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Greatest Star Wars Movie


  • 2018 2017 2016

    With Episode VIII of the Star Wars Saga out now in theatre, what are your three favorites?


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Pretty easy:

    1. Empire Strikes Back - can’t add anything that hasn’t been said ad nauseam: one example is that it has the best score.
    2. A New Hope - the greatest “tentpole” film of all time.
    3. Return of the Jedi - I’m in the minority on this but I love the first act on Tatooine. I just wish Lucas stuck to the original plan of having Luke look for his actual sister and build up to a final confrontation with the Emperor later on. Maybe three more movies would’ve been too much but I feel too much was crammed into the end. Bringing back the Death Star also set a precedent that’s been abused in subsequent films.


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    This new film is a complete and total pile of crap. Awful movie. Really awful Star Wars.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Very well put General Veers.

    Episode IV-VI  is my SW Universe and reading a lot of books from SW gave me a lot of insight.
    I was very Happy to See Rogue One as a Spin-off to EP IV and took the time to watch R1 plus EP IV together wich is working in total harmonie for me.
    But SW ended kinda to me with VII and VIII.

    I would have loved to See General Thrawn taking over the Empire and reestablishing it to the reapearing of Darth Ceadius, followed by the Yuuzhan Vong war.

    It remains as a dream…


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    @frimmel:

    This new film is a complete and total pile of crap. Awful movie. Really awful Star Wars.

    Really?


  • 2018 2017 2016

    There were SOME decent elements to it like the vast improvements to the characters of Kylo Ren and Rey but the many subplots that went nowhere were terrible, as well as odd tonal shifts. This was the first SW movie that felt tedious to me.


  • Customizer

    Harder to decide the worst between I and II.

    Have to go for I as I have at least completely forgotten II.


  • 2017 2016

    Grown men debating the best Star Wars movie?!?!

    Where’s Lord Curtmungus when you need him?  He should all over this!  :evil:


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @frimmel:

    This new film is a complete and total pile of crap. Awful movie. Really awful Star Wars.

    I’ll be seeing the new film with some friends sometime in early 2018 – and frankly, based on what I thought of its Episode VII predecessor, what frimmel said is pretty much what I’m expecting.  The original trilogy remains, to me, the best of the series.  All three of its films are “the best” in their own unique ways: A New Hope because it was the groundbreaker, and because if there’s one film of the series that can stand alone for all of Star Wars, it’s that one; The Empire Strikes Back because of its effective and unexpected dark tone and serious substance; and Return of the Jedi because it was (as one ILM staffer described it) the “Ph.D. degree” of the original trilogy (after the original Bachelor’s and Masters degrees of the first two films) which wrapped up the saga in a satisfying way, and which showed that the series had attained its full level of confidence and craft, both in terms of storytelling and special effects.

    I found Episode VII to be a confusing and unengaging mess.  I felt that I was watching not just a reboot of A New Hope but a bad reboot.  (That was also my reaction to the Hobbit movie trilogy in relation to the LotR movie trilogy.)  I couldn’t take the Episode VII heroes seriously, and even worse I couldn’t take the villains seriously.  In the original trilogy, the Imperials were sinister in a cold, serious, believable way; in Episode VII, the new bad guys struck me as being over-the-top hysterical shriekers.  In the original trilogy, Darth Vader was a towering (literally and figuratively) villain; his successor in Episode VII struck me as being an angst-ridden minor villain who’s consciously trying to be evil rather than actually being evil.  I kind of agree with a reviewer at the time who wrote that Episode VII makes Episodes I, II and III of the prequel trilogy look like “a noble failure” rather than the more uncharitable things they were called when they first came out.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    @CWO:

      I kind of agree with a reviewer at the time who wrote that Episode VII makes Episodes I, II and III of the prequel trilogy look like “a noble failure” rather than the more uncharitable things they were called when they first came out.

    and i hope that was Georg’s plan all the way since making EP I to III and is his way to apologize to his fans.

    Jar Jar Abrams, who needs Jar jar Abrams… :roll:


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    nothing beats SW II in terms of sheer unwatchable, awfulness… “Your skin is soft… not like sand”… barf…

    Think about it, if SW I, II, and III had been released as standalone movies, they would have been laughed at as complete dreck.

    As everyone knows, SW VI suffers from the ewoks.  Truly a harbinger of bad decision of Lucas to come.

    I actually like Rouge One, despite the obvious PC drive to make the protagonist a girl.  Funny thing though is that the strongest character in Rouge One is Director Krenik in my opinion.  He’s a smart guy trying to make something work in the face of power grubbing officials and rebellious technical advisors.  The girl protagonist is a total nothing.

    SW VII was such a copy of SW IV that it offered me nothing.  It’s totally superfluous.  Unnecessary.  Also incomprehensible: once the star killer has sucked up the attendant sun for power, how does it recharge?  It’s a friggin planet.  It can’t move to another solar system.  One shot, and it’s done.

    I haven’t watched SW VIII, but my impression is it isn’t very good.


