When it comes to the Star Wars franchise, there are a lot of opinions about which movie is the best. Some might argue that the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI) is unbeatable, while others might prefer the newer films that have been released in recent years. However, when it comes to ratings, there is one movie that stands out above the rest.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from a variety of sources, “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” has the highest rating of any Star Wars movie with an impressive 94% approval rating. This film was released in 1980 and directed by Irvin Kershner with a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett.
One reason why “The Empire Strikes Back” is so highly regarded is because it builds on the foundation laid by the first film in the series (now known as “Episode IV: A New Hope”) while also taking risks and expanding the Star Wars universe. The movie introduces new characters like Yoda and Lando Calrissian, deepens our understanding of existing characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, and features some of the most iconic scenes in all of Star Wars history (think Han Solo being frozen in carbonite or Luke learning that Vader is his father).
Another factor that contributes to the success of “The Empire Strikes Back” is its darker tone. While “A New Hope” had plenty of action and adventure, it was ultimately a feel-good story about good triumphing over evil. “The Empire Strikes Back,” on the other hand, ends on a somber note with Han Solo captured by Jabba the Hutt and Luke realizing that he has much to learn before he can defeat Vader.
Of course, just because “The Empire Strikes Back” has the highest rating doesn’t mean it’s everyone’s favorite Star Wars movie. There are plenty of fans who prefer other films in the series, whether it’s because of nostalgia (the original trilogy), a particular character or storyline (the prequels), or the latest special effects and technology (the sequels).
Regardless of which movie you prefer, it’s clear that Star Wars has had a lasting impact on popular culture and continues to captivate audiences with its epic storytelling, unforgettable characters, and timeless themes of hope, redemption, and the power of good over evil.