Stars Wars

By | Sep 15, 2011

Episode I: The Phantom Menace
This is the beginning of the story, but the 4th of the movies produced. It tells the story of the discovery of Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One and foresees the beginning of the end of the old Republic and the Jedi Order.

Wisdom quote: Yoda: “Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.”

My rating: Perhaps the weakest of the movies and my personal least favorite. Was the pod race really necessary? As the first movie of the series (although the fourth made) it doesn’t seem to tell enough of the back story of the Jedi and the discovery of the Sith.

Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Taking place 10 years after the Phantom Menace, it tells the story of the young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his dealings with love and hate as darkness falls on the old Republic and the Jedi Knights discovering their spiritual enemy.

Wisdom quote: Anakin Skywalker: “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, rough, irritating and it gets everywhere”

My rating: A better movie than Episode I, but didn’t quite reach the heights of the last (first three). After seeing it the first time I felt as if they could have combined this with The Phantom Menace to make one movie. Felt this even more once Episode III came out

Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith
The movie takes place at the end of the Clone Wars and shows the destruction of the Jedi Order, the conversion of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force and the birth of his twins who although separated at birth will continue the story and help bring order to the galaxy.

Wisdom quote: Padmé Amidala “So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.”

My rating: Without a doubt the best of the prequels. But at times the movie seemed to be rush. I expected something big, a revelation, to happen to change Anakin Skywalker to the Sith Lord Darth Vader, but it didn’t seem to be there. Also it didn’t really seem clear why the Emperor wanted to save him. Also there were a couple of inconsistencies between what happen here and what was alluded to in Episode IV. Best of the prequels and even with the problems I felt this was the second best of the six.

Episode IV: A New Hope
The first of the Star Wars movies when it was released in 1977 it had only the title Star Wars. It tells the story of a young man and a mission to destroy the ultimate weapon and rescue a Princess with the aid of one of the last Jedi Knights.

Wisdom quote:Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Who’s the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?”

My rating: I have always considered that this is my all time favorite movie and even now nearly 35 years after its release I still feel that way. Although I do think of it more as a single movie and not one of six.

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Sith Lord Darth Vader leads a search for Rebel leaders as Luke Skywalker trains with the old Jedi Master Yoda.

Wisdom quote: C3PO: “The city’s central computer told you? R2-D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer.”

My rating: When it first came out, even though many was saying it was the better than Episode IV, I was not happy with the story or the movie. Looking at it from the view of the fifth of the series, I the story makes more sense. Was the love story better Han and Leia needed? That may have been my biggest complaint.

Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
The last of the 1st set of movies tells the story of how the Evil Empire end and that Anakin Skywalker, now Darth Vader and the one chosen to bring balance to the Force, destroys the Sith.

Wisdom quote:Obi-Wan Kenobi: “you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”

My rating: Much better than Episode V in my view, although I prefer. It is also the one that has been most changed by George Lucas since its original showing. I like the musical scene at the lair of Jabba the Hun that was in the 1983 version better than the Special Edition of 1997 as well as the ending music of the Ewok celebration. Over all it’s still my third favorite of the six.


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