The Prequels: A Misunderstood Masterpiece

The Prequels: A Misunderstood Masterpiece

Andrew Dully, Writer

More than any other movie franchise, Star Wars is without a doubt the most successful, grossing billions of dollars and leaving a lasting impact on pop culture. However, something of this magnitude is bound to bring a fairly large amount of controversy with it. In the case of Star Wars, the source of endless debate and criticism is the Prequel Trilogy. Nearly everyone hates these movies, from critics to a majority of the internet, and even the actors themselves. Why is this? Is it the lackluster acting? The disgusting overuse of special effects? But most importantly, are there any redeeming factors for the Prequels? My answer is yes. Despite all the hate these movies receive, I am going to try the impossible and convince you that they are in fact good movies.

First of all, the soundtrack to these movies is phenomenal, and John Williams masterfully sets the tone for every scene. On top of this, the two main battle themes, ‘Duel of the Fates’ and ‘Battle of the Heroes’, are without a doubt some of the finest pieces of film score ever made.

The second reason why the Prequels are solid movies is the slew of new characters introduced. From General Grievous and Jango Fett, to all-time favorites like Mace Windu and Darth Maul, these movies are filled to the brim with exciting new characters that expand the universe in ways previously unimaginable.

Another minor reason for the Prequels being decent movies is the fun fight scenes. When film audiences first saw a lightsaber in 1977, everyone was instantly hooked and wanted more. Now, twenty-two years later, we finally have more, and nobody is complaining. All the lightsaber duels are well choreographed and are especially fun to watch. While they do not carry the same weight as the fights in the Original Trilogy, George Lucas still ensures that every duel in this trilogy has significance.

A major point for controversy in these movies is the acting, and I do not blame them in the slightest. From Hayden Christensen’s whiny attitude in Attack of the Clones to Natalie Portman dropping all her beliefs for the fakest love story in all of Hollywood, there is a lot to complain about. However, not all characters were acted poorly as there are many stellar performances throughout the trilogy. Ian McDiarmid’s portrayal of Darth Sidious steals the show, and one has to have respect for a character that takes so much pleasure in being so evil. Along with this, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is amazing in every way. You can clearly see that McGregor perfectly catches the essence of Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan with everything from facial expressions, speaking mannerisms, and even the way he walks! Even though some of the acting may be sub-par, one can clearly see that the entire cast was acting their hearts out, and trying their hardest to make the best movie possible.

The final and most important reason why the Prequels are good movies is the story. While everybody loves to hate the story, I for one think that the story is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Sure there are flaws, especially with the love story subplot and the fact that Anakin does not have a father, but otherwise paints an epic story showing the rise and fall of a young man who was seduced by evil at his most vulnerable moment. More than anything, the Prequels shed light on the origins of, and successfully make the audience feel sympathy for, the most iconic villain in cinema history.

An entertaining, fun continuation of the epic space odyssey, the Star Wars Prequels are a genuinely fun watch. While people love to hate these movies, I hope that I have provided insight that will help you look past the constant nitpicking and enjoy the movies for what they are. They obviously were successful; just look at how much they made in the box office! If you’re still not convinced, look at the significance of the Prequels. They ushered in a new generation of Star Wars fans. Had it not been for the Prequels, the franchise would remain forever as relics of a bygone era. With these movies, George Lucas proved that Star Wars was here to stay, and the world rejoiced. Sure, they are not the Original Trilogy, but George Lucas still did a mighty fine job continuing to build the legacy of the greatest movie franchise of all time.

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