Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Review
Updated: Jul 7
In the next step of Star Wars review comes the Prequel Trilogy.
I remember I had written about this years ago so i will refer you to the article as it perfectly sums up my thