RANKINGS: Star Wars
Last week, the Star Wars Universe was rattled by the news of Ron Howard taking over the still untitled Han Solo movie. #drama #kathleenkennedy. I've been brewing on it for a couple of days, and I honestly think Ron Howard will do the job right. He's made at least two awesome films (A Beautiful Mind, Rush), and he's been doing this for a very long time. Anyway, I figured I would take this opportunity to post my first "Rankings" blog.
Everybody likes to rank things, so let’s start with Star Wars. This is strictly my opinion. It’s also entirely true.
#1: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
JJ Abrams hit a home run here. The rewatch value is off the charts. Rey, Finn, and Poe are great young additions. BB8 is a riot, and this is the best we’ve seen Han & Chewy since maybe ever. This film is somehow underrated. It should have been a best picture nominee… and maybe even the winner.
#2: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
About a year ago, I watched all three of the original films back-to-back-to-back. Return of the Jedi is the best for a few reasons, but the Skywalker family is the most glaring. RTJ gives us the best look at the Skywalker dynamic, and Mark Hamill delivers his best performance of the series. The intimate scenes between Luke and Darth Vader are super duper good.
#3: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Within the first few minutes it’s very clear that Empire was directed by somebody not named George Lucas. The film is big and gritty and real. This movie is truly special, and the scenes on Dagobah are always fun. It’s a little slow at parts, and Mark Hamill has a few cheeseball lines, ultimately making this number 3 on the list.
#4: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The first Star Wars. It’s fun! It’s action packed! But it’s missing a little... something. Seriously, I love all the scenes with Luke, Leia, and Han. The trash compactor is so classic. It’s a good film, and the ending is killer, but it doesn't match up to the ones above. It’s missing an element of suspense and emotional honesty.
#5: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The eccentric characters are why we love Star Wars: good heroes and villains with depth and purpose. Every single character in Rogue One is made from cardboard, with the exception of Ben Mendelsohn (I can’t even remember his character’s name). The action was really cool, and Gareth Edwards definitely has a handle on the CGI/visuals, but this movie was not very good. That said, it wasn't bad. It just… was.
#6: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
This movie was bad, but the story is important to the integrity of the series. Ewan McGregor was great in the 3rd act!
#7: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
This movie is wild. The pod race is rad and the final lightsaber battle with Darth Maul is legendary, but the rest of the film is really flat. It lacks all emotion. All that said, Ewan McGregor was great in the 3rd act!
#8: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
This movie was awful. The story means nothing to me. That said, Ewan McGregor was great in the 3rd act.