  • 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Well this thing I sat through this weekend was definitely one of the worst. Terrible dialog, low IQ humour, shallow characters, predictable and dumb plot, ham fisted politically correct diversity agenda, annoying animated muppets (including Yoda), and to top it off they even did yet another millenium-falcon-flies-through-a-cave-sequence. CRAP.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    The best Star Wars movies are the ones not made by Disney or nearly feature some fuzzy animal or animal that will soon be made into a toy. That leaves the first movie.


  • 2017 2016

    @Flashman:

    Harder to decide the worst between I and II.

    Have to go for I as I have at least completely forgotten II.

    One issue about Ep. I is that noone can connect from younger Anakin to padawan Anakin. Would have been better IMO to start with padawan Anakin and beginning of Clone wars as ep. I. Ep. II could be middle Clone wars.
    The episode II was good at mirroring Ep. V elements, Anakin loosing an hand and a love story.
    But the actual love affair was not prepared enough and was not convincing between actors. Hence, episode I could not induce enough of this between a young boy and a young adult Padme.  In that case, Obi-Wan was a much better candidate for Padme. The missing continuity would be better solved with an alternate Ep. I Clone Wars begin.

    IMO, Jar Jar was meant to be Darth Jar Jar (which is Force infatuating young Anakin for Padme in ep.1, btw) to be the big revelation of Ep. II, like “I’m your Father” of Ep. V. But there was so much backlashes that it makes it impossible to affectionate this goofy caracter and makes audience feels the treason as intended.

    If you don’t believe Jar Jar is more than meet the eyes, just look at the last Clones Wars Cartoon series. His background is far more complex and he is playing with alternate aspects of Force with other adepts while eliminating a Dark Side adversary of Palpatine. He is able to do some kind of peaceful Tai-Chi moves with ease. Far off his usual overtly clumsiness.
    https://youtu.be/k5oJSLqxYhA

    Another interesting but fictional alternate story I read is that making Anakin jealous of Obi-Wan about Padme would have been a more convincing part of him turning Dark Side.


  • 2017 2016

    Episode VII elements  and environment are from Episode IV, but the story narrative is mirroring Episode I. Rey is a Mary Sue with Millenium Falcon and the Force the same way Anakin is good at everything with mechanical and lucky pilot to destroy Federation Cruiser (There is no such thing as luck according to old Obi-Wan).

    Luke is an authentic Force initiate with flaws (too old and impatient) rather than a blessed with (strong in) the Force character.
    Far easier to identify with him.
    Episode I and VII got plenty of characters and it becomes difficult to identify with.
    My guess the fans viewing Ep. VII connected much more in a glimpse with Han (trying to save Kylo), Chewie (firing at Kylo) and Leia (mourning Han) than Rey, Finn or Poe (trying to destroy Starkiller base, same piece of cake as Anakin vs Trade Fed. in Ep.I ).

    Another point is uncertainty of character’s Fate, Ep. I to III suffered from this because of nature of prequel. Obiwan, Padme and Anakin cannot die until they fulfill their part to achieve Ep.IV story points. A Fan have to try to forget he knows the future of the story.
    Connecting and identifying with characters is a real deal to enjoy such action movies.


  • 2017 2016

    @Imperious:

    The best Star Wars movies are the ones not made by Disney or nearly feature some fuzzy animal or animal that will soon be made into a toy. That leaves the first movie.

    I like these little furry human-flesh eaters.
    Guess what they cooked for aftermath party?
    Stormtroopers noodles soup.


  • 2017 2016

    @StuckTojo:

    Grown men debating the best Star Wars movie?!?!

    Where’s Lord Curtmungus when you need him?  He should all over this!  :evil:

    Maybe is body double might chime in. But he would unmasked himself and revealed to all community : “I am his father.” Kind of thing.



  • Empire Strikes Back is the best ever.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    I agree.


  • 2017 2016

    @ABWorsham:

    Empire Strikes Back is the best ever.

    I agree.

    When Leia is telling she loves him, just before carbonite freezing. The answer is priceless:
    “Han replies, “I know,” with the ghost of a smile on his face.”
    That was so in character moment. 🙂

    But it is far less cheers up as Episode IV.


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    @CWO:

    @frimmel:

    This new film is a complete and total pile of crap. Awful movie. Really awful Star Wars.

    I’ll be seeing the new film with some friends sometime in early 2018 – and frankly, based on what I thought of its Episode VII predecessor, what frimmel said is pretty much what I’m expecting.  The original trilogy remains, to me, the best of the series.  All three of its films are “the best” in their own unique ways: A New Hope because it was the groundbreaker, and because if there’s one film of the series that can stand alone for all of Star Wars, it’s that one; The Empire Strikes Back because of its effective and unexpected dark tone and serious substance; and Return of the Jedi because it was (as one ILM staffer described it) the “Ph.D. degree” of the original trilogy (after the original Bachelor’s and Masters degrees of the first two films) which wrapped up the saga in a satisfying way, and which showed that the series had attained its full level of confidence and craft, both in terms of storytelling and special effects.

    I found Episode VII to be a confusing and unengaging mess.  I felt that I was watching not just a reboot of A New Hope but a bad reboot.  (That was also my reaction to the Hobbit movie trilogy in relation to the LotR movie trilogy.)  I couldn’t take the Episode VII heroes seriously, and even worse I couldn’t take the villains seriously.  In the original trilogy, the Imperials were sinister in a cold, serious, believable way; in Episode VII, the new bad guys struck me as being over-the-top hysterical shriekers.  In the original trilogy, Darth Vader was a towering (literally and figuratively) villain; his successor in Episode VII struck me as being an angst-ridden minor villain who’s consciously trying to be evil rather than actually being evil.  I kind of agree with a reviewer at the time who wrote that Episode VII makes Episodes I, II and III of the prequel trilogy look like “a noble failure” rather than the more uncharitable things they were called when they first came out.

    I disliked this one more than Force Awakens and generally think Force Awakens was pretty awful. I think a great number of things wrong with this movie chiefly Luke and the unnecessary subplot that goes nowhere start with the mess created by Force Awakens. That whole side-quest felt like they just had to find something for Finn and the short frumpy girl in coveralls to do. I don’t go to the movies to see short frumpy girls in coveralls being trite.

    Setting aside Anakin (who I will remind you is a seventeen year old boy raised by monks) and his comments on sand the girl there and the scenery there in the much maligned AOTC are at least worth looking at. Frumpy girl in front of the green screen riding cgi rabbit-horses… not so much.

    This film is so obviously a course correction or attempt to tie off some of the loose ends and focus the story a bit that it makes Force Awakens look even worse. The less charitable side of that coin though is this director has just initiated a peeing contest with JJ. I don’t see how that can turn out well.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    I like rodents in movies. Especially if they make them into a toy and cross marketing with fast food outlets

    The rodent was the star of the movie


  • 2017

    @Karl7:

    I actually like Rouge One, despite the obvious PC drive to make the protagonist a girl.  … The girl protagonist is a total nothing.

    I think that’s pretty harsh considering the acting/plot standards of Star Wars films generally  :lol:

    If a female protagonist, or arguably co-protagonist, was inorganic (i.e. not simply an aesthetic choice on the part of the creative team), that strikes me as far more a marketing decision rather than an actual “PC” interest. Otherwise, why is every other significant character in the film male?

    I don’t see the rationale for that in a universe where quasi-magical powers and/or advanced technology dwarf the value of physical strength.

    If Rogue One were so progressive, Erso wouldn’t need for her father to be captured to help the rebels. She could be motivated by personal political conviction. But that obviously wouldn’t jive with Star Wars heavy reliance on fantasy tropes. The filial daughter going to war on her father’s behalf (but against his wishes) makes her character a spin on Mulan. Except that unlike Mulan, Erso doesn’t outshine her compatriots in battle.

    That being said, I think Rogue One is a decent film for what it’s meant to be, and definitely better than VII or the gutwrenchingly awful I/II/III. I haven’t seen VIII yet to compare, but I doubt it will win me over.


  • 2017 2016 2015 '12

    one thing is totally beyond me, all this (including coming from this site) complaining about female protagonist roles. is that the only lens you see and judge movies, nowadays? not even for a second am I disturbed by Rey or Jyn…heck, if anything, women have a lot of catch up to do.

    I am male, I dont like tfa or tlj a bit, I like R1. Is that the inner alt-right speaking, I cant understand it. Male or female, homo or hetero, what does it matter? Isnt the plot itself, the context, the overall believability important for judging? People complain about PC, and I am sure they have minorities in mind (how can they push Finn, how can they dare make someone important without having 100% hetero credentials), the good old world, if there were just someone who could make it great again.

    All those groups attacked as PC have never got attention, and are by far not such a small minority in the first place, so I think they should catch up. But of course from having zero representation to the current level is a huge shock for people being accustomed seeing them, and only them. Time to get over that…and if the accusation is that PC is only for business reasons to target new groups…well, the old and for-such-a-long-time-only-group has been targeted by the same business for a long time. Nobody complained that that was PC, very strange.

    There is Luke, Finn, Poe, Han, Kylo, Snoke, Chewie, Cassian, Vader, Tarkin, Krennic, the Intelligence General, Hux and whatnot, and still people find time to complain about female protagonists.

    The world is 50+% female.

    Funny, I never mind in a movie if a particular hero or villain is female or male, just if played well or not. But in real life I cant escape this discussion.


  • 2017

    I agree with everything you said Alex. I only mentioned marketing as a hypothetical and I do not view marketing influences on casting as being PC by necessity. In fact, much of the time when marketers influence casting decisions it ends up being politically incorrect.

    I shouldn’t even use the term “politically correct” or “politically incorrect” because their usage in American English no longer has a clear definition.

    Once PC refered to absurd extremes to avoid offense. Today, a single female character surrounded by a platoon of men can somehow be labelled PC  :?


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