You've gotta understand that this film was made in the early '90s. Until around the late 90s/early 2000s, Empire was generally seen as the weakest of the trilogy. Not only that, but Hope was considered the only good film of the trilogy, with Jedi and Empire thought of as being unnecessary add-ons.
especially when you put into context that it was the first movie of its kind
You're all wrong. The general consensus is that Jedi is hands down the weakest of the trilogy, but as far as A New Hope and the Entire Strikes Back it's a toss-up between those 2. Empire Strikes back has slightly more of a following, but anyone who knows there *beep* can realize A New Hope was the best - especially when you put into context that it was the first movie of its kind to pull something like that off.
Randal does a lot of things just to be a dick. But anyway, once you get past the Ewoks and the out-of-nowhere revelation about Luke and Leia there's a lot to love about Jedi. Luke stops being a whiny putz and becomes a complete badass and his arc with Vader makes the movie.
Standoff (lightsaber duel).
One thing's for sure, the special edition of "Jedi" makes the film even weaker.