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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

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Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  853 votes / 2%
Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  372 votes / 1%
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  981 votes / 2%
Episode IV - A New Hope
  6773 votes / 19%
Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  13895 votes / 40%
Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
  3910 votes / 11%
I don't like any of them
  3490 votes / 10%
Episode VII - Rise of the Lens Flare
  3759 votes / 11%
34033 total votes.
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @11:37AM (#46929279)
    I voted for the Phantom Menace just to upset the die hard Star Wars fans...
  • Episode V! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrYingster (594507) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @11:37AM (#46929283) Journal
    At the time of writing this, there are 0 votes for any of the prequel trilogy! That's what I would have hoped for, but not what I expected. Of course, then I noticed that only 19 votes had been cast... Episode 4 was amazing because it was such a well-executed, new idea. Episode 5 was amazing because of the actors' chemistry, the additional special effects, and the twists and surprises. The rest are just money-grabs...
    • by gman003 (1693318)

      All of the movies were money-grabs. Hope, Empire and (to a lesser extent) Jedi were good movies regardless, but they were just as money-grabby as the prequels.

    • by Scowler (667000)
      Rotten Tomatoes agrees. Going by RT, the order is V IV III VI II I (from best to worst. And Clone Wars waaay worse than all of them.)
      • by geekoid (135745)

        "And Clone Wars waaay worse than all of them."
        Well, clearly you opening can't be trusted. :)

    • Star Wars wasn't great; but it was probably the most well-executed en media res piece I've ever seen in theater. En media res is difficult: most jump right into a disconnected story, dumping you into a rolling sense of action without a sense of purpose (see: Battlefield Earth). Star Wars opened Episode 4 (and Episode 1) in a tense situation with clear, readily-understood motives.
      • probably the most well-executed en media res piece I've ever seen in theater.

        compared to what?

        I can't *disagree* that what you stated is your opinion...but I just don't see how your comparison is meaningful

        How many movies have you seen that start 'en media res'? Battlefield Earth doesn't count really b/c no one defends that movie.

        'en media res' is really, really easy if your "good guys" and "bad guys" are simplistically drawn Star Wars characters

        I guess my point is, I don't know why what

  • you're our only hope.
    • by jerpyro (926071)

      {Ep 1-3} to {Ep. 7-9} isn't going to be any different with Disney bankrolling them. They're still going from suck to blow. //sorry, I had to :P

      • by Scowler (667000)
        A big question here is what rating will Disney aim for? PG or PG-13? Who is the target demographic this time around?
        • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

          I'm amazed that Jedi is rated U in the UK (universal, suitable for all ages). Leia's modesty is only slightly preserved by shadows and the poor quality of the film stock. Plus lots of people get shot, cut up and eaten. There is slavery, executions, cute furry things dying.

          We seem to have become more conservative since then.

  • by OzPeter (195038) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @11:45AM (#46929397)

    When I saw Star Wars in the theatre when it was released, it was call Star Wars. None of this "New hope" BS. And it was the one where Han shot first!

    And lets also not forget Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" (which I never saw in theaters but I *have* seen)

    So get off my lawn you young whippersnappers.

    • Hidden Fortress is one of my favorite Kurosawa films. Brilliant(and funny).
    • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @12:58PM (#46930303)

      When I saw Star Wars in the theatre when it was released, it was call Star Wars. None of this "New hope" BS. And it was the one where Han shot first!

      For that reason -- seen in a theater on first release -- Star Wars is my favorite Star Wars, too. Among my friends, the question was always: "How many times have you seen Star Wars?"

      The Empire Strikes Back is the better movie for plenty of reasons (and the best of the franchise) but Star Wars, just Star Wars, is my favorite.

      • by PCM2 (4486)

        The Empire Strikes Back is the better movie for plenty of reasons (and the best of the franchise) but Star Wars, just Star Wars, is my favorite.

        I disagree. Empire is superior in various aspects (SFX wise, acting wise, mood wise) but I don't think they add up to make a better movie. I think people like it because of all the cool stuff in it (AT-ATs, Yoda, Boba Fett) but if you think about it, it kinda starts in the middle of nowhere, ends in the middle of nowhere, and the heroes lose. It's just nowhere near as satisfying as the original, if you ask me.

        Oh, and if you're an old crank like me, was your reaction to the big "revelation" about Darth Vader

        • by geekoid (135745)

          So movie are only good if the hero's win? You must hate Rocky.

          oh, spoiler.

          Empire is a story, the middle of the story, so yeah, it doesn't end. It's better acted, better written, better filmed, and better choreographed then star wars.

          "Why all the business about Luke's father being "the best star pilot in the galaxy" if from Empire onward he never pilots a single thing?"
          Because he is doing bigger things. When you grow up, some times you end up with different responsibilities

          What's all this stuff about Neil Ar

        • by Cyberax (705495)
          Don't you know, that the Evil always triumphs in the middle?
      • by Huntr (951770)

        Exactly this. I will never forget 5 yr old me and my 3 yr old brother watching Star Wars with my mom and dad in the theater back in '77. It had a huge pop culture impact on our lives. It's the movie that started it all.

        Empire is a better movie, but Star Wars has a special place in my heart.

    • by geekoid (135745)

      Hidden fortress is nothing like star wars, and in fact isn't even worth comparing.

      Well, once it became part of a multi-movie story it made sense to give it it's own name.
      And yes, I was in the theater the day it was released. all day, and the next, and pretty much every weekend until it left the theaters, months later, and Saw HIdden fortress that same summer, in a theater. Special showing in..Balboa I think? meh.

      See, I too can make irrelevant statement showing I am old but in no way adding to an argument.

    • I saw Star Wars in the theater. It had run for AN ENTIRE YEAR - from opening day - in the same theater, and I have to admit it took me that long to go see it.

      Mainstream theaters would never do that nowadays. The tiering system is pretty well defined.

      • by Scowler (667000)
        Avatar's first run went eight months. Sort of in the ballpark. Just reinforces the idea, though, that doing this requires a top 10 all time box office winner (adjusted for inflation).
    • I saw star wars and empire strikes back at a drive-in. Sadly the drive-in closed before return of the jedi was released.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      When I saw Star Wars in the theatre when it was released, it was call Star Wars. None of this "New hope" BS. And it was the one where Han shot first!

      And lets also not forget Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" (which I never saw in theaters but I *have* seen)

      So get off my lawn you young whippersnappers.

      When I watched Star Wars, the first film, I was perched in a seat with a massive bucket of popcorn in my lap (as I wasn't very tall, yet, it nearly obscured the screen, such was my love of popcorn.) When that Imperial Star Destroyer cruised "overhead" the piece of popcorn on my tongue rolled out and fell back into the bucket. I was floored by the visual effect. I think I scarcely touched the popcorn throughout the rest of the film and was surprised to find I had a bucket of popcorn at the end. Gripping.

  • I liked The Clone Wars, you insensitive clod!

    I can't even type that jokingly without cringing.

  • by Zalgon 26 McGee (101431) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @12:11PM (#46929699)

    How could this not be an option?

  • Under 20 years old youngsters don't have the same hostility for the prequels. To them, all six movies are all "old stuff". Even Episode III is almost a decade old now.
  • by Control-Z (321144) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @12:39PM (#46930043)

    The movie started and ended in an exciting way in the middle of an ongoing story. The rebels had just dealt a mighty blow to the empire but were now fleeing from the might of the empire's retaliation. The characters and special effects were developed nicely versus A New Hope. It was a fairly dark movie, the main protagonists were on the run and not in control of things. A major character loses a hand and the big fight at the end of the movie, but lives to fight another day.

    And it had AT-ATs, and no Ewoks or Jar-Jar. What's not to like?

  • Spaceballs (Score:5, Funny)

    by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @12:45PM (#46930137)

    Best Star Wars movie ever.

  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @01:59PM (#46931237)

    My fave is still the original Star Wars. It was fresh, it was new, yes, it was hokey, but it worked. Check your sophistication at the door and enjoy the ride!

    I find the prequel movies unwatchable.

    Some things never change: when The Empire Strikes Back was imminent, they re-released Star Wars in the theatres to get some buzz going. It was accompanied by a short, a trip to the Moon, assembled from NASA footage. Some younger members of the audience expressed loud displeasure at the "fake" movie. They didn't read the credits where it said "Filmed on location by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration".


  • by DarthVain (724186) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @02:16PM (#46931493)

    Was pretty darn good as I remember. Not a movie I know, but worth mentioning. []

  • New Perspective (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mx+b (2078162) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @02:19PM (#46931553)

    I recently watched thru all 6 episodes in the order they "should be" (started at Episode 1, went straight thru to 6), and I have to say that I have a new perspective on them all. It was NOT what I expected and remembered thru the fog of memory.

    • Episode 1 -- still very terrible. easily the weakest of all movies. Does a poor job setting up the story, the characters, the universe, the Force (a very vague reference to bacteria, but nothing beyond that -- what does that even mean?), everything. Not very much action; one of the "biggest" moments is the podrace which is neither in the Stars nor is it a War. Whenever a character tried to explain something, Jar Jar would appear and scream over the lines and take away focus.
    • Episode 2 -- much better than I remembered. Jar Jar is not a significant character. It actually does have a fair amount of intrigue/mystery (where the clones came from), and the battle of Geonosis is pretty decent. The main downside -- and probably why most think of it as lower than it actually is -- is the chemistry between Anakin and Padme. It's a little rushed and unnatural, but even that on a second viewing wasn't quite as bad as I remembered. It's more of a pacing issue than anything, and I think Episode 5 has a lot of the same problems.
    • Episode 3 -- I actually like what they tried to do with setting up the Jedi Council and the President/Emperor as being suspicious of each other, and tried to keep it vague who was working for who (even though we know the answer, the movie itself I think handled it well). The fighting and battles were much better, the characters finally seemed to be a lot more developed. The main part I didn't like was Anakin's turn so quickly -- again, it actually wasn't too badly done, he has a lot of good motivation if you can keep up, but its a pacing issue. Having characters like Chewbacca show up at the end didn't quite make sense with the continuity, but actually overall I thought it was a strong movie.
    • Episode 4 -- actually much weaker than I remember. Doesn't do a very good job of setting up the characters, or story. Just an action flick. Luke especially is extremely whiny. Leia and Han are alright characters, but they don't get enough screen time to develop. C-3P0 actually is like a toned down Jar Jar -- whenever someone is about to say something important, he blathers and worries about something. R2-D2 actually has more of a screen presence and personality than most of the characters. Another interesting thing I noticed is that apart from the first scene of the movie, Darth Vader does not make much of a presence; flying the fighter against Luke at the end doesn't really make him that special other than a commanding officer; he's not nearly as "scary" as I remembered. The Imperial officers actually argue with him a lot and don't take him that seriously. The Death Star being destroyed isn't any less ridiculous than the prequel.
    • Episode 5 -- After the initial battle of Hoth, which was pretty good, the action slows down a lot. This is to focus on character development, which the movie does a good job of overall. But Luke is still a whiny character (like father like son?), and Han and Leia's relationship developing is also an issue with pacing -- good presentation, but Leia suddenly liking him seemed to be just as quick as the Anakin/Padme romance. It works a little better because Leia is more expressive with her anger at Han than Padme had toward Anakin (Padme always kept composure), but otherwise I think very similar. Also, Darth Vader seems a little too much in the background of most scenes -- it's implied he does a lot, but we never see him DO it on the screen, so can't really take him seriously yet. In fact, apart from the battle of Hoth at the beginning, you kind of forget an Empire exists because the story focuses so much on following Luke and Han. That's fine to develop characters but there isn't really any sense of urgency of fighting this big empire. 3PO still annoying, R2D2 kind of bad-ass.
    • Episode 6 -- until the Ewoks
    • by caseih (160668)

      Yeah Lucas always sucked at writing dialog, especially romance scenes. I remember reading that his wife at the time rewrote a lot of the romance scenes because they were even worse in early drafts.

      • by Kittenman (971447)

        Yeah Lucas always sucked at writing dialog, especially romance scenes. I remember reading that his wife at the time rewrote a lot of the romance scenes because they were even worse in early drafts.

        My favourite... "Being with you is ... intoxicating"

        His wife must have let that one slide by...

  • Best (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @02:42PM (#46931879)

    Wrath of Khan

  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @03:14PM (#46932271) Homepage Journal

    Randal Graves: Which did you like better? "Jedi" or "The Empire Strikes Back"?

    Dante Hicks: "Empire".

    Randal Graves: Blasphemy.

    Dante Hicks: "Empire" had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All "Jedi" had was a bunch of Muppets.

  • How exactly did episodes 1-3 even make it on this list? Moreover, who in their right mind actually clicked on them??
  • by talexb (223672) on Tuesday May 06, 2014 @04:54PM (#46933651) Homepage Journal

    The summer of '77 was awesome, and the hot ticket was this new movie called Star Wars.

    I saw it from about the fourth row, looking up at a screen that was gigantic, and I was mesmerized because the special effects were so advanced for the time. The storyline wasn't awesome, but it was certainly entertaining. With Alec Guiness, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the cast, the story moved along nicely.

    Episode V was still pretty good, but I think the movies went downhill from there.

    • It came out when I was 6 or 7. It was enthralling. I wish I could re-experience seeing that movie, at that age, with having only previously seen pre-1977 special effects.

  • Seriously, the guy can't act his way out of a paper bag. How he keeps getting roles in movies is beyond me.
  • Return of the with Darth Mouse and Lord Walt [] is some epic shit.

    I can't wait to see the creativity of this in theaters. Sadly the movie could be just like it is above and I bet there will still be some hardcore nerds who will wait until 12am in line for hours to see it.

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