Which is the better film; Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rogue One? Which is the better film Star Wars: A New Hope or Star Wars: A Phantom Menace? A really hard one now… which is the better film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi or Star Wars: Attack of the Clones?
I saw Rogue One recently and I quite enjoyed it, probably enjoyed it slightly more than The Force Awakens. But there’s this constant comparison going on in my mind when I see a Star Wars film; Is this one better than that one, is that one better than this one? It really skews the way I experience each film. When I saw The Force Awakens, the main things in my mind were; I hope this is better than A Phantom Menace, I hope this is as good as A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back.
Neither The Force Awakens or Rogue One have lived up to my expectations, to be honest. But maybe my expectations were impossibly high. After all, when I first saw A New Hope I was a kid in the middle of a six-week Summer holiday that felt like it would go on forever; I could run a mile in my Incredible Hulk trainers without once worrying about paying my credit card bill. Back then I didn’t care whether this film was better than that film or that film wasn’t as good as this film. I just watched them and loved them. If only I could watch films that way now. Maybe I’d love them again.