8. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones lands at number 8 in the grand lineup of Star Wars movies, and let's just say, it's a bit like finding a spot for that awkward family member in a group photo. You know they need to be there, but it's tricky to figure out just where they fit.
Released in 2002, this middle child of the prequel trilogy tried its best, bless its heart, to lay down the groundwork for the epic and crucial next episode in a saga we all know and love. But, instead of soaring through the galaxy, it kind of stumbled on some nearby asteroid fields. The movie had a big job: to tell us how Anakin Skywalker started down his dark path, introduce us to a whole army of clones, and give us the scoop on the Republic's shaky times. It was a tall order, and well, it fell a little short. Heh.
Then there's the romance - oh, the romance. Cringey, stoically-delivered badly-written dialogue and lack of chemistry between Hayden Christiansen and Natalie Portman are only some of the things that made it hurt. Anakin and Padmé's love story was supposed to be the heart-tugging epicenter of the whole thing. Instead, it came off more like a space soap opera with some seriously cringe-worthy lines that made even the most devoted fans squirm in their seats.
And let's not forget the CGI overload. While Attack of the Clones went all-in on digital effects, it sometimes felt more like a video game cutscene than a chapter in the most epic space saga ever told. Despite its bold attempts at world-building and setting the stage for the dramatic turns to come, Attack of the Clones finds itself hovering in the back end of our ranking, trying to balance its ambitions with execution that didn't always hit the mark in the Star Wars universe.