1) The Force Awakens gave me the same fanboy feeling I got when I watched The Phantom Menace for the first time. But unlike the PT, the "fans" made it hard for me to enjoy this part of the franchise's era.
2) The Last Jedi was a good film, but it also felt a tad bit too long. And after reading how George Lucas was planning out this trilogy, I think that is my only issue with this film. Plus the same issue with the "fans".
3) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had good characters (one great) and a good job recreating the backstory behind 'A New Hope'. But I am also having a hard time getting myself to see the film for a second time.
Also, interesting tidbit. Disney does not add their label on the releases of these films. Did not realize this until just now. I am used to the original Fox packaging which included their own. :hmm:
Solo, because there were so many references to the old stuff (maybe stuff that only old EU fans would notice). Someone made sure to put some Easter eggs in there. I also really love Rogue One, mainly for the attempts to CGI Tarkin-actor Peter Cushing, and the use of old X-wing footage.
Rogue One, by a country mile. The only one of Disney's films to have been made by an actual Star Wars fan.
Solo is second, but it's such a pointless instalment that after two viewings (a record low for anything Star Wars) I have little interest to see it again. TFA is entertaining but a shocking betrayal of the OT, and TLJ is a tonally awful doubling down on that same betrayal.
I'm actually looking forward to Rogue One getting some competition.
Rogue One for me. There are no others from the Disney era I can even watch.
That being said, I really enjoyed Rogue One! I own it on Blu Ray, and have watched it a handful of times never disappointed by any of it (except the awful Tarkin CGI, but at least they tried). I even own a couple books on Rogue One and to me it firmly belongs in SW.
Rogue One is my favorite by far, but I mostly just skip to the end when rewatching it now. I'd still say it's better than the Prequels, and is a worthy tribute movie to the OT, but it doesn't hold a candle to the OT in terms of quality.
I skipped Solo in the theaters, because nothing about the film looked good to me. Eventually I got a chance to see it when a friend of mine gave me his digital code for the movie. So I didn't pay a penny to see it and was still underwhelmed. I think the cinematography being so dark makes it hard for me to maintain interest and I didn't care at all about any of the characters outside of Han Solo and Chewbacca. In fact, I found Alden Ehrenreich's portrayal of Han to be one of the least objectionable parts of the film. I have rewatched it once and am still pretty "meh.." on the entire film, but I wouldn't be opposed to a sequel now that all of the crappy characters from the first film are dead. Put Boba and Jabba in it and it becomes a definite watch for me.
I liked TFA quite a bit when I first saw it in theaters, even though I knew that I would have hated it if the film had come out in 1999. It was definitely a remake of the original Star Wars, but I liked it regardless. I was even interested in seeing how some of the mysteries presented in the film were resolved, such as Rey's parentage, some kind of explanation as to why she was so good at the Force, and where Snoke came from....
Then we got The Last Jedi. I saw it once in the theaters and haven't rewatched it since. I honestly don't care about the storyline of the Sequel Trilogy anymore and probably won't even go see Ep9 in theaters.
Rogue One I enjoy a little more each time.
Solo was fun, but shows issues with production hell. Still a good movie.
tfa I enjoyed at first but it was to much a carbon copy of a new hope. So it losing points.
As time goes by.
Tlj had a few good parts but so much more bad. Doesn’t hold up as a stand alone forget part a series.
The saga sequels suffered terribly under Disney because they didn't put someone at the helm to replace Lucas. The original trilogy was great because Lucas turned over directorship to others, giving them some free reign, but keeping them on track with his vision. Disney made the fatal mistake of turning over complete control to directors, allowing them to indulge their personal whims with the overall arc of the story. As a result RJ heavily indulged himself with his own whimsy, and then JJ had to spend half the third movie unraveling what had been done. Then as a director JJ too often pays homage & nods to the originals, which a lot of fans dislike; personally I don't mind. It would have been better all around to have JJ steer the overall story arc, since I think he at least realized the weight of the responsibility, with three different directors under him.
But to Disney... it's all about the bottom line I'm afraid.
Probably The Last Jedi, followed by SOLO, followed by The Force Awakens. I always thought Rogue One was boring and dry, and I feel like the last five minutes fooled most people into thinking it was a good movie.
The Rise of Skywalker goes on the bottom of the Disney-era movies for me - the only saving grace in that movie is Ian McDiarmid having fun in the role one more time and Adam Driver continuing to carry the trilogy.
This was literally the first three movies I watched in any Japanese movie theaters:
- The first time was in 3D, which I loved.
- The second time was in 2D.
- And the third time was in 4D, which was a first for me.
Plus both the wait and the departure for the first two times I saw this film reminded me of the days true fans went to see these films. With a touch of the days when I was taken to see Return of the Jedi on the big screen (circa 1983). Things I never get to experience here anymore.
And I also saw on it on a flight, which made those parts I missed more fun to pick up on!
Plus Solo: A Star Wars Story is more of an honorable mention. My cousin did not care that I rented the film because he did not mind being loud. The second, isolated, time I saw it I liked it. But the third time it was another fun Star Wars film.
when the question was originally asked ROS was not out yet and I voted Rogue One, but I wound up liking RofS just as much, or even more. As a ten yr old girl watching ANH in 1977, and ESB, and ROTJ respectively, it was the perfect end for the Skywalker story. I bawled like a baby watching Luke raise his X-Wing out of the water, and there could have been no more perfect ending for Leia, I would have wanted it the same even if Carrie were still alive, the perfect moment was Leia and Ben becoming one with the force at the same time.
Though I will say it was slightly reminiscent of Mara Jade disappearing at the point they finally realized it was Jacen who killed her. Either way though, ROS was perfect for me.