Star Wars: The Force Awakens Vs The Last Jedi - Which Is Better?

It's Abrams against Johnson in a galaxy far, far away...


Believe it or not, but we're now standing at a point in cinematic history in which the last Skywalker-based Star Wars trilogy is two-thirds complete.

That's because Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally exploded into theatres across the globe, which means the world has gone into a feeding frenzy. Audiences are - rather appropriately - praising, lambasting, and dissecting each and every second of Rian Johnson's surprising new episode. Well, what else did you expect?

One of the big questions that surrounded the release of The Last Jedi centred on whether it would be able to live up to the brilliant episode that preceded it. And whilst The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, was met with overwhelming praise upon its initial release, it soon found itself fighting a backlash as the months went on. Oddly, the backlash against The Last Jedi seems to have come about even sooner.

Now that both films exist and can be viewed side-by-side, it seems like a good time to pit them against one another in an attempt to find out which episode in the third Skywalker saga is best. It's a comparison made more interesting, perhaps, given that both films currently share an identical Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%.


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.