Star Wars The Force Awakens
Nearing the end of my rewatch of the Star Wars movies prior to rewatching Rogue One
After more recently watching the original Star Wars movies, this movie is insanely rewarding. You get to see everything you were missing. Actual acting, updated CG and the photography was amazing.
The soundtrack is more nuanced and easily better than the other 3 films but is reliant on the prior 3 films to be good (pretty much the requirement for this movie being beyond good is its reliance upon the prior films' existence).
The Storm Troopers are actually freaking scary shock troops. They are scary motherfuckers compared to the prior films. Ky Lo Ren is more ominous and displays such amazing feats of wizardry that he is immediately better than Darth Vader in the opening scene. He shows mastery beyond what is displayed in the first films.
Rei is so much better than Luke as a protagonist. She knows everything about ships and how to fly them because she's been digging around in a wasteland of empire machinery. How does Luke know how to fly? He flies a model X-wing around making mouth noises. She already knows how to wield a light saber and blasters to a degree because she is self taught using other weapons.
Chewbacca acting is better.
BB8 and droids in general are treated more like a friend / companion than a slave.
Po Dameron says he's the best pilot in the Resistance then displays why throughout all his scenes when in a cockpit.
Some annoyances are still using the old blaster sounds and jokes based on prior knowledge (explicit requirements of watching prior films).
Ky Lo Ren is better at fooling the audience into possibly coming to the light side than Darth Vader ever was.
The Empire Strikes Back
The Force Awakens (if the viewer has watched the original films)
A New Hope
Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens (if you've never seen a Star Wars film)