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Since I have Verizon, I took the year of Disney+ for free. I've never seen any of the Star Wars movies. I have an 8 year old son and though it'd be fun to watch them with him, but I'm clueless. My question to you is, what is the best order to watch them? 

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A New Hope, Empire, Return of the Jedi, Rogue One. Eventually there will be an Obi Wan movie with Ewan McGregor so you could watch the prequels but they are entirely skippable.  

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IV, V, VI.

After ROTJ, it gets dicey - Rogue One is a judgement call on whether your kid can handle it.

After that, watch Episode I, and then maybe hold off a few years, because II and III are dark as shit.

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On November 21, 2019 at 3:33 PM, longhornmatt said:

Watch the original 3 in order.  And then after that it doesn’t really matter.

Because all the rest of them suck. 

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Having watched them all many many times, if I was going to do a marathon, I'd do R1, then 4 5 6.  The cgi to no cgi between R1 to 4 might throw someone who's watching for the first time though.  4 might look like a real dog, even though, it's probably the best one.  You just have to remind yourself it was made 40 fucking years earlier.

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and when I say all I mean 4 and 5

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On 11/21/2019 at 2:33 PM, longhornmatt said:

Watch the original 3 in order.  And then after that it doesn’t really matter.

 

Agree with all that have basically said this.

Kids do tend to like Episode 1 though, I'm sure your 8yo would.

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5 hours ago, mulletpelini said:

Having watched them all many many times, if I was going to do a marathon, I'd do R1, then 4 5 6.  The cgi to no cgi between R1 to 4 might throw someone who's watching for the first time though.  4 might look like a real dog, even though, it's probably the best one.  You just have to remind yourself it was made 40 fucking years earlier.

And, hey, if you really like Episode 4 but would prefer if they remade it with brighter colors, better effects, and used Ctrl+F to replace all instances of "Rebellion" with "Resistance" and "Empire" with "First Order", then TFA will fulfill your needs nicely.

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On 11/21/2019 at 4:08 PM, atomheartbevo said:

IV, V, VI.

After ROTJ, it gets dicey - Rogue One is a judgement call on whether your kid can handle it.

After that, watch Episode I, and then maybe hold off a few years, because II and III are darkdumb as shit.

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5 hours ago, aggie08 said:

And, hey, if you really like Episode 4 but would prefer if they remade it with brighter colors, better effects, and used Ctrl+F to replace all instances of "Rebellion" with "Resistance" and "Empire" with "First Order", then TFA will fulfill your needs nicely.

Also if you didn't like the happy ending and fulfilling character arc resolutions of Episode 6 it does a proper job of fucking them all up.

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If you want your son to have the authentic experience have the kiddo watch IV, V and VI.  Then let a few years pass and go to Disneyland, DisneyWorld or any other location where you can find Disney characters.  Find the Mouse and ask him to kick your son in the balls repeatedly.

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I don't believe in Machete order for people that are brand new to the franchise, and especially young kids.  Each movie released, builds on the universe and presupposes at least some knowledge of the movie(s) made before, regardless of their chronological order in the universe.  Machete order also eliminates Episode 1 which is actually the best among the prequels for young kids.  I'm not saying it's good, but young kids love it.  They love the pod races, they love young Annakin, and they even-- God help them-- love Jar Jar.

Release order is the correct order for folks who've never watched any of it. With the caveat that if you wanted to throw in Rogue One after ROTJ and before TFA, that's fine. 

I've seen people object to release order because it might confuse kids with the way it jumps around.  All I can say is, those kids must be really stupid.  My kids first saw 4-6 and 1-3 in release order when they were maybe 4yo and 6yo?  And they "got it" just fine.

Just my opinion of course.  :)

 

Edit: (I'll also add that after they saw 1-3 a couple of times each, ,my kids (now 12 and 10) never, ever ask to see them again.  They ask for 4-6, and R1 all the time, and they also like 7 and 8.  But the prequels, not at all)

 

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I recommend double checking the Last Jedi thread or whatever the title of the last movie was with a thread on this board. Any poster at any point in that thread defending that movie should be downvoted, disregarded and put on ignore. It is Battlefield Earth-level, worst-movie-of-all-time bad and just another example of the Star Wars franchise taking its fan base for granted and visually raping them in the process. 

Also, while the most recent fanraper of a movie set a new standard, episodes 1-3 are also some of the worst tripe ever put on a screen. They are not defensible as a story in any manner and the only people who ever attempt to do so are bulletin board dipshits that would be too ashamed to take the same position in a personal setting. Hayden Christianso/en pulls off one of the greatest performance art pieces in the history of entertainment in episodes 2 and 3 with an Andy Kaufman-esque troll job where he attempts to ruin every scene involving his character in a way that hilariously and irrevocably destroys the franchise’s entire legacy. 

Correct order is 4-6, Rogue One, and frankly, for the non-Star Wars normal viewers, Solo is just fine. The “canon” snobs and dorks will howl about that for whatever reason, but it’s worth the watch. Rogue One is the best of all of them and holds up as a fucking great movie irrespective of being anchored to the rest of the overrated mediocrity that is “Star Wars canon”. 

If you don’t like your kid and want to ruin movies for him, you could also subject him to bingewatching a Star Wars prequel followed by Transformers 3, then another SW prequel followed by Transformers 4 and so forth. My understanding is that this is how the Chinese are currently torturing dissidents for information before sending their then mind-jellied, limp bodies off to padded rooms in the nuthouse to live out the rest of their sad lives. 

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I recommend double checking the Last Jedi thread or whatever the title of the last movie was with a thread on this board. Any poster at any point in that thread defending that movie should be downvoted, disregarded and put on ignore. It is Battlefield Earth-level, worst-movie-of-all-time bad and just another example of the Star Wars franchise taking its fan base for granted and visually raping them in the process. 
Also, while the most recent fanraper of a movie set a new standard, episodes 1-3 are also some of the worst tripe ever put on a screen. They are not defensible as a story in any manner and the only people who ever attempt to do so are bulletin board dipshits that would be too ashamed to take the same position in a personal setting. Hayden Christianso/en pulls off one of the greatest performance art pieces in the history of entertainment in episodes 2 and 3 with an Andy Kaufman-esque troll job where he attempts to ruin every scene involving his character in a way that hilariously and irrevocably destroys the franchise’s entire legacy. 
Correct order is 4-6, Rogue One, and frankly, for the non-Star Wars normal viewers, Solo is just fine. The “canon” snobs and dorks will howl about that for whatever reason, but it’s worth the watch. Rogue One is the best of all of them and holds up as a fucking great movie irrespective of being anchored to the rest of the overrated mediocrity that is “Star Wars canon”. 
If you don’t like your kid and want to ruin movies for him, you could also subject him to bingewatching a Star Wars prequel followed by Transformers 3, then another SW prequel followed by Transformers 4 and so forth. My understanding is that this is how the Chinese are currently torturing dissidents for information before sending their then mind-jellied, limp bodies off to padded rooms in the nuthouse to live out the rest of their sad lives. 


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1 hour ago, NotActuallyALonghorn said:

I'd throw Solo in there somewhere after 4-6 as well. It really doesn't add anything, but it was a fun movie that didn't do well because of being released so closely after The Last Jedi.

Disagree. Solo might be the worst all around film out of all of them. 

I'd watch 4, 5, and 6 because they are great and are the reason the franchise exists. 7 because it's good and shows you what has been going on with characters from the original series. Rogue One because it's also very good. 

Skip 1, 2, 3, 8, and Solo. All garbage. 

I know someone did the Phantom Edit a long time ago that was pretty decent. I wish they would take a stab at cutting the entire prequel trilogy together into one decent film. 

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The sequel trilogy is superfluous. Only watch it if your kid can't get enough of Star Wars. And this is coming from someone who thinks they're not as bad as others on here. Instead, watch the Mandalorian. 

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13 hours ago, FondrenRoad said:

7 because it's good and shows you what has been going on with characters from the original series. 

Disagree on it being good. Check out the wiki synopsis if you're just dying to know what's been going on with characters from the original series, imo. I don't think the answer is very interesting either, so you can skip the wiki synopsis as well. 

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