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Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Movies By Their Visuals

Star Wars has been a fascinating franchise since it came out in the May of 1977 and since then, with nine movies and several different directors and creative minds behind these films most of these Star Wars flicks have had their own, unique, artistic spin to them. So today I’m going to share with you how I rank these movies by their visual prowess or lackluster effect in the aesthetic department. Enjoy!

9. The Phantom Menace

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The Phantom Menace isn’t my least favorite Star Wars film but it definitely is the least pretty. The cinematography is boring and unimaginatively straight forward. There aren’t any stunning shots or breathtaking visuals. It’s just a Star Wars movie.

8. Return of the Jedi 

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A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back were such great films and Return of the Jedi, for me, has become kind of boring in comparison in nearly every department. This film has its exciting moments but none of those moments are accentuated by any visually jaw dropping shots.

7. A New Hope

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When A New Hope came out it was simply ahead of its time in imagination, creativity, and even special effects but, of course, now many of the Star Wars films have just gotten better at being visually enticing. But that doesn’t diminish A New Hope in the slightest. There are still some fascinating shots that have come with this movie like for example; Princess Leia putting the Death Star plans in R2-D2, Luke staring at the binary sunset, etc. I wouldn’t be an avid Star Wars fan if it wasn’t for this movie and that’s why it will always have a special place in my heart.

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The Five Best Scenes of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

The Empire Strikes Back is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars movies ever made (I have it ranked at third only behind Rogue One and The Last Jedi) and it’s full of fascinating scenes left and right. For the past four movies it’s been easy deciphering what my five favorite scenes of those movies were but The Empire Strikes Back has so many incredible moments that it’s going to be difficult distinguishing only five fantastic scenes out of this film but I’m going to try my best. Enjoy!

1. The Dagobah Cave

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Before there was the mirror cave in The Last Jedi there was this incredible Dagobah cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back and just like the cave scene in The Last Jedi it’s just as fascinating. This scene is still mesmerizing because I continue to remain bewildered by what this scene exactly means. Is the vision showing what Luke could become in his future if he continued down a dark path or was the vision hinting that Darth Vader was Luke’s father and he didn’t even know it? I still haven’t determined exactly what the Dagobah cave scene means but it’s definitely one of the better parts of the movie to me.

2. The Lesson

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I love this scene for so many reasons. One: it contains my favorite line from Yoda. “No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Best movie line ever! Secondly: it’s the first time you really get an idea of what the Force is as Yoda lectures Luke on the idea of the mystical power. Luke thinks it takes strength to be powerful in the ways of the Force but Yoda demonstrates that it doesn’t take might or muscle to be an incredible Jedi. Third: when Yoda lifts that X-Wing out of the murky water and parks it on the Dagobah shore it’s such a powerful moment because Luke thought it was an impossible feat and then here goes Yoda, an alien so diminutive that he can’t even reach Luke’s knees, using the Force so effortlessly. This is, to me, one of the most impactful scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

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Han Solo’s Greatest Moments

Han Solo is one of the greatest and most beloved characters in Star Wars because, well, he’s awesome! He’s charismatic, he’s funny, he’s charming, and he has brought me so much joy through the years. So today on this segment of Greatest Moments I’m going to share with you all of the scenes that have made him one of my favorite characters.

1. Saving Luke

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Han was a great addition to A New Hope. You had Luke who was the innocent farm boy who you can’t help but root for and then Han was the exact opposite. He was cocky, narcissistic, a little jerky at times, but at the end of the day he was a hero at heart. That’s why instead of leaving the Rebellion to their devices and jumping to the other side of the galaxy he came back and saved Luke. It’s, to me, his most heroic moment.

2. Saving Luke Again

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By the time of The Empire Strikes Back Han was a full-blown Rebellion hero and his heroic ways weren’t over yet. Over the years Luke had become a dear friend of his and that’s why he didn’t hesitate to go save him. And not only did he find him in the middle of the freezing Hoth wasteland but he kept him alive too against nearly impossible odds. That’s pretty amazing.

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Darth Vader’s Greatest Moments

If you’ve read my blog you will know that I’m a HUGE Darth Vader fan. I’m such a Darth Vader fan here’s a real life account of my only encounter with the super awesome dark lord of the Sith. I was at Disney World about five years ago, before The Force Awakens even had a cast, or a title, and I went to the park, Hollywood Studios. I went to ride the attraction, Star Tours, and while I was standing in line a troop of stormtroopers appeared out of nowhere. Now I was already excited to see real life stormtroopers but then Darth Vader walked out and I literally squealed like a fan girl. I couldn’t believe it. He walked like Darth Vader, he looked like Darth Vader, it was DARTH VADER!!!! That is one of the best memories of my life.

So yeah, I’m a Darth Vader fan and today I’m going to share with you all of his Greatest Moments. Enjoy!

1. The Grand Entrance

Even when he had red tinted eyes in A New Hope he was still the coolest villain I had ever seen. I mean think about it, his debut into the movie was through a doorway of smoke and observing the bodies of the rebels that had dared to defy his soldiers with his instantly imposing presence. Best entrance into a movie ever. Darth Vader emits pure authority and fear and that’s why he’s such an awesome villain.

2. The Darth Vader Rampage

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Rogue One was already good enough as it was and then this scene appeared into the movie! As I’ve told you before, I LOVE Darth Vader and seeing him take out all of those poor rebels was horrifically mesmerizing. I mean look at this picture. It’s SO EPIC looking! Darth Vader is no joke and this movie restored him to his frightening status.

