11) The Rise of Skywalker - a travesty
This movie is an insult to all the movies before it, including the prequels. The Sequel trilogy has led me to appreciate the Prequels simply because George Lucas at least had a complete story arc from beginning to end for multiple characters, something the Sequel trilogy is completely lacking.
Best thing - NONE
Worst thing - Rey Palpatine & Rey Skywalker (Why can’t Rey be like David S. Pumpkins?)
10) The Phantom Menace - the old worst SW movie
Three words, Jar Jar Binks. Starting Anakin as a little kid was a mistake. He could have been a teenager and still have the same beats.
Best thing - Qui Gon Gin, the original gray Jedi.
Worst thing - Besides JJB, the way too long pod race and midi-chlorians.
9/8) Attack of the Clones / Revenge of the Sith - I go back and forth on which one is worse. The dialogue throughout the prequels is some of the worst in cinema history but it’s especially noticeable in these two movies.
Best thing - Obi Wan’s detective storyline.
Worst thing - The forced love story.
Best thing - Order 66, extremely sad, but getting to see that part of the story we have known about for years was amazing. (The tie-in with the finale of Clone Wars series is also epic.)
Worst thing - Padme dying from a broken heart!? Showing us the twins was a mistake. Letting us think they had died with her would have left some cool reveals for the original trilogy.
7) Solo: A Star Wars Story - unnecessary
I did not need to know where Han got his name, gun, or best friend. Dryden Voss is a great villain and I liked the incorporation of Crimson Dawn and Darth Maul.
Best thing - Donald Glover as Lando.
Worst thing - L3’s free the robots thing.
6) The Last Jedi - mixed bag
The Kylo Ren/Rey stuff was a great way to show us new force stuff and give us some character depth for Kylo Ren. It was a nice idea for Rian Johnson to try and move SW away from it’s stale tropes but I hated everything with Finn and Poe.
Best thing - The throne room fight.
Worst thing - Making Poe an immature brat and shoving Finn off on some side quest.
5) A New Hope - too slow
To be fair most sci-fi movies from the 70s are painfully slow. The strong storyline that takes us along for Luke’s call to adventure is iconic.
Best thing - introducing one of the world’s best villains - Darth Vader.
Worst thing - pacing too slow.
4) Rogue One - Original trilogy feels
You could argue this story was as unnecessary as Solo but I like how it expands the universe with gray good guys (Cassian killing an ally) and stuff like the Guardian’s of the Whills. I’m a sucker for new planets too, Skarif and Jedha were great entries.
Best thing - unhinged Darth Vader.
Worst thing - killing off all the interesting new characters we just met.
3) Return of the Jedi - a fantastic conclusion to an overall great trilogy
Vader’s redemption arc, action sequences, and pacing are all good. The final shot with everyone together leaves the viewer with a sense of a bright future ahead for everyone.
Best thing - Jeni Knight Luke Skywalker. His confidence is off the charts as well as his fashion choices.
Worst thing - Ewoks and the new Sy Snootles music video. It should have been the Battle of Kashyyyk, not Endor.
2) The Force Awakens - a promising re-start
I think it was smart to give us something familiar since the disappointment of Phantom Menace still lingers for many people. Having said that, it was a great idea to give us a bad guy who is the opposite of Vader while also aspiring to be him.
Best thing - Kylo Ren, the most interesting character in the SW universe (so far.)
Worst thing - Rehash of the Death Star.
1) The Empire Strikes Back - exciting & satisfying
This was the first movie I ever saw in the theater. The images that stuck in my brain were Darth Vader's black suit against white snow walls and Han being frozen in carbonite. The surprise appearance of Vader in cloud city was awesome. Much better pacing that the original. Great stakes for all the characters, not just Luke. One of the best lightsaber fights and the establishment of the now iconic Skywalker family line was earth shattering at the time.
Best thing - Luke and Vader’s interactions
Worst thing - If I have to pick something, the Battle of Hoth could have been shorter.