Every week I present a new segment of Who’s Your Favorite this or that but this week I’m changing it up a bit and today I’m asking you which Star Wars movie is your favorite? Star Wars is a tough topic, especially when you get into the conversation of which film in the franchise is your favorite because they’re all so good. It’s also a fun topic to broach as well, as it sparks debates and connects Star Wars fans around the world. So, out of all of the Star Wars movies, what is your favorite of the franchise? Here they all are.
1. The Phantom Menace
The Phantom Menace was the first of the prequels and while its arrival had Star Wars fans riled up its actual quality quickly turned those same fans against the movie within no time. Now The Phantom Menace is considered one of the worst entries in the franchise but it has its shining moments as well; the podrace sequence, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, etc. It might not be the greatest movie ever made but it’s still Star Wars and that’s always awesome.
2. Attack of the Clones
Attack of the Clones is the second entry in the prequel trilogy and instead of building up a compelling foundation for the trilogy it is viewed, to most fans, as easily the worst or second to worst Star Wars film. But, like The Phantom Menace, it’s got its bright spots as Ewan Mcgregor shines as Obi-Wan Kenobi and makes the film worth watching.
3. Revenge of the Sith
Dark, climactic, entertaining; these are the words I would use to describe Revenge of the Sith. While it isn’t the perfect illustration of Anakin’s fall to the dark side it tells a compelling story that ends with heartbreak and tragedy…but a sliver of hope remains, perfectly setting up A New Hope.
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
While it’ll be mostly remembered for being the first ever Star Wars flop this film shines in ways that movie flops usually don’t. The story is concise and highly enjoyable, the characters are lovable, and the Han/Chewbacca dynamic is gold every time.
5. Rogue One
Rogue One was plagued with reshoots late into production of the movie but you would never guess that, for the film is a riveting display of storytelling and creativity that hadn’t really been seen in Star Wars before its arrival. And with its most diverse cast of the Star Wars franchise it proved that diversity is a welcome concept in the Star Wars franchise and that’s always cool to see.
6. A New Hope
A New Hope was the movie that began this four-decade transcending franchise that has inspired and garnered millions of fans around the world. The story of a farm boy named Luke, a rebel princess named Leia, a charming smuggler named Han, and an evil lord named Darth Vader sounds like something right out of a fairy tale…yet better. One day Star Wars will be looked upon as pivotal to theatrical history as Shakespeare’s groundbreaking works and it’s all because of this one film that started it all.
7. The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back could’ve easily been a flop but with the genius storytelling of George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, and Leigh Brackett they took the Star Wars story and expanded it to almost unsurpassable heights. This movie is a storytelling feat a lot of sequels haven’t been able to replicate and that’s incredible indeed.
8. Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi wasn’t nearly as complex as The Empire Strikes Back but it is a great movie as it introduced some of the franchise’s most memorable creatures; the Rancor, the Sarlacc, Jabba the Hutt, Ewoks, and it finished off the trilogy in a fun fashion that was the perfect fit for the wonderful franchise. None of the heroes died, Darth Vader was redeemed, and the Empire was defeated. Sounds like an awesome ending to me.
9. The Force Awakens
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm they had the unenviable task of reviving the Star Wars franchise and oh my goodness did they do it with The Force Awakens. While The Force Awakens, in essence, is a New Hope remake it still managed to excite moviegoers around the world with its diverse new cast, lovable new characters, and the nostalgic element of seeing our Star Wars favorites return to the big screen. It was literally like a dream come true and that is clearly reflected in the record breaking box-office run it made as it soared to $2.3 billion.
10. The Last Jedi
While The Force Awakens got people pumped for the new direction Disney was taking the Star Wars franchise The Last Jedi will be more famously remembered for fracturing the Star Wars fanbase straight down the center. Some people love the film for its creative complexity and its moral take on the story presented up to that point while others outright despise every decision Rian Johnson made for the movie. And even though The Last Jedi may not be received with as much praise as it could have been it still managed to become one of the most conversation-sparking Star Wars movies of all time because of its boldness to stand outside the box. I applaud that.
So, which of these ten Star Wars films makes you happy every time you watch it? I can’t wait to see your responses in the comments below.
If you would like to know what I think of the Star Wars movies you can read this post here: https://annlyelonline.com/2018/06/26/ranking-the-star-wars-movies-from-worst-to-best/
I thank you for participating and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you.