Now a nearly a month removed from its release and with the recent news of Colin Trevorrow's maybe-legitimate leaked script, the realization is finally settling in: the Skywalker Saga is done and it went out with the wettest fart imaginable.
But things aren't all bad. Because over the last forty-plus years, Star Wars has grown and evolved alongside cinema and delivered some truly wonderful films. What started out as George Lucas' dream project evolved into one of the most profitable and beloved staples of the entertainment industry this century, something for everyone to love and argue over for decades to come.
So in the spirit of love and arguing, let's take a look back at the entirety of the Star Wars franchise. From the original trilogy, to the prequels, to the sequels, to the spinoffs, this is a complete ranking of every Star Wars film from worst to best.
11. The Rise Of Skywalker
It's hard to express properly just how disappointing the latest installment in the franchise is.
A film which was supposed to serve as the culminating finale of an entire nine-film saga and forty years worth of iconic cinema wound up being unable to even be a satisfactory film in its own right, much less bring a fitting conclusion to its own trilogy or the saga as a whole. Returning director J.J. Abrams gives in to all his worst impulses and the result is not only the worst film of J.J.'s career but also the worst Star Wars film by a fairly wide margin.
Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio's writing is flat-out laughable, seemingly wasting all of their time either cheaply retreading beats from earlier in the saga or circling back around to retcon elements of The Last Jedi which they either didn't like or felt were too divisive. On top of this, Abrams' direction and the editing of the film are flat-out painful to look at.
Even sequences which should be obvious slam-dunks, like Rey and Kylo's fight in the Death Star II's wreckage, is devoid of any tension thanks to a script that fails to clearly define either of their motivations, coverage that feels oddly distant and ill-planned, and an edit that fails to build even the bare minimum amount of tension or clarity.
It's an absolute trainwreck in every way and a stain on the legacy of the franchise.