How to watch the Star Wars movies in the right order

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Unsheathe your lightsabers – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is hitting theatres on 19th December 2019. The ninth movie in the sprawling Star Wars franchise marks the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, which is comprised of three trilogies spanning the interval between 1977 and 2019.

However Star Wars, very like the galaxy itself, is an ever increasing universe. Since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney in 2012, two prequel/spin-off movies have been launched (Rogue One and Solo) and The Mandalorian dropped on Disney +, marking Star Wars’ dwell motion TV debut and the start of Child Yoda memes.

So, with so many new releases, plus the unique trilogy and prequels to contemplate, what is the greatest order to rewatch the Star Wars movies in? Nicely… it relies upon.

What order ought to I watch Star Wars in?

Although some sources declare there are up to 5 totally different orders you might watch the Star Wars saga in, there are two usually accepted methods to do it. One is in order of episodes (following in-movie chronology) and the different is in order of manufacturing (going by launch date). Each have their professionals and cons.

Watch Star Wars by episode order

  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rogue One
  • Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again 
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens
  • Episode VIII: The Final Jedi

When you select to watch Star Wars in this order, you’ll be fully caught up forward of Rise of Skywalker’s launch. It does, nonetheless, include a few downsides. For one, the huge reveal about Luke’s parentage (certainly one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic historical past) is ruined this fashion.

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith

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It additionally makes the saga’s inconsistencies obviously apparent, together with Obi-Wan forgetting about Leia’s existence regardless of being current at her start. And that’s assuming you make it via the divisive prequels, a feat which may require you to use the Pressure.

Watch Star Wars by manufacturing order

  • Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again 
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rogue One
  • Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens
  • Episode VIII: The Final Jedi

Having fun with Star Wars by launch date, aka the purist manner, means you watch the movies in the identical order they initially got here out in cinemas. In spite of everything, that is how most Star Wars followers skilled the intergalactic saga in the first place. Nonetheless, George Lucas made various tweaks to the unique trilogy following the launch of the prequels, and has been vocal about watching them by in-movie chronology as a substitute.

The place can I watch the Star Wars movies?

Subscribers of NOW TV can watch the unique trilogy (Episodes IV-VI), the prequels (Episodes I-III) and Solo on the streaming service.

As for Rogue One and Episodes VII and VIII, they’re solely accessible to purchase from the common channels – >Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. That’s probably to change when Disney+ launches in the UK on 31st March 2020.

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