Most people I speak to, especially the older generation, my parents included; if you mention the Prequels they have every bad word to say about them.
But why? I’m 26, so these are the movies that came out when I was growing up. Why are they so bad according to other people? Let’s get into some of the responses I’ve received.
#1 Jar Jar Binks
#2 Too political
#3 Poor writing/story
#4 Hayden’s acting abilities
#5 A love story with Anakin and Padme
#6 Too much lightsaber combat
Off the top of my head there is more but I’m sure if I missed a point you would let me know.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I feel there is a million ways the Prequels could be better. I’m not saying they’re amazing, but for me, they’re nowhere near as bad as some people make them out to be.
Going off that list of 6 earlier. Fair enough with Jar Jar. Being too political is what made the Jedi fall in the end. Some surviving Jedi from Order 66 admitted they did everything wrong. The Jedi believed in democracy and had peace for hundreds of years. It’s understandable why they went down that route.
The story fell into place. As I mentioned above, I agree there’s a million different ways they could have done it but it wasn’t bad. Phantom Menace was fairly boring, but I enjoyed Attack of the Clones and absolutely loved Revenge of the Sith.
Hayden’s acting wasn’t bad. I agree with the love story, it was a bit much at times. I do especially agree Anakin’s reasoning for turning to the Dark Side could’ve been so much better.
Finally, I loved the amount of lightsaber action we got. Mostly Star Wars content nowadays doesn’t consist much of it, and I feel like lightsabers are iconic to the franchise.
The story set a precedent, and it pushed forward to Anakin’s ultimate duel with Obi-Wan. Revenge of the Sith closed the door perfectly, more so setting up A New Hope. It had a bit of everything, and nobody can be disappointed with the epic battle at the end.
Hayden was attacked so much for his portrayal as Anakin, but try and picture Anakin now without Hayden? Even in games, comics, etc it’s Hayden. I think he did the best that he could, and no way should he have been smashed the way he did.
Ewan played Obi-Wan perfectly, and how could we forget Samuel L Jackson playing Mace Windu?
So often, people look at all the negatives from the Prequels, and believe me, I know there was many, but they often forget about all the positives the movies brought.
Some fans are rarely impressed with anything from the Star Wars universe unless it’s the Prequels, or Rogue One. Mostly, everything else I always see a negative spin. Even the Sequel trilogy I enjoyed except Episode 8.
If you don’t enjoy the Prequels that’s fair enough. Some people’s reasoning is great, and that’s okay. I didn’t enjoy Rogue One as much as others did, it doesn’t make you any less of a Star Wars fan. My main point of the article is to live with them. Revenge of the Sith is a great movie. It’s definitely the best of the Prequels.