2. Entering the Hoth Base

This is another cool scene featuring Darth Vader in all of his dark caped glory. He was already an awesome and intimidating character in A New Hope but after The Empire Strikes Back he would become a legend amongst villains in cinema and this scene, to me, accentuates that fact. I don’t know what it is with me and fancy Darth Vader entrances but there’s nothing cooler than seeing Darth Vader roaming through the Hoth rebel base with a troop of snowtroopers trailing him. Epic! I mean that scene is one of my favorite scenes in The Empire Strikes Back because that’s simply how cool he is.

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Yoda’s Greatest Moments

I love Yoda. I mean who doesn’t love Yoda? Yoda was one of my favorite characters even when I only knew him at his worst as a flipping, hollering, green CGI alien in the prequel trilogy. My love for the ancient Jedi only increased, however, after seeing him in his original introduction in The Empire Strikes Back. At that moment I realized why the robed puppet became such an icon in cinema and I’ve been a Yoda fan ever since. So on today’s segment of Greatest Moments I’m going to share with you my favorite Yoda scenes throughout the now six Star Wars movies he’s appeared in. Enjoy!

1. The First Conversation With Anakin Skywalker

This is one of the most important scenes in The Phantom Menace because it’s the first time the movie truly hints at the person Anakin could become if he follows the wrong path in life and Yoda is the one who senses this most. I love the words that he tells him. This is, in fact, the conversation that ensues between Anakin and Yoda.

Anakin: “I miss her.” (He’s referring to his mother, Shmi.)

Yoda: “Afraid to lose her I think, hmm.”

Anakin: “What does that got to do with anything.”

Yoda: “Everything! Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate…leads to suffering. I sense great fear in you.”

That right there is one of the most impactful things Yoda has ever said and it practically sums up Anakin’s entire fall throughout the prequel trilogy. He saw the possible future of young Skywalker and it’s a shame because he couldn’t do anything about it.

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The Defining Moments of Han Solo

Han Solo is one of the greatest characters that has ever appeared in Star Wars. In fact he is the character that put Harrison Ford on the map and helped make him into the iconic actor that he is today. Now Han Solo is getting his own standalone film later on this year, further extending his marvelous story.

So today on The Defining Moments I’m excited to share the moments, so far, that have made Han Solo into the beloved character that he is to this day. Enjoy!

1. Meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker

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When we first meet Han Solo in A New Hope we have no idea who he is. He’s a smuggler, a supposedly fantastic pilot, and he’s the man who’s going to take these two mysterious folks across the galaxy to the Alderaan system. Han, at this time of his life, didn’t care about anything except for money and can you blame him? He had a debt to Jabba the Hutt and he knew if he didn’t pay it off he would be in big trouble.

He had no clue that this mysterious old man and this young kid would end up changing his life.

2. Rescuing A Princess

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Han can sometimes be a scoundrel. He didn’t have anything to do with you unless you were going to pay him some money. When Luke told him that if they rescued this certain captured princess he would get paid handsomely for his deed he was all in on the idea. When Han met Princess Leia for the first time he tried to be the boss of the situation but she, of course, didn’t play that. He was stunned and immediately became attracted to the feisty princess.

He tried to pretend that he didn’t care about her wellbeing and that all he wanted was money but the truth was that he was infatuated with the princess and didn’t want to see any harm come to her, leading him to one of the most heroic moments in his life.

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My Thirteen Favorite Quotes in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is a marvelous and magical franchise jam packed with exciting moments, beautiful locations, and iconic, lovable characters and today I’m going to share with you my favorite quotes from the various films’ many hilarious and epic moments.

13. “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” (Princess Leia in A New Hope)

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This is one of the most iconic quotes in movie history and it really set in motion a whole lot of events. Luke going to find Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan showing Luke a lightsaber for the first time and telling him about the Force, and the eventual decision that Luke made, due to his uncle and aunt being murdered by the Empire, to learn to become a Jedi. Without that secret message delivered by Princess Leia events would’ve gone unknown and the still extending story of Star Wars would not be here today. This is a pretty incredible quote in Star Wars. 

12. “I know.” (Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back)

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The love story between Han Solo and Princess Leia is one of the greatest (I believe the greatest) love stories in science fiction history and the defining moment of their relationship was when Han was faced with possible death as he was going to be frozen in carbonite. When Leia told him, “I love you” he was originally going to say, “I love you too” but thanks to Harrison Ford’s profound understanding of the character he said they should change his line and turn it into, “I know.”

Han is such a cocky, self-confident and slightly narcissistic man so of course he would say to her, “I know.” And that’s why this is one of the most genius “I love you too” responses ever. It totally speaks to Han’s character and it is the sweetest thing he has ever said. This is already an impactful moment in the movie but when I found out Harrison Ford was the one who changed that moment, for the better, it became that much more magical of a scene.

11. “I am fluent in over six million forms of communication.” (C-3PO)

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I can’t tell you how many times C-3PO has said to people this hilarious quote but that’s why it’s so funny. Not only does it convey that the protocol droid can well, speak in six million forms of communication, but it’s hilarious because C-3PO is so proud of that and he doesn’t hide his pride of that fact either. C-3PO may be a droid but he definitely is the funniest droid ever created.

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