Before episode 7 comes out, I wanted to give my personal ranking of the first six Star Wars films. Here it is, with mini reviews. p.s.: I welcome disagreements, but no hostility.
#6 The Phantom Menace: This one should come as no surprise, since it is the least favorite of most Star Wars fans. Jar Jar gets a lot of hate, but I thought most of the non-human characters in this film were annoying, not just him. Anakin was too young, his mom was boring, and Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman didn’t seem like they were having any fun. On the plus side, Ewan McGregor did seem like he was having fun. Also, I’m not usually into fight scenes, but I thought the final light saber battle was very well paced and choreographed.
#5 Return of the Jedi: I might get slammed for putting this so low, and I don’t hate this movie, but I think it had major problems. To name a few, I found the Emperor annoying, Vader’s redemption was too abrupt, the Ewoks were too cute and silly, I don’t believe that Lucas always planned to have Luke and Leia to be siblings, and many of the actors just seem ready to leave this series.
#4 Revenge of the Sith: Visually, this is probably the best of all six of the movies, and it has some truly heart breaking moments. The problem is that I feel like much of the film feels flat, and gets bogged down in politics. It also feels like things were rushed in order to get the characters to where they need to be in episode four. They couldn’t even come up with a real way to kill Padme, and Anakin goes bat-shit crazy in the blink of an eye. Plus, the emperor still annoys me.
#3 Attack of the Clones: I actually think this was far better than people give it credit for. However, it was choppy in the middle, because going between the Obi Wan scenes and the Padme/ Anakin scenes felt like watching two different movies. We are supposed to understand that Anakin is leaning towards the dark side , but sometimes he just seems whiny. Portman was very flat in a lot of her scenes. Still, I think this movie was far better than Phantom Menace in pretty much every way.
#2 Empire Strikes Back: This is regarded by many as the best Star Wars film. I really enjoy the story, and the effects are definitely better than they were in the first movie. However, I can only explain giving it second place by saying that, to me, it feels like a sequel. It is not quite as fresh as the first one, which I suppose is unavoidable.
#1 A New Hope: I think the first one is the best. Sure it has it’s problems. Luke is at his whiniest here, It is gross seeing what is clearly supposed to be a love triangle, when we know Leia and Luke becomes siblings, and the effects that were so impressive back in the day now feel like we are watching an old school video game. Still, I think this series was best before it became a massive hit, and it was just a story of a boy trying to save the galaxy.