Your number one fan Travis Oscarson here from Fan Reviews. Today the FORCE is strong! We’re counting down my top three favorite Star Wars movies. This is a franchise that has a special meaning to most of us. The good, and the bad… Jar Jar Binks. For me, I love them all, even with some flaws… Solo. Let’s get started with the countdown! Coming in at number three is…
3. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
George Lucas changed the world with this one. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) will forever be part of pop culture history. I’ve seen A New Hope many, many times over the years and no matter what age I am, it always makes me feel like a kid. It’s got a classic story, epic action scenes, and a young Lucas at the top of his game. Just the score alone by John Williams takes me to that magical place.
Let’s move on to number two…
2. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
For most, this one would be closer to the bottom of Star Wars movies. Not for me. When Yoda started flipping around while fighting Count Dooku I was jumping out of my seat with glee.
The action scenes are so creative, innovative and massive in scale. Yes, there’s an awkward love story with Anakin and Padmé, and some of the acting is just plain awful. But Lucas listened to the critics and fans, and fixed some major problems that Episode One had. Like a lot less and a more toned down Jar Jar. Attack of the Clones is an adventure I can watch all the time and be entertained.
Now it’s time for number one…
1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
I think we can all agree that this is by far the best written and well made Star Wars movie out of all of them. Irvin Kershner masterfully directed Empire to perfection. It’s dark at times, action-packed, the love triangle between Luke, Leia (his sister), and Han is endearing, we met Lando for the first time, and Empire Strikes Back is so quotable!
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
I wouldn’t change one thing about The Empire Strikes Back. The FORCE is strongest in this Star Wars classic.