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Is the PT really all that bad?

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by rvtv, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. MandoChip

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    While I agree with certain complaints and criticisms regarding the PT, I think their is plenty of stuff to like, and as someone who grew up watching them, I adore them despite their flaws.

    Revenge of The Sith is so freaking enjoyable, I love that movie, I love Menace and Clones too...but to a much lesser extent.
     
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    There is alot to like, but I would say for me that the portrayal by Anakin was a real deal breaker. Hayden just never worked as Anakin for me, whether it was his acting or Lucas writing of the character. That is a HUGE obstacle to overcome for a viewer, as it's no different than not buying Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, etc, as Batman. If you can't buy Ben Affleck as Batman, it's real hard to love the newer Batman films.

    The ironic thing is that TPM has gotten alot of hate since 1999, but I think it's the movie that holds up the best of the PT simply because it's the only movie where Anakin is not the main protragonist. TPM is sort of a standalone movie (from a certain point of view) and really feels to me the one PT movie that felt like the OT in terms of style and look. I read an article years ago (I can't remember who wrote it) and they talked about how Lucas really took the criticism of TPM to heart and AOTC and ROTS are MUCH different because of that (for better or worse).

    TPM focuses more on QuiGon and really the whole galaxy and gives every one (Palpatine, QuiGon, Kenobi, Anakin, Padme, etc) equal time simply because it's setting up the narrative. The Anakin/Padme love story in AOTC and Anakin turning to the darkside in ROTS just don't work for me, and that is a big reason why those movies fall flat for me. But as I said, I respect what Lucas was trying to do in terms of his micro and macro story as it was ambitious. He was essentially telling how the Galaxy fell apart while writing the fall of Anakin, and it's much more interesting than the ST, which feels like they are just stealing every plot point from the PT/OT and mixing them up to make it seem original.
     
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    100% agree. Before the ST, I didn't really think about how wildly experimental the Prequels are. Since I grew up with the PT, I never thought it was weird that they didn't have storm troopers or TIE fighters or the old "used universe" style of the OT. The Sequels are much more what you would expect of Star Wars movies, which isn't necessarily bad or good in its own right--it just makes me appreciate how audaciously unexpected Lucas's vision really was.
     
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    Since the ST, I’m growing more and more nostalgic about the SW universe. So the PT, and especially the clone wars era, holds lots of sentimental value for me. This isn’t just for the sometimes badly written and executed, incl. blatant CGI, movies, but the era and story in itself. Meanwhile, I’m also a big fan of the CW animated TV series.

    Visiting, in whatever media, this era again is a little bit like home coming, it’s comforting to me.

    So naturally, RotS is also my favorite of the PT.
     
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    Same here dude! I really think the PT was underrated. Especially now that we see this abhorrent ST. Flying Leia? Canto Bight? Holdo maneuver? Darn man, give me the PT any day of the bloody week. :)
     
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    I'm gonna preface this with the fact that I enjoy the prequels for what they are, but here's an idea I had recently:

    The prequels are distinctly a product of their time, in a way that the OT maybe isn't, and in a way that I'm not sure we can tell if the Disney canon is yet.

    By that, I mean they have this distinctly "early 2000s action movie" feel to them mixed in with all the Star Wars bits, whereas the OT feels more timeless to me.

    Thoughts on that? Am I totally nuts, or maybe a bit on to something?
     
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