Perhaps it’s just two expansive and passionate of a topic to put into one thread, but I figured I’d give it a try. @moderators can feel free to rename the topic title if they feel it’s appripriate to do so.
I’ll start with this: I think the prequels need to be seriously re-examined. The criticism is far too harsh and they are far better than the general public gives them credit for
Over the past few days, I watched, as they’re titled, Episodes I, II, and III. There was quite a bit of dialogue and “set up” scenes that I had forgotten about which were well done. The actings isn’t awful, it’s just not good; average. In an earlier topic, a few members broke down their rankings of the movies, and I blieve I had Revenge of the Sith in the top 5 - I stand by that for sure, and perhaps would even move it up a notch.
The last 45 mintutes of Revenge of the Sith is so beautifully done, that if you’re as much of a SW dork as I am, it can move you to tears. The last breath of Padme, with the first breath of Darth Vader - incredible. The end shot at Tatooine, with his aunt and uncle in the iconic pose we all know Luke for - great. The music - great.
I have long held the belief, as the majority seems to, that the prequels are far inferior to the oringals, and overall “not good”. I take that back. They’re good - IMO, very good. The CGIs and the timing of their release to really hook in a whole new generation of fans can’t be under-appreciated. Will I say they’re better than the original triology? Of course not - but now mainly because it’s like trying to compare sport stars of different eras - the rules have changed.
I wonder, if 15 years from now, if I rewatch the newest releases, if I’ll feel the same way about them? I will say this: I don’t remember feeling as disappointed with the prequels during their time as I do about the FA, TLJ, and RoS - but - time will tell.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to chatting SW with many of you!
P.S. I just never did it, and I wish I had sooner, but I’m on season (edit:) 4 of the Clone Wars series - not bad!