Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Star Wars Movies!

Happy Tuesday Novas! I hope the New Year is starting off well for everyone! Every Tuesday I will try to upload a Rankings post where we rank our top 5 items in a category from the least loved to the totally binge watch rankings. If there are more than 5 items in the category, the top 5 results are essentially my favorites and I am ranking their placings. This year I want to try something new, so I will be asking for your feedback as well to feature in the next week’s rankings!

Game Guide:

  • Respond in the comments with your top 5 placings
  • Tune in the following Tuesday to view the results of the Community’s Rankings and see your answers featured!

It’s that easy! Furthermore, if you would like to participate in my Rankings Post each week, let me know in the comments and we can set topics to post each Tuesday!

 

Now onto the Rankings….

 

But First: I have been super excited to make this Rankings Post because my co-worker Dan and I have talked about our rankings just before The Last Jedi movie released. He told me that my #1 choice is NO ONE”S FAVORITE and that I’m ALLOWED TO BE WRONG! Lol, it’s super funny because I told him that I would do this post. I’m aware that my favorite will probably not make anyone else’s.

#5 Revenge of the Sith –

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Revenge of the Sith is one of my favorite movies in the 2nd set of Star Wars Trilogies, mainly because you see the foreshadowed and anticipated turn of Anakin Skywalker. Anakin is upset, he’s scared and he is very, very angry. The puppeteer Darth Sidious tapped into every emotional imbalance that he could find to get Anakin to make the turn, but it wasn’t until seeing the fate of his beloved Padma did Anakin let the darkness consume him which lead to one of my favorite lightsaber battles; Anakin versus Obi Wan Kenobi.

#4 The Force Awakens –

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The Force Awakens makes my lists for a few reasons, one of which being that a main character and Jedi was portrayed as a female lead. I personally take pride in seeing Rey develop her skills and learn that she is destined for more than a life as a scraper. We also receive a more humanized point of view of the Storm Troopers in Finn. Finn gives us a point of view that was never explored in the previous Star Wars movies and when he connects with Rey, a new journey begins.

#3 Empire Strikes Back –

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The Empire Strikes Back is one of the original 3 Star Wars movies and one of the most well known movies. This is the movie where Vader reveals his secret to Luke, where Luke trains with the infamous Yoda and Han Solo meets with a beautiful Princess Leia. Empire Strikes Back is the most recognizable and action packed episode and it’s the one that I remember the most from my childhood. Empire Strikes Back “I Love you!”…. “I Know!”

#2 The Last Jedi –

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I should have prefaced this post by saying that I feel like I hold the millennials view of the Star Wars Saga. I don’t remember too much of episodes 4, 5 and 6 but I do remember my brother lovinggggg the movies. With that said, you will find that the originals are pretty scarce in my list so I’m excited to see what the community votes as their favorites. I really enjoyed the Last Jedi despite the arguments on both sides and it comes near the top of the list. You can read my review about why I loved the movie so much by clicking here!

#1 The Phantom Menace –

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Listen! Dan has already grilled me about being incorrect and that the Phantom Menace couldn’t possibly be my favorite. But it is. The Phantom Menace is one of the reasons I became re-invested in the Star Wars movies. Seeing my favorite Character Darth Maul and how cool he was (no matter how short lived) and seeing the strength of Queen Amidala amongst the pressures of the Federation just lit a spark in mie that is not easily distinguished. I LOVEEEEE THIS MOVIE! Jar Jar, The Gongons, Qui Gon, Podracers… what more can you ask?

Those are my top 5 movies in the Star Wars Saga. It’s time to get everyone involved and I would love if you would tell me your top 5 in the comments. Each movie will receive a number and the movies will be ranked on the Community board which will be announced next week! So what are your top 5 Star Wars Movies? What do you think of my list? Is Phantom Menace really that bad? Let’s talk Star Wars!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free) Review!

Happy Friday Novas! Last night I was able to catch the very first showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 3D and it was amazing! Today I bring you the Spoiler FREE movie review and encourage all fans of the saga to watch as soon as you can. If you haven’t watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, beware! There are spoilers from that movie below.

Story: The Last Jedi picks up where The Force Awakens left off when Rey found the last Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in seclusion on a mysterious island. The 2 and a half hour movie showed the battle for the Republic between Snoke and Kylo Ren versus General Leia and the rebellion. With the larger scale battle taken place, Kylo and Rey line up on either side of the battle and both have to face personal obstacles in their midst. The Last Jedi contains the comedic scenes, awesome conflicts and morals that can only be taught from a Jedi Master or Sith Lord.

Visuals and Sounds: We watched the movie in 3D so that already beautifully, galactic world was amplified and if a great way! Normally, I don’t like to watch certain movies in 3D, but I really liked the way the 3D graphics were used in this movie. It accentuated the ships, lasers and of course the lightsaber battles that we all love to see! Star Wars has one of the best soundtracks of any series by far. There is the traditional galactic music at the beginning of the movie and a melodic symphony through every part of the movie. When Rey is training, the music is determined and hard, when there’s a revelation the music is hopeful and uplifting.

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Characters: We are introduced to new characters in this movie and they provide a great support to the main characters that were established in The Force Awakens. From some of the reviews that I have been reading and hearing about, fans are upset about the backstory of Rey not being well established in The Last Jedi. I can understand the need to know where she comes from and why she is so special, but if you think about it, we didn’t know about Anakin for 3 episodes. I think this is a characteristic that the Star Wars Saga uses to draw out interest and ensure that we will continue buying tickets… and it works! We do get a glimpse into Kylo Ren’s past and find out why he turned to the Dark Side!

Action: There;s plenty of action in the movie for me! The pacing was fantastic with high adrenaline scenes, lightsaber battles, battleships making a statement and finding out secrets in a fantastic manner.

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Final Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed the movie and I can see why it is being called one of the BEST Star Wars movies of all time. Watching a movie on premiere night with a bunch of fans of the series is always a great way to experience a Star Wars movie. As the traditional opening credits rolled the theater erupted into cheer and throughout the movie we all clapped, sighed and gasped at the scenes that we were experiencing together and in my case, in 3D. The atmosphere made the movie even more compelling to me, seeing and hearing everyone chanting for their favorite characters. At the end of the movie the entire theater stood up and clapped and I knew that I wasn’t the only fan satisfied with the money spent. I definitely encourage everyone to watch the movie!

This is the part of the review where I list my top reasons to Play or Skip the movie!

 

Play:

  • If you’ve watched and enjoyed The Force Awakens! Questions are answered and the picture is falling into place!
  • If you’re a Star Wars Fan!
  • If you’re not a Star Wars fan but want to start watching the series!

 

Skip:

  • If you have not watched The Force Awakens! There’s a bit of backstory that is re-told in this movie.
  • If you want more than 2 lightsaber battles (admittedly, I would have liked to see more battles)

Thank you for reading my spoiler free review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Are you planning or have you watched the movie yet? Who are your favorite Star Wars characters? Is there anything in particular that you are wanting to see in the film? Let’s talk Star Wars!

-Luna 🙂