker. True-blue fans of this franchise are curious how Darth Vader will reappear. The hint is that he will appear as an apparition to control the Dark Side through Kylo Ren. How will the character be stretched in the new installments? Also, there’s been news that Darth Maul will also be back in the cinematic world either in Episode 8 or 9. Does this mean the Sith Army will be back, as well?
Meanwhile, another plot twist that people think will happen in Episode VIII is the death of Luke Skywalker. Either it’s a slip of the tongue or happening for real, Mark Hamill’s statement, “I finish Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work,” created the buzz of his death in the coming installment. However, before people continue to assume, he tried to clear things up, telling everyone not to overthink.
Everyone likes a good flashback, a surprise comeback from a well-loved (or well-loathed) character, and even an unforeseen turn of events. Are these things going to happen? No one knows for sure, except the creators. Plus, December 2017 is still far far away, so keeping the anticipation at the minimum is probably the best way to go, besides there’s Rogue One to keep the excitement for Episode VIII at bay.
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There has been very little debate as to which half of the Star Wars episodes are better. An overwhelming majority will always pick the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) over the prequel trilogy (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith). Here are three reasons the originals were superior.
The dialogue in the original trilogy stayed consistent and it didn’t try too hard. Luke sounded like a whiny teenager at times because he was in fact, a whiny teenager who wanted to see the rest of the galaxy. That was his dream. Anakin started off as a little jerk who thought he knew everything, the kind of kid everyone would find annoying at children’s parties. Annie grew up to be a Jedi, which was when he decided to be a whiny teenager. Why? Because the girl he had a crush on wanted him to wait a while longer.
There was a sense of urgency in the original trilogy that the prequels overexposed. When someone in the original trilogy activated a lightsaber, and the audience hears that sound and sees that beam of light, people knew something galaxy-changing was about to go down. Lightsaber scenes in the originals were few and far between, emphasizing the importance of the role of the sword in the story. The prequels had too many lightsabers and too many scenes with them in it, diminishing significance of the ultimate weapon in Star Wars lore. Good job George.
The cast of characters in the originals were a fun bunch. Sure the prequel trilogy had a ton of Jedis and a band of bad-ass Sith Lords, but they didn’t have Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and all those other characters that gave an extra, enjoyable dimension to all that galactic strife.
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In a galaxy far, far away, there are still people who are unaware of The Force. I know it’s hard to believe but I’ve met a few who don’t understand what’s so good about ‘Star Wars’. For friends of these uninitiated few, here are the three most important things they must know about the series:
“May the Force be with you” sometimes sounds like a religious benediction. However, The Force really is the omnipotent power in the Star Wars galaxy. According to Obi-Wan, it’s the energy field that binds the galaxy and all living things together.
Jedis and Siths
Basically, Jedis are the peacekeeping warriors who learned how to fight using the good side of The Force while the Siths are those from the dark side. The Jedis are the good guys while the Siths are the baddies. Not so difficult, right?
This epic movie boasts a long timeline beginning from the first movie that came out during the 70’s. With three movies each from the first three installments to the prequel trilogy, beginners might not know where to start. To prevent your friends from being thrown off guard with old-school effects, perhaps it would be good to start with ‘The Phantom Menace’ (1999). This installment is officially the start of the timeline.
The ‘Star Wars’ universe has a lot more to offer. If Yoda were to speak with these newbies, he’ll say, “Watch all movies, you must.”
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