This is a question that has been plaguing me since Infinity War. It’s a question that I thought I would never ask myself but after years and years and years of consistently good-to-great content from the MCU it was a question I had to start honestly asking myself. But it’s a question I never answered…until now.
(This is a longread.)
Think about it. Star Wars has been wholly consistent over the past four decades. In 1977, George Lucas created an instant global phenomenon out of a film that mashed the qualities of a great fairy tale (a young boy goes on a life-changing adventure with a wizard, saves a princess, and becomes a hero) with the imagination of a sci-fi fantasy epic unlike anything else that had been created before.
Like Tolkien, he created a world with languages and creatures and characters that were as defined as historical figures, worlds, and animals in the real world. It was incredible, it was hypnotizing, game-changing, and it spawned a franchise that literally has millions of fans across the globe, me included.
A few months ago I wrote a post sharing all of the Rotten Tomatoes scores of the Marvel movies at that time. Now I’ve decided to do the same for all ten Star Wars movies. Let’s see which movies prevail and which movies the critics deem the worst in the franchise. Enjoy!
11. The Rise of Skywalker: 52%
Yep, The Rise of Skywalker sits at the bottom of this list and I’m not surprised. This movie had its exhilarating moments but it had plenty of horrible moments as well. Too many to count on two hands.
Star Wars is sophisticated. Sophisticated because it is an intricate story with seemingly labyrinthian plotlines interwoven to create this wonderful narrative. It is the reason there are so many different opinions and thought processes when it comes to the same thing we all watch.
And the reason after so many years watching it, you can discover new things whispered into the story. Lately, it has been the sacrifice of the Jedi that I have discovered is a crucial backbone to the overall plot of Star Wars and especially the soon-to-be-completed Skywalker Saga.
Keira Knightley is a distinct actress who I happen to know thanks to her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. I would love for her to one day maybe play a villainess in a Marvel movie or to return to the Star Wars franchise as a cool new character. But whatever the case, for this week’s A Movie Ranking I thought it would be fun to highlight her. Enjoy!
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales
This movie is terrible. I tried to watch it for a third time sometime last year and I couldn’t make it an hour into the film. Keira Knightley plays a cameo role in the film at the movie’s end in a touching reunion between her and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and while that was nice it’s a shame this film couldn’t be better. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Keira Knightley→
Star Wars is my favorite franchise. It holds a special place in my heart and will forever do so. The Skywalker Saga has come to an end, a lackluster conclusion at that, and now LucasFilm is trying to take us to an era of storytelling that hasn’t been breached before under the House of Mouse; the High Republic, set 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace.
New stories will be told, we will be introduced to new characters to fawn over, there will be plenty of Jedi to spare, a new evil has arrived in the form of the barbaric Nihil, and yet I’m not excited.
As someone who loves the lore of Star Wars the main focal point I appreciate in these stories is the battle between the light and the dark, the Sith and the Jedi, the Empire/First Order vs. the Rebellion/the Resistance. The underlying current of hope and how love is more powerful than darkness.
Natalie Portman is an Oscar-winning actress who has been in my life since I was a little girl for her role as Padme in the Star Wars movies. And that’s why I wanted to highlight her for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!
7. Thor: The Dark World
If I’m being honest, I did not like Natalie Portman’s role as Jane Foster in the first two Thor films. In fact, she felt like a blot to the overall story, making her lack of appearance in Thor: Ragnarok a breath of fresh air. I’m hoping her role in Thor: Love and Thunder will be more tasteful. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Natalie Portman→