Hey there! Last Thursday I reviewed on my blog the last chapter of Star Wars - chronologically talking - and so I decided to rate them from worst to best, based on my opinion only of course.
#6 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
George Lucas clearly doesn't know what to do anymore, since he made this awful thing. The love story between Anakin and Padmé is boring and unconvincingly. Some action scenes are good, others go on too long and are tedious. The special effects are excellent, but they can't save the film.
Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin Skywalker is awful. While the script isn't strong, maybe another - and better - actor might have brought more life into the role. Natalie Portman's performance as Padmé is painful: while she had some chemistry with 10-year-old Jake Lloyd's Anakin, she has completely lost it with Christensen. Also her character went from being a strong woman and leader, to a housewife - I wonder what Lucas was thinking about.
#5 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
This film is not as good as any other film of the original trilogy but it is not even trash. Firstly the good points: the music is still great, the visual effects are stunning, the action sequences are good, and the pod race is engaging.
On the other hand, dialogs are everything but good, the acting is mostly cringe - but at least Natalie Portman has chemistry with little Anakin -, Darth Maul is barely shown, all Obi-Wan Kenobi did was using his lightsaber, and the first 30 minutes or so, are useless because the film really starts on Tatooine. Oh, I almost forgot to mention how annoying Jar Jar Binks is.
#4 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Not on the podium, still this film is a fantastic ending to a fantastic trilogy. This film has a bad reputation because of Ewoks, and although they are not the best thing happened to Star Wars, at least they are cute. This episode is the most emotional, and always leaves me in tears. The end is great, and the lightsaber duel between Luke and Darth Vader/Anakin is just epic.
Mark Hamill does an excellent job in developing his character and Carrie Fisher's Leia is amazing.
#3 Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Once you hit the bottom, there is nowhere to go but up, and so did George Lucas. This film is a surprisingly good, dark and emotional end to the prequel trilogy. The best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back and unarguably the best film of the new trilogy.
While the dialogue is still horrible, especially in the romance parts, the story offers something the previous two couldn't give. The special effects are perfect. The lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan is good and thrilling, although we all know how it ends. The drama in the film helps the cast giving their best performances of the three films.
#2 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
This is a masterpiece and one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made. It has everything that can be great in a film: great characters, captivating story, tension, great special effects considering it's age, and a spectacular fantasy background.
The music is spectacular. Alec Guinness and Harrison Ford wonderfully portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo.
#1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
This film is dark and sinister but even more involving than the first one, A New Hope. Fuelled by action, the film is capable of creating such a tension that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The storyline is tighter, there is a deeper characters development and Luke finds out the truth about his father. We hear the Imperial March for the first time, and the visual effects are really improved.
The performances are terrific, especially Harrison Ford's as Han Solo and David Prowse's as Darth Vader.
Let me know what you think of this order, and how you would rate them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and May the Force be with you!