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Added by DragonPhoenix46 on 15 Dec 2016 05:20
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The Star Wars Films - Best to Worst

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Worst Special Edition Changes:

*Changing Luke's dialogue to RD-D2 from "You're very lucky you don't taste very good." to "You're very lucky to get out of there."
*Replacing the late Jason Wingreen with Temuera Morrison as the voice of Boba Fett
*Changing Darth Vader's dialogue from "Bring my shuttle!" to "Alert my star destroyer to prepare for my arrival."
*Adding in an outtake from Return of the Jedi where Darth Vader's shuttle arrives on a star destroyer's hangar, which has the exact same interior as Death Star II's.
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The Phantom Menace is what got me into the franchise. But it was this along with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are what got me into movies in general.

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*The CGI rocks in front of R2-D2
*Obi-Wan's Kyrat Dragon call to scare off the Tusken Raiders (Sand People)
*The highly distracting and severely dated CGI additions to Mos Eisley
*Greedo shooting first
*The scene between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt
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For criticisms regarding Rey's linage, the fate of Supreme Leader Snoke, and Luke's characterization, I will always defend until they are fully vindicated. For the former two, if those turned out the way the fans wanted, if would have been an anticlimax and made Episode IX more predictable. Surprises are sometimes a good thing.

But the fan criticisms that will I do agree on are Leia's force powers to escape the vacuum of space, which is about as silly as Indiana Jones surviving a nuke explosion in a fridge from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Admiral Ackbar's off-screen death, most particularly. It's right up with Boba Fett falling into the Sarlacc pit. Even though they're minor characters, but considering their popularity, they deserved better. Also, I would rate this movie higher if it was Ackbar that performed the heroic sacrifice near the end of the second act rather than Vice Admiral Holdo. And another reason why that's my favorite fan criticism is because it's a good example on how political correctness is killing creativity.
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This a great setup to A New Hope with some good characters like K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) and Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and a wonderful third act. And Darth Vader's short screen time was awesome while he lasted.
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Despite being a retread of A New Hope, the film does deliver on what the Prequel Trilogy doesn't have: characters we care about, genuinely funny moments, more practical effects, and better direction and writing.

Kylo Ren could have been a cheap and whiney Darth Vader knock-off, but he does come across as a great villain with potential and throwing tantrums in a more subtle manner. He is what Anakin Skywalker should have been, but with a more heart of gold.
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This may have been nearly on the same level of its predecessors if Boba Fett wasn't defeated anticlimactically and showed more of his talents to on what made him one of the most fearsome bounty hunters in the galaxy.

Worst Special Edition Changes:

*Replacing "Lapti Nek" with "Jedi Rocks" and some of the puppets with nauseating CGI
*Adding an already dated CGI beak and tentacles to the Sarlacc
*Adding CGI eyelids to Wickett
*Darth Vader shouting "No. NOOO!" while throwing the Emperor into the shaft
*The celebrations at different planets in the end of the film
*Replacing the late Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christensen as Anakin's Force ghost.
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Alden Ehrenreich does fine as Han Solo, but not as spot-on like Anthony Ingruber. And I have no real complaints about Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. I think one of the movie's main problem is that it didn't have the fresh narrative twists that Rogue One had. It was played a bit too safe. Regardless of the film's flaws, I'd rather watch that again over Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen any day.
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It may be the least bad of the Prequel Trilogy, but the film still has the hard-to-accept plot contrivances and the awkward dialogue and one-liners. Hayden Christensen could have given a good performance if he was under better direction and writing. And of course, there's Darth Vader's infamous "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" scene.

The film's only redeeming values are the scene where Palpatine tells Anakin Skywalker the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise and the score by John Williams, most particularly "Battle of the Heroes" and "Anakin vs. Obi-Wan".
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This is what got me into Star Wars. I used to collect the Lego sets of the franchise from there until late high school. And I even embarrassingly enough dressed up as Jar Jar Binks for Halloween. But I was nine years back then. I was once blinded by the hype, but I changed my tune when I saw the reviews by Red Letter Media and looked up the gaping plot holes after giving up on the franchise in light of the 2011 Blu-ray release and before the Disney buyout a year later. Those gave me a better understanding on why many people make a big deal out of it.

Apart from Jar Jar Binks, which has been criticized to death as an annoying and unlikable comic relief, the film has many other problems of its own. The major flaws in the film are the lack of three-dimensional characters, the contrived screenplay and George Lucas' poor direction. And there's also the Midi-chlorians, which takes away on what makes the Force mysterious.

The only good things in the film are the pod racing sequence, the Jedi fight between Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the one music piece by John Williams, "Duel of the Fates".
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Even though Jar Jar Binks gets less screen time, what makes the film unwatchable are Hayden Christensen's wooden performance, the cringe-worthy dialogue, the lifeless chemistry and romance between Christensen and Natalie Portman, and the heavily contrived writing.
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In addition to ranking the films, I'll also be listing the worst Special Edition changes in the Original Trilogy, as of the 2011 Blu-ray edition. Most of the changes in the Prequel Trilogy are pretty trivial and has little effect on them.

NOTE: I'll post more of my detailed opinions on the OT later.

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