Now I’m not the type to say that you are not a Star Wars fan if you don’t like the prequels, because I believe a fan can like as much or as little of something as they want. As long as you find some enjoyable aspect about the franchise, you can call yourself a fan. But I believe that because a movie is 1-2 hours long, I would rather spend my time trying to find aspects about it that I enjoyed, rather than spending my time picking it apart and being negative. Stay positive right? Anyway, I do believe there is some ignorance in the hatred for the prequels. Before you start yelling at your computer screens, I'll just say that though there are many things I don't enjoy about the prequels (don't even get me started), these films do have some redeeming qualities. These are the aspects of the newer films that are I enjoyed equally or more than aspects in the originals:
The Action Sequences:
The Podracer Scene:
The pod-racing scene is definitely one of the most iconic moments of Episode I and of the whole franchise. What I loved about this scene was the concept. It took me back to old movies like Ben Hur with its chariot race scene. In terms of the plot, the pod race scene is central to Anakin’s story because it is what allows him to leave to train to be a Jedi. But it is also an awesome action scene.
The Assassin Speeder Chase:
The thing I loved about this sequence is that it showed the things skilled Jedi could do other than duel with a light saber. Anakin’s and Obi-Wan’s speeder chase of the shape-shifting bounty hunter, Zam Wesell, is truly exciting. It takes the concept of a cop car chase, but upgrades it with all of the technology present in the Star Wars Universe.
This gladiator inspired scene definitely sticks in my mind. I remember all three of the beasts that Padme, Anakin, and Obi-Wan had to fight, the feisty rat-cat creature that Padme climbed away from; Anakin’s angry bull-rhino that he had to rope, and Obi-Wan’s giant killer preying mantis are very interesting creatures. Seeing this entertainment style of execution really expanded my mind about the cultures and customs of other planets in Star Wars.
Opening to Episode III:
This scene was an exciting and explosive way to start off Episode III. I loved seeing R2-D2 in action and some epic spaceship battles. It made me think of the action packed commandeering in Pirates of the Caribbean. We get to see Anakin’s and Obi-Wan’s relationship and how they work together as friends and master and apprentice. This action sequence shows how big a Star Wars film can and should be. In a film like star wars I like to see exhilarating and thrilling action sequences and this scene has everything that Star Wars is known for, spaceships, light saber duels, robots, and those funny and sometimes cringe-able one liners that we have come to expect.
Any excuse to get some new John Williams tunes is a good excuse.
I thought that the politics added something that made Star Wars more of a reality. Some people probably say that the politics are boring, but I rather enjoyed what they brought to the universe. The politics showed me that Star Wars, was more than just action scenes. I enjoyed being able to rewatch the prequels and understand more and more about the downfall of the government. I loved Padmé’s line: “So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."
I loved the character of Obi-Wan in the prequels. I thought that Ewan McGregor really expanded and enhanced what Sir Alec Guinness had brought to the character. Characters in Star Wars are known for being a little bit unlikable, but I found that I really understood McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan in the Prequels and enjoyed that he one of the few emotionally strong characters.Padmé
Ok being a huge Natalie Portman fan, I might be a little biased. However, what I like about Padme, is that she knows how to kick-ass (see Episode II), but I also enjoyed that she lacked the overly snarky and bossy personality of Leia. I enjoyed her portrayal of Padme’s involvement in Politics and her kind, loving, and naive heart, which was ultimately her downfall. She does seem to be weaker in Episode III, but that is the tragedy of her story. She put to much faith in Anakin and it taught us the lesson that we need to be careful with how much faith we give.
We get to see Yoda in action. I will thoroughly miss his style of fighting in the new Star Wars films. I love how he jumps about and basically an equal match to a Sith Lord. Need I really say more? Yoda shines bright in the trilogy, which you have to admit, even if you don’t like him in CGI.
First off, the guy who plays Maul, Ray park, is awesome! There’s not really a lot to say about this double light saber’d Sith. I probably like him so much because he doesn’t say a lot. He is just a down right bad-ass and doesn’t have to explain himself to prove it. Not to mention, he is like the only guy to have killed Liam Neeson! Just saying!
So, these are some things that could help you appreciate the prequels more. We might as well embrace the prequels, because we’re stuck with them. Maybe they are not great films, but they tell an important story.
What aspects did you enjoy or dislike about the Star Wars prequels?