Ranking the Star Wars movies: No. 5


Sam Dunham


The holiday season is upon us and that means only one thing. No, not presents or sledding or chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Star Wars returns to the big screen yet again, and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

But before we look to see what Disney puts under our tree this year, it is only appropriate that we reflect on the Star Wars of Christmas (and Summers) Past. This science-fiction franchise has been a centerpiece of Hollywood since the 70s, and to this day is perhaps the most quotable and recognizable brand in all of America. Whether it’s the iconic lines, beloved protagonists, or infamous villains, everyone remembers Star Wars for something. Through its ups and downs, this timeless story has been just that: timeless. So without further ado, here is every Star Wars film ranked from worst to best.

Note: Not included in these rankings are the two animated films “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars” (yes, there’s a difference) since they are not a part of the complete saga. Also excluded is the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special”, a movie so horrendous that it should never be associated with any Star Wars list.

5) “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”

Certainly the “best” movie of the prequel trilogy, the overall tone of this film is that of “I’m sorry”. Indeed, Lucas finally seems to recognize his mistakes as well as the public outcry of the first two movies.

The CGI of Episode III improved drastically and seems far less dated. While there is still a lack of the practical effects that were a staple of the original trilogy, the set pieces and action is much more entertaining and interesting (excluding the final battle which will be addressed later). Hayden Christensen’s performance does improve, mostly because his character doesn’t require much emotion. However the romance is still very rigid despite the increased emotional stakes with a looming child (that child will grow to be somewhat important).

Fortunately, the plot is more focused on the downfall of Anakin and the rise of evil in the galaxy. There is still an emphasis on exposition and long conversation rather than visual stimulation and action. Overall, the movie doesn’t have many bad mistakes, but also doesn’t do anything outstanding either. Kind of like the Kansas City Chiefs. Or Chris Pine.

To read Dunham’s previous rankings:

No. 6:  “Attack of the Clones”

No. 7:  “The Phantom Menace”