Disney+ Picks: April 1st – Star Wars Edition

What to Stream This Week on Disney+

Wow! So we are now locked up to protect ourselves from Covid-19. And for many it is proving to be quite a challenging time to say the least. Everything is pretty uncertain for everyone. No doubt like me you invested in yet a another streaming service! Disney+ anyone?? Yes Disney+ launched last week and has provided us with a whole array of Disney content! So I thought I would share a few picks for you to give you some inspiration for your evening watching!!

Although I am impressed with the collection so far, I have been a bit unimpressed with the lack of ‘latest’ content. So far the US have been given access to Frozen 2 before its DVD release date. And there is rumours going around that Mulan and Black Widow will have an early release onto Disney+. But no word yet on if that includes the UK too. Oh yeah, Frozen 2 won’t hit the UK Disney+ until July! Apart form that there is still some good quality entertainment already at your fingertips.

Watch Star Wars – the Fun Way!

Disney+ gives you access to all currently released Star Wars movies (no word yet on The Rise of Skywalker). I’ll keep you posted on that one. But recently I came across something that explained the right order to watch the films. Now I am no expert. So don’t get to mad if you don’t like this particular order. But I thought it would be a fun and interesting way of having a Star Wars movie marathon!

1. A New Hope (1977)

Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in A New Hope (1977).
Image Source: IMDB

Even though this is Episode 4 in the Star Wars story it was also the first film to be released. It was the film that introduced us to the world of Star Wars. And that’s exactly how the film was made, this film introduces us to everything, the characters, to the force and lightsabers. It’s the film that gets the story geared up and the best way to start your movie marathon.

2. Rogue One (2016)

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in Rogue One (2016). Watch now on Disney+
Image Source: Empire

This is the story of how the Rebel Alliance got hold of the plans to the Death Star that ultimately led to its destruction. Theoretically his film takes place before A New Hope but relies on you having seen A New Hope and knowing the backstory to understand what is going on. So why not watch them one after the other.

3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Darth Vader (David Prowse) in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Watch now on Disney+
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This sequel has one of the biggest plot twists ever and is probably arguable the best episode out of the franchise. Of course this is the next one to watch as this is the continuation of the story from where A New Hope left off.

4. The Phantom Menace (1999)

Padame (Natalie Portman), Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in The Phantom Menace (1999).
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Episode 1-3 didn’t go down to well with the fans when they were released. But these were the movies I grew up with and still found them enjoyable. Now that we have our shock twist from The Empire Strikes Back by watching the prequel episodes now, and start the story of Anakin Skywalker. You will fully prepared for when you get back to Episode 6. Think of it more as flashback scenes.

5. Attack of the Clones (2002)

Jedi fight scene in Attack of the Clones (2002). Watch now on Disney+
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I think looking back this was my least favourite Star Wars film and also trying to find a screen grab for the image above it looks more amateurish compared to the rest, don’t you think. That bright filming filter makes it look more like a video game. But it still holds important story and character developments, like Anakin’s first taste of the dark side.

6. Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) in Revenge of the Sith (2005). Watch now on Disney+
Image Source: IMDB

The final instalment in the prequel trilogy. And, spoiler alert, sees Anakin turn to the dark side and later be known as Darth Vader. This film also sees the destruction of the Republic and the Jedi and sets the story up perfectly for our next round films! Break time anyone??

7. Solo (2018) – Optional

Hans Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
Image Source: IMDB

I personally haven’t watched this one yet. But from what I hear it doesn’t give any further information to any of the existing trilogies. But it does give us a bit of a backstory on Han Solo and how he met Chewbacca and of course the Millennium Falcon. And this seemed like the best place to slot this movie into our marathon.

8. Return of the Jedi (1983)

Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi (1983). Watch it now on Disney+
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We are now back with Luke and the gang. And now that we have just watched the Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker back story. We have all the info we need to watch their final showdown. This is the final instalment of the original trilogy, there is lots of action, a second Death Star and Ewoks!

9. The Mandalorian (2019) – Optional

The Child or ‘Baby Yoda’ from The Mandalorian (2019)
Image Source: IMDB

This is one of the exclusive pieces of content that comes with Disney+. This is optional because it is a TV series and is currently being released weekly so you may choose to watch this separately. But this series takes place 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. So it fits quite comfortably between the last film of the original and the first of the latest.

10. The Force Awakens (2015)

Rey (Daisy Riley) and Finn (John Boyega) in The Force Awakens (2015)
Image Source: IMDB

So now we come to the first instalment of the latest trilogy, The Force Awakens. There has definitely been a hot and cold reception to these movies. But I personally have enjoyed them, and I’ve found they have probably been created to capture a new generation of Star Wars fans. We meet Rey who is thrust into the world of the rebellion and the First Order after meeting BB-8, a lost droid that holds a piece of the map to find Luke Skywalker. We also meet the latest baddie, Kylo Ren. A conflicted young man with a surprising background.

11. The Last Jedi

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in The Last Jedi (2017)
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With Rey feeling the force she manages to find Luke Skywalker and tries to convince him to train her. But still haunted with his failures with Kylo Ren he tries to push her away. A strange connection builds between Rey and Kylo which leads her down the path of confronting him. Meanwhile the Resistance struggle to fight off the First Order.

12. The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Rey (Daisy Riley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Image Source: IMDB

The last instalment of the latest trilogy and maybe the most criticised. And the one I’ve still yet to see. The film sees Rey embracing her new Jedi ways and Kylo struggles with his conflict. It also sees Rey’s final showdown with Kylo and the war with the First Order. This movie is not on Disney+ yet, but fingers crossed it will be soon. So instead I will put the trailer below for you to see.

I hope you enjoy, the rather mahoosive marathon. This is just a fun way to watch the franchise, I am no way saying at all this is the correct way to watch it. If you google ‘Star Wars watch order’ you will find may other ways to do so.

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I got my inspiration for this post from Pocket Lint

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