The Last Jedi is positively filled with fascinating and potentially iconic moments. From Rey and Kylo Ren’s magnificent, highly choreographed lightsaber ballet against the Crimson Praetorian Guard to Vice Admiral Holdo’s brave lightspeed maneuver to a force projected by Luke Skywalker scolding at his former sidekick that he doesn’t Ain’t The Last Jedi – this film includes how to establish an epic scene fitting of an epic saga spanning cinema. He is very Ratatouille-esque the claim that a great Jedi can come from just about anywhere is also a breath of fresh air. Sure, The Rise of Skywalker would nullify this notion and many other ideas presented in The Last Jedi. This makes the already distinct central chapter feel even more estranged from their peers. However, the film presents itself as a worthy entry into the star wars cannon. – A B
3. Return of the Jedi
The first time a star wars The arc really ended on the big screen, it ended with a bang. The conclusion of Luke Skywalker’s story took us from the sands of Tatooine (“I used to live here, you know.” “You’re going to die here, you know. Handy.”) to the second star of half-dead, masterfully charting a young man’s journey to adulthood all at once. The film is both a technical marvel and a snapshot of what now seem to be the idiosyncrasies of the era, including the ever-amazing space battle above Endor and Lucas’ love of puppets and effects. practice. Certainly, there are fair reviews of the original finale, Leia’s clumsy Ewoks role, and Jabba’s Palace musical number.
However, the heart and strength of Luke’s story still shines in Return of the Jedi. It’s a film that seems to say something different at whatever age you watch it, depending on where you are in your own life journey compared to Luke’s charged self-discovery. While as a teenager I thought his black-clad heroism was as cool as the movies, as an adult I again appreciate how the Skywalker family dramatizes the much smaller clashes that most people have with their equally fallible human parents. It’s hard to find a better example of star wars‘ operatic scale as Luke’s solemn conflict with his father and the Emperor. –MC
2. A New Hope
It’s where it all began, and 45 years later, it’s still hard to beat Lucas’ original vision of a sci-fi fantasy universe filled with space wizards, advanced civilizations on distant planets , cool looking aliens, snipers and epic space. battles. Inspired by the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers the soap operas he loved as a child, as well as Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, Lucas in turn created arguably the most influential blockbuster of all time, a show whose presence is still felt today. today, whether in the MCU or jurassic worldnostalgic dinosaur-filled extravaganzas. Nerd culture simply wouldn’t be the same without the story of a young Luke Skywalker learning the ways of the Force and taking on the Evil Empire with all his friends.
Not only does this story of the oppressed fighting oppression seem universal and poignant to this day, but A new hope is also visually stunning, an absolute pioneer in terms of what could be done with practical effects in the late 70s. In fact, watching this film in 2022 still feels like a timeless experience. The film barely feels dated so many decades later, a testament to ILM’s innovative effects work. This third-act battle over the Death Star, with X-wings and TIE fighters zooming through space and past endless barrages of laser fire, still gives modern CGI festivals a race for their money. –JS
1. The Empire Strikes Back (READER’S CHOICE)
Some audiences did not know what to make of The Empire Strikes Back when it opened in 1980. The New York Times complained that it lacked the spirit of the original star warsand The Wall Street Journal wondered if Lucas’ fantasy had “lost its innocence?” In retrospect, these reviews are due to what a departure from the brilliant first film Empire turned out to be. Rather than a pure sword-and-sword game, Lucas and screenwriters Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan crafted a film that, while still a living pastiche of pop culture, suggested there was a really brooding over the dark side of this mythology.