I am done watching the films in story-chronological order! Here is my ranking of the 8 Skywalker films and 2 side story films, which I'm sure nobody will agree with:
Ep5 > Ep4 > Ep6 > Ep7 > RO > Ep8 > Ep3 > Solo > Ep1 > Ep2.
Breaking it down a bit:
Ep5 > Ep4 > Ep6 - because the OT films are the best of all them. Unbeatable. Ep6 ROTJ is an 8.5/10 film, not quite up there with Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back - both of which are 10/10 excellent films.
Next I list Ep7 The Force Awakens which I rate as an 8.5/10 film overall. Despite mirroring Ep4: A New Hope story points: a desert planet with a force sensitive new person, and a cantina scene, and a new planet-killing "Death Star" type of weapon, a new "Empire" and a new "Emperor" , and even a trench scene ... despite what it looks like when written down, I think JJ Abrams and crew did a nice job bringing back the SW feel and making it all seem familiar, but not really the same story at all. Plus we got to see Han, Leia, and briefly Luke 30 years after ROTJ! John Williams introduce new themes here, including Rey's theme which I love. Ep7 TFA is the best of the not-OT films.
Next I listed Rogue One. I like the film, I'd rate it 8/10. It has an awesome final battle, the first Darth Vader scenes since 1983 ROTJ, and reanimated Tarkin which I greatly enjoyed. I can't rank it too high, since without the OT already existing, Rogue One wouldn't be so great to me. It fits right into the OT feel, it adds to the Death Star / Rebels story, it fleshes out Vader and the ruthless Grand Moff Tarkin too. Its a great and fresh film.
Next I listed Ep8 The Last Jedi. I like the film, I'd give it 7.5/10 overall, but I get bored with the Finn/Rose scenes, and I don't like how the film uses Holdo and killed off Ackbar. I don't mind Snoke getting killed, I never really liked that character anyway. Poe and Finn seem less interesting than they were in TFA! Maybe the film is just too long and should have had some parts cut or edited.
Next I listed Ep3 Revenge of the Sith, a 7.5/10 film to me. It is packed with combat scenes, and even shows Kashyyk and the wookies. Although it doesn't connect with me like the OT does, it does have scenes we never got before , mostly Palpatine vs just about everybody individually, even Yoda. I love watching Ian McDiarmid chewing up his scenes.
Next I listed Solo. I enjoy the film, and it has young Han, Chewie, the Falcon, and a fantastic version of young Lando Calrissian! I would rate it 7.5/10 overall. But despite Han and Chewie and even Lando, this film feels the least like a Star Wars film to me. Especially with Woody Harrelson and The Vision and that G.ame-of-Thrones actress in it. So I didn't rank it that high on my SW list. Fun to watch, but not memorable to me.
Next I listed Ep1 The Phantom Menace. Like Ep7 about 15 years later, TPM brought back the familiarity of SW in a decent way, starting with 2 Jedi and lightsabers. Darth Maul is the best not-Vader Sith who ever could have been imagined! His athleticism and attacks , and appearance, are a treat to watch while the swelling music of Duel of the Fates is playing. Other superb characters are Liam Neeson as Qui-Gonn and introducing Ewan McGregor as young Obi-Wan . I liked seeing Tatooine and Jabba again, and the Pod Racing sequence is thrilling. I'd rate TPM 7/10 as a film.
Finally, Ep2 Attack of the Clones (easily the worst of all them), perhaps a 6/10 film. AotC has some enjoyable scenes like all SW films, but a lot of bad scenes that weigh the film down; usually as soon as Anakin and Padme start talking, I click the Fast Forward button until the next scene appears, making it a much more enjoyable movie.
I guess I really don't like the Prequel Trilogy films as much as the other ones. One of the reasons is that George Lucas relied on CGI too much and you can see it. Another reason is the dialogue is often bad. I think Lucas has great ideas, but it seems he wasn't the best director, perhaps? In hindsight, I think only 2 PT films were needed. Or, we could have gotten to know the other Jedi a bit more over the course of the 3 films before they are all wiped out. Or, Darth Maul could have, you know, NOT been killed off so quickly? Well, I have to watch Episode IX and then re-evaluate the PT against the entire Sequel Trilogy.
Next up on my Episode IX Star Wars binge: more video-games, and The Mandalorian to watch!