The Star Wars Prequels Aren't That Bad
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The Star Wars Prequels Aren't That Bad

Jar Jar, Bad Acting, and George Lucas' Downfall Don't Have to Be the Only Things These Films Are Remembered For.

The Star Wars Prequels Aren't That Bad

Let's face it, structurally the Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith are not well done. George Lucas' directing and screenwriting skills have been put under heavy criticism even with critically acclaimed movies such as the original Star Wars films and Indiana Jones. Also, the acting in each of the three films is downright bland and wooden. But even with these faults, I still find myself watching these movies because I can see past their flaws and appreciate their great qualities which are often overlooked. From Obi-Wan Kenobi's portrayal by Ewan McGregor to an intricate plot that puts into perspective exactly how some villains are made, the "Star Wars" prequels offer more to fans and casual moviegoers alike than critics will have you believe.

The Music

John Williams is famous for making compositions for iconic films such as "Jurassic Park", "Jaws", "Indiana Jones", "Harry Potter", and the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Everyone expects greatness from him whenever he develops a soundtrack and he somehow managed to make the soundtracks for the three films absolutely stunning. Highlights from the movies include Duel of the Fates, Anakin's Theme, Across the Stars, and Battle of the Heroes. Some of the tracks for the films add a level of suspense and tension to scenes while other catch the emotion between characters that may not feel as deliberate through their dialogue.

The Lightsaber Duels

The Phantom Menace is worth the entire ride of dealing with Jar Jar just to watch the fight involving a young Obi-Wan, a stoic Qui-Gon, and the tenacious Darth Maul. Compared to the original trilogy, the prequels had far more superior duels. There's no comparison between Obi-Wan and Vader's clunky duel in a New Hope to the epic, nearly 8-minute, showdown that ensues at the climax of Revenge of the Sith. The fights in each of the three films are entertaining and stunningly choreographed.

The Overarching Story

While the individual plots in each film feel fluffed with unnecessary things or downright confusing (Attack of the Clones), the tragic tale of Anakin Skywalker is not only powerful but it adds even more weight to the ending of the original trilogy where he redeems himself. Unlike most generic movie villains, Darth Vader had a backstory as to how he became this cold-blooded, robotic monster. He began as an innocent boy born into slavery with aspirations of being a Jedi Knight. It was only through hubris, the death of his mother, a forbidden relationship, and manipulation by Sidious that he turned into the very thing he swore to destroy. The overall plot is rich and carries a cautionary message, people can commit horrific deeds under seemingly just causes.

Obi Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor may have been the perfect casting choice for a young Kenobi. He's one of the few characters with real personality in the trilogy and remains the protagonist you root for even when he's faced with the task of ending his former apprentice. He's the perfect blend of witty and wise, often making sarcastic comments while delivering powerful lessons to his troubled padawan. Kenobi remains my favorite character in the Star Wars universe and his appearance throughout the prequel trilogy truely complements Alec Guinness' portrayal of the aging Jedi master.

More Star Wars

This one goes out to anyone whose a huge fan/nerd like I am. The fact that the prequels provided us with three more live action films that continued to fan the flames of an expanded universe through television shows, video games and books already make them excellent. It's hard to be upset with these films when they transport you to the mythic galaxy far, far away.

As a film analyst, I find myself cringing quietly often during these films because of how poorly executed they were... but I continue to watch them in a childlike trance because they have so many great aspects to them. So why not give them a second watch? Maybe the music in the Phantom Menace will overcome the poorly placed humor of Jar Jar Binks, or the overarching plot line will captivate you enough to deal with Hayden Christenson's acting.

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