Now, Rogue One may be about to make a ridiculous amount of money this coming weekend (estimates suggest that it could earn up to $150 million in the US alone), but at the end of the day, it won't be the film's box office total that defines how fondly it'll be remembered. Instead, it'll be just how good the movie is. Which, helpfully, is extremely good indeed. It's also, though, a very different, and very modern, sort of Star Wars movie — something that might well count against it for many fans (especially those who have a problem with films that aren't entirely about straight white people being blandly heroic).
As such, it seemed worth asking a very particular question...
Where Does 'Rogue One' Rank Alongside The Other Star Wars Movies?
Specifically, which of the previous seven #StarWars movies is #RogueOne better than — and, indeed, worse than. Where, in effect, does it place in a ranking of the Star Wars movies, from worst to best.
I've offered up my two cents below, but since these things are inevitable highly subjective and personal, make sure to let us all know your thoughts (and your list) in the comments below! I'm only counting mainstream saga movies (and Rogue One), but if you really, really love those Ewok films or The Clone Wars, then feel free to add them in!
First up, then?
8. 'Episode II: Attack Of The Clones'
Cons: Unnecessary giant monster arena brawls. Jedi romance. A whole lot of intensely boring filler.
7. 'Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith'
Pros: Features the real origin of #DarthVader.
Cons: Actually shows us the real origin of Darth Vader, thus slightly ruining him forever.
6. 'Episode I: The Phantom Menace'
Pros: Actually fun. Was terrific for anyone who first saw it as a kid. Liam Neeson. #DarthMaul. Pod-racing scenes.
Cons: Inexplicable CGI racism. A junior Anakin no-one asked for. Midi-chlorians. Darth Maul. JAR JAR GODDAMN BINKS.
5. 'Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi'
Cons: #Ewoks. So. Many. Ewoks.
4. 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Pros: Grit. Darkness. Emotional depth. Alan Tudyk as a droid. Donnie Yen as a blind space bad-ass. Plus, the cast isn't just white people (and Lando).
Cons: A slow start. A rushed middle. The uncanny valley. No footage of Jar Jar being thrown into a volcano.
3. 'Episode VII: The Force Awakens'
Pros: Everything we all loved about the Original Trilogy, only this time with characters who aren't white dudes getting something to do.
Cons: Essentially just a remake of the Original Trilogy. A thoughtless lack of railing construction on the First Order's part.
2. 'Episode IV: A New Hope'
Pros: The beginning of it all. #HanSolo. The Death Star. The reason the arrival of X-Wings on screen still makes people cheer.
1. 'Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back'
Pros: Hoth. Cloud City. Dagobah. Lando. #Yoda. Leia and Han's sexual tension. Leia and Luke's awkward incestuous kissing. That big reveal. The fact that it's one of the best movies ever made.
Cons: Many wampas died bringing you this entertainment.
The big question now, though?
What do you think? What order would you place the movies in? Let us know below!