Given that today is officially Rogue One day, it seems only right to pop the question: what's the best Star Wars film in the franchise?
Anyone with a modicum of sanity isn't going to recommend episodes one, two or three, except for that bloke at the New Yorker. And while The Force Awakens put the franchise back in a good place, it probably didn't actually do anything interesting enough on its own, at least not when it was so preoccupied with fan service and setting the scene for the next decade.
For me, it comes down to two: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
The action scenes, and the last half, of A New Hope are probably the best the Star Wars franchise still has to offer. But as for a narrative arc that you get engaged with, plot points that make you sit up and pay attention, you really can't beat The Empire Strikes Back. And it also does the best job of illustrating the power divide between the Rebels and the Empire; it's perhaps the only time where the Empire actually feels like an oppressive force.
What do you think? What's your favourite Star Wars film to date?