There are more than a few genuinely nice things to say about the Star Wars prequels.
For the better part of the last 20 years, the Star Wars prequels have been ridiculed by self-proclaimed film critics everywhere, and as social media has become such a prominent place for those critics to express their opinions, the general consensus over the prequels has been revealed as quite negative.
There have been plenty of jokes made through the years about Jar Jar Binks, Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker, and the usage of CGI in those films as reasons why many fans don’t put them on the same level as the original trilogy from the ’70s and ’80s.
But the Star Wars prequels are obviously integral to the story and they don’t get the credit they deserve. When loaded questions like this are asked on Twitter, it’s always fascinating to see how people respond.
Sometimes, a question like that is typically asked these days with the intent of dragging the prequels through the mud, but there are others who can provide some very important perspective and, yes — say some genuinely nice things about the prequels.
Rian Johnson drops the mic
Rian Johnson, who can relate to a lot of Star Wars fans not resonating with his Star Wars film, dropped the mic with his response to this topic.
Class was not in session for too long there. Johnson put the prequel haters to shame with that one tweet.
It’s truly remarkable what George Lucas was able to accomplish with these films, and he’s not given enough credit for his innovation in what Johnson calls a “sea” of change, which is interesting because the original trilogy is widely viewed as an incredible accomplishment in that regard.
Without the prequels, there would be no…
Darth Maul, “Duel of the Fates,” dual-bladed lightsabers, podracing, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan origin story, backstory on Palpatine, Padmé, or the epic, tragic moment between Anakin and Obi-Wan on Mustafar.
And so much more in between.
Detractors of the prequel series don’t realize how much value the prequels added to the Star Wars story, including the birth of a show like The Clone Wars, which has been a breeding ground for some of the best stories in all of Star Wars lore.
The prequels were also the launching pad for things outside of the realm of just on-screen. Without the prequels, there would be no Star Wars LEGOs.
The prequels provided such important context to the original trilogy and set up so much more fascinating storytelling for the future of Star Wars.
On a personal level
Not every Star Wars fan’s first experience with Star Wars was going to see the original film in theaters when no one knew what Star Wars was.
That was an entire generation before my own, whose first exposure to Star Wars was The Phantom Menace. I will never forget as a young kid being so enamored by the story that was told, even just through TV trailers and books and magazines before the film even came out. I remember attempting to collect every soda can with every different Star Wars character on it, all of them new and intriguing.
The costumes were stunning. The characters were unique. Everything about the resurgence of Star Wars in the late ’90s is what led to my obsession with the franchise in general. For that reason alone, the prequels hold a special place in my heart. They are irreplaceable pieces of my childhood.
For me, the prequels don’t need to be validated as great films in terms of the way the story was told, whether it was done the right way or the wrong way. Lucasfilm is building off of these stories and even re-writing them in some ways (hello, Darth Maul resurrection).
Even if these movies aren’t flawless, they are timeless and beautiful pictures of the wild, crazy imagination of George Lucas, which inspired me and many others to explore how creative we can be as well.
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