Which movie franchise confuses you the most

Top list: The best & worst Star Wars films (ranking)

10th place: 'Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones'

You can find our review of the film here!

It's good:

  • New and exciting settings
  • Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan
  • Anakin's massacre in the Tusken camp

This is bad:

  • Embarrassing romance between Anakin and Padme
  • No dramatic highlights
  • Absence of a real bad guy
  • Unclear role of the clone warriors

OK. Next The phantom menace is Attack of the Clone warriors also a fair candidate for last place. Why the middle part of the prequel trilogy still stings its predecessor is mainly due to the more interesting story, which makes the political happenings more palatable with a pinch of mystery. The clone warrior army is an exciting plot element, which, however, was not thought through consistently. Towards the end there is confusion as to whom the clone warriors have sworn allegiance to and who the executioner is Master Sifo-Dyas.

Add to that the embarrassing comedy Episode i was replaced with an embarrassing romance. The mess between Anakin and Padme is unbearable and has long been listed as one of the worst screen romances of all time. Hayden Christensen can certainly convince in his dark scenes. The greatest moment in Clone warrior is Anakin's monologue after the rampage in the Tusken camp. Goose bumps! Overall, the film unfortunately lacks further epic highlights for which Starwars-Films are actually known.

9th place: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

You can find our review of the film here!

It's good:

  • Convincing cast
  • Fun action scenes
  • Retro feeling
  • Chewie and Hans first meeting

This is bad:

  • Story with few ideas
  • Anti-climatic finale
  • No standout moments

As well as attack of the Clone warriors, the new spin-off is missingSolo: A Star Wars Story just at great moments. But at least the film is a rock-solid space heist film that does little to nothing wrong. To solo nobody asked, but neither does it hurt anyone.

Contrary to all expectations, especially Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo and Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian are convincing. The action is fun and the humor organically fits into the action without getting annoying. Quickly looked and quickly forgotten; Solo: A Star Wars Story is, as opposed to Rogue One, really just a nice little spin-off.

8th place: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

It's good:

  • Great visual implementation
  • High narrative speed
  • A lot of joke
  • Retro charm

This is bad:

  • "Worsened" decisions of the predecessor
  • Fan service instead of an interesting story
  • Compulsive involvement of the emperor
  • Inappropriate episode name that only served the fan hype

Similar to the original trilogy, the final film is the one with the most problems. It's true, Rian Johnson gave it to J.J. Abrams not made easy. Nevertheless, with The Last Jedi Johnson has an original, dramaturgically competent Starwars-Film created that can stand for itself. The rise of Skywalker is now, similar to The Force Awakens, a nostalgia festival without surprises. Sometimes the nostalgia even turns into sentimentality, at the latest as soon as each character who has already died reappears as a ghost / memory / cameo.

Despite its running time, the film is entertaining and entertaining, packed full of action sequences, visual gadgets and funny creatures. Yet the act feels more than in any other Starwars-Film, like that of a (mediocre) computer game: "Find an object to find another object with the help of this object." Even the Emperor, who is thrown into the film completely incoherently, can't make the story any more interesting. Still is The rise of Skywalker a potent entertainment film if you don't see it as the big ending to arguably the most popular series of films of all time.

7th place: 'Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi'

It's good:

  • The emperor
  • Luke and Vader
  • Epic finale on multiple fronts
  • Ewoks (cute!)

This is bad:

  • Ewoks (overpowered!)
  • Massive logic holes
  • Visit to Jabba
  • Boba Fett dies the most ridiculous Starwars-Death

Return of the Jedi To place it so far back may border on blasphemy for some fans. Nevertheless, for a ranking you should remove the nostalgic glasses and admit the many weaknesses of the film. The first third in the palace of Jabba the Hutt is a test of patience and is more likely to be remembered for its grotesque moments (elephant DJ, Jabba's rat Crumb, Boba Fett's stupid death).

Even more frustrating is the fact that the entire plot revolves around a huge logic hole: Why would the Emperor send real Empire plans to the rebels just to lure them into a trap? Ultimately, this ultimately leads to the renewed destruction of the Death Star. While I keep the Ewoks out of the evaluation as a "matter of taste", Episode VI actually only finds its strengths in the last third - but then right. As soon as we see Lando in the Falcon, Han and Chewie beat up stormtroopers and Luke crosses the lightsaber with Vader, the film moves to one of the best finals in film history. But a brilliant ending doesn't make a brilliant film. Not even after three decades.

6th place: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

You can find our review of the film here!

It's good:

  • Euphoric film start
  • New, likeable main characters
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
  • Han Solo's shocking death
  • Luke's final scene

This is bad:

  • Rey is too powerful ("Mary Sue"?)
  • Snoke
  • Worn out finale on Starkiller base
  • In practical terms A new hope 2.0

J.J. Abrams played it safe and turned one Starwars-Film that pays homage to the franchise more than a sequel to the franchise. The Force Awakens is a thoroughly staged film with humor, charm and nostalgia. In retrospect, however, it does not play an exceptional role in the franchise and therefore settles in the middle of the ranking.

Too many action points are a direct copy of A new hope. At least that works well until the disappointing finale on Starkiller-Base is rung in. Another Death Star, seriously? The complete plot of the “First Order” seems incredibly constructed and generic. The shock death of Han Solo, who in no way does the character injustice, makes up for the insignificance of the finale. With the epic final scene, Abrams ultimately lets his film end on a high note. The Force Awakens may be the most "Disney" of the new films, but he does a lot of things right that the prequels got wrong: Starwars should tell a fairy tale and be fun.

5th place: 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

You can find our review of the film here!

That was good:

  • Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
  • Alan Tudyk as K-2SO
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic
  • Bombastic showdown
  • "The" Vader scene

That was bad:

  • Thin supporting characters
  • Sluggish entry

Did I just say that Starwars-Films are fairy tales? Not so Rogue One. This film deliberately breaks with the Jedi legend and presents itself as a dirty and merciless action film in space. Still that is Starwars-Feeling omnipresent. This is mainly due to the fact that the dark aspects of the franchise, which we got to know especially in the original trilogy, are presented very well. Death Star, Star Destroyer, and slimy officers represent the Empire in glory and glory.

Director Gareth Edwards ’ Starwars-Film is not only visually and narrative one of the most stylish films in the series, it also blends in wonderfully Episode IV and plugs a long-discussed logic hole. During the first half of Rogue One has to struggle with some lengths, the film leads to a colossal second half that gives us the best space battle and the best Vader scene of all time. The mercilessly dark ending with a bittersweet undertone hits the nail on the head and probably makes the film look better than it really is. Still is Rogue One a strong spin-off with an absolute right to exist.

4th place: 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith'

You can find our review of the film here!

That was good:

  • Ian McDiarmid as Darth Sidious
  • General Grievous
  • Order 66
  • Anakin vs. Obi-Wan
  • Transition to Episode IV

That was bad:

  • Partly weak dialogues
  • CGI overkill
  • Padme dies of a broken heart

Revenge of the Sith is perhaps no better "movie" than Rogue Onebut definitely the better one Starwars-Movie. With all the criticism of the prequels, must Revenge of the Sith in fairness to be excluded. With Episode III George Lucas finally delivered what we've been looking for Episode i Waiting for: A dark, epic sci-fi epic that centers on the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader.

Boring secondary plots and unnecessary comic reliefs are trimmed to a minimum - the result is a tighter and more exciting one Starwars-Film that tells the most interesting and tragic chapter in the whole saga. Hayden Christensen is finally growing into his role, as is Ewan McGregor, which makes the final duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan even more intense. True is Revenge of the Sith not free from weaknesses, as some dialogues are still pretty cheesy, as well as the reliance on excessive CGI effects, but George Lucas makes up for a lot with this film. The ending leads perfectly into the original trilogy and even manages to capture the spirit of these classics for a few minutes.