TMC decided for a chronological approach to history (from I to VIII).
Update of November 2, 2020: TMC rebroadcasts from this evening all the episodes of Star Wars , from I ( The Phantom Menace ) to VIII ( The Last Jedi , recently passed on TF1) at the rate of one film every Monday . The opportunity to republish our subject devoted to the ideal viewing mode of the saga. In what order should we watch Star Wars? At the exit of the seventh part, Quentin Tarantino, John Boyega, Ron Howard or Jon Favreau had given their point of view on the question.
News of December 14, 2015: Two days before Le Réveil de la Force, how (re) see the Star Wars saga? Luxury guests give us their opinion.
That’s it. Only two more sleeps before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens . Before the French release of Episode 7 on December 16, it’s the home stretch to remake the first six original films. How to see them again? In which order ? How to manage the prelogy? Here is a quick guide to the different methods used in the Galaxy, with some choice guests like Quentin Tarantino, John Boyega, Ron Howard or Jon Favreau.
The Phantom Method
There is a shorter edit of Episode I released in 2001 called The Phantom Edit , which attempts to improve The Phantom Menace . The voice of Jar Jar Binks has been remade, the political scenes have been stripped down, etc. Lucasfilm enjoyed the film and never threatened creator Mike J. Nichols with legal action. A shame. Since the release of Revenge of the Sith , we call “Phantom Edit” the assembly of the films of the prelogy in a single footage. There is a lot that opens on the fight between Darh Maul, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.
The numerical method
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. In short, see them in the order of their numbers. Not so stupid: Linking Revenge of the Sith with A New Hope allows you to thread two good films in a row. And to capture in a dizzying instant the whole story of George Lucas.
The Amish Method
Limit oneself to the vision of the original trilogy. The prelogy? What’s this ? Some purists even take Return of the Jedi off the list. Others remove the first film and only watch The Empire Strikes Back . They feel a bit lonely. The story is also told of homes where parents have forbidden their children to watch the prelogy since birth, as in a M. Night Shyamalan film. Anguish.
The reassembly method
On the net, some fans with too much time at their disposal offer their “ideal” montages of the films of the prelogy, considered globally as shit and thus allowing to trample the vision of George Lucas. In 2012, actor Topher Grace presented a cut of the prelogy in one 85-minute film (titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back ), with the best (according to Topher) moments from Episodes 1, 2 and 3. Why not, but it mostly means 1h25 of grueling lightsaber fights with scenes of space fights in between for a breath.
The machete method
4, 5, 2, 3, 6. Pardon? Clearly, that means starting with A New Hope , continuing with The Empire Strikes Back , then inserting Episodes 2 and 3 like a big flashback between The Empire and Return of the Jedi , from the moment we learn that Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker. The Americans call it “The Machete Cut”, inserting the two films into the first trilogy like a machete cut. It’s pretty funny, it holds together in terms of script, but given the size of the chasm (in terms of technique and atmosphere) between the prelogy and the trilogy, it should be handled with care. And, of course, that means skipping Episode 1 altogether.
The silent method
It is a question of watching the prelogy without the sound (in a version nicknamed Mute Edition), just with the soundtrack of John Williams in accompaniment. It’s not so stupid: most of the dialogue in the prelogy is appalling, unlike the music of Master John, which is constantly sublime. And that ties in with Lucas’ experimental ambition when he was a student at UCLA.
The simultaneous method, split-screen version
A video that offers to watch the six films at the same time, in the same frame, in split-screen. It’s the lazy method (it lasts 2:22) and it allows for funny (?) Parallels between the films: Palpatine appears at the same time in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones , for example.
The simultaneous method, transparent version
The editorial staff’s favorite. The six films are projected simultaneously overlaid on a video. Even the sound is mixed. From the start, with the six 20 th Century Fox fanfares echoing in your eardrums at the same time, you know you are embarking on a total sensory trip lasting 2:22. The consumption of drugs is strongly discouraged during this time, young Padawan. The cross-images of the six films may well result in psychedelic compositions of terrible beauty and poetry, you are challenged to hold on to the end. We did not succeed.
The chaos method of John Boyega, stormtrooper on call
“Watch the movies in any order you want. You’re free!” This is how one of the new heroes of The Force Awakens advised us to remake Star Wars. It must be said that he has never seen them in theaters – not even the prelogy, when he was seven years old when The Phantom Menace was released in the cinema (in 1999, therefore). John was watching his Star Wars on VHS. “The Force Awakens will be my first Star Wars on the big screen …” Luck.
Iron Man and #Chef
Jon Favreau’s special recipe Jon Favreau has a quirky and interesting take on how to see Star Wars . “I have been on the set and I can tell you that JJ – who is a very good friend – really wants a film that is a fresh start,” Jon explained to us. “I don’t want to be spoiled, I haven’t seen any teasers or trailers … I tried to reproduce the state of mind I was in before seeing the very first film: without knowing anything at all . If The Force Awakens works the way JJ wants it to, you can watch it without having seen ANY of the previous movies. ” Jon’s ideal recipe would be to see Star Wars 7without having seen ANY Star Wars movie before. Difficult, but not impossible. The Star Wars Virgins as the Anglo-Saxons say would therefore be the ideal spectators of Episode 7. Afterwards, they are free to choose one of the methods proposed in this article and may the Force be with them.
The wise method of Ron Howard, old buddy of George L.
“I would say you should see the films in the order of their conception. 4, 5, 6, then 1, 2 and 3. As George did” Ron Howard told us during the promo for Heart of the Ocean . “I think the first three films have a very peculiar rhythm, a very touching humanity, which introduces you well to the universe of Star Wars.” Thanks, Ronnie, but the recipe is not recommended for frail people. To chain the current version of Return of the Jedi finale (with horrific late pop-rock music and CGI inserts) with the endless start of The Phantom Menace is quite a test.
Quentin Tarantino’s “to the Ewoks” method: two and a half films
The director of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill (which opened with a Klingon quote from Star Trek, remember) has his own way of reviewing Star Wars . Cut Return of the Jedi and omit the prelogy. We asked him the question this weekend during the promo of 8 Salopards , and here is his answer as it is – necessarily Tarantinesque:
“Already, I’m not looking at the last ones, there, those which were made 15 years ago. So, the order for me is: Star Wars (episode 4, Editor’s note), then The Empire strikes back and … that’s it! Ahahaha! That said, I like the beginning of Revenge (sic) of the Jedi, the whole time at Jabba … “
-So you stop him along the way?
-Just before the Ewoks, yeah! “