By Nate Johnson
- The Phantom Menace– This is the film I was on the edge of my seat when I was five years old. I was mesmerized by the big screen. I fell in love with Qui-Gon and Darth Maul. I vividly remember “Duel of the Fates”, this was a real Jedi fight. The elegance and the swiftness of Jedi’s in their prime. Phantom Menace brought in a new era of CGI into the Star Wars universe. The battles were mass scale. I wish Darth Maul didn’t die and instead developed him through all three movies. That would have been an epic climax.
- The Last Jedi- The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise was original. Every ten minutes I would be caught off guard. The movie is rich in plot and develops the new characters well and gives timely commentary on war and culture and brings the Force into a new light.
- The Empire Strikes Back– The best sequel to any film franchise. The infamous quote “I am your father,” defined a generation of filmmaking. Empire gave a bittersweet ending and leaves viewers unease. What will happen to the rebellion? Or Luke? Is Han lost in the galaxy? It’s a stark contrast to A New Hope.
- Revenge of the Sith– The galactic climax to the trilogy. The back and forth of Yoda vs. Palpatine and Obi vs. Vadar is top-notch. It shows the fall of a republic is brought from within. I was sad when “Order 66” was carried out. Plenty of action setting up the climax. Many saber battles and poetic endings for many characters.
- Solo – It’s a different kind of Star Wars movie. It has the potential to show a different side of the galaxy. A side that doesn’t include the Skywalker family. Bonus points for Darth Maul at the end. It’s the most underutilized villain in the saga.
- A New Hope– The first one that started it all. “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi you’re my only hope,”. The first Death Star.
- Return of the Jedi– Before everyone complained about Jar Jar, there were the Ewoks. I enjoyed the back and forth during the battle of Endor. All three elements complemented each other. Plus “It’s a Trap!” is a line that will stand the test of time.
- Rogue One- I was in awe of the music score, sound, and the way the movie was executed. It’s a good start for stand-alone films and brings back nostalgia for fans. The ending scene is the best of the film franchise. Vadar destroys. And it’s EPIC!
- Rise of Skywalker– The movie was amazing for the first time I saw it. I was on the edge of my seat. I didn’t agree with Palpatine returning, but I can get behind it. I was also disappointed with the big space battle at the end. It was anti-climatic for me.
- The Force Awakens- I felt it was a rehash. Being the first film in 10 years, it did extremely well. Star Killer base was a trumped-up Death Star. I liked the fact of not knowing who had the Jedi power. Finn and Poe were great complementary characters.
- Attack of the Clones- I feel like it’s a setup film for Revenge of the Sith. It’s a slow movie until the Battle Arena scene. Count Dooku is my least favorite villain in all of the movies. Jango Fett dies an unceremonious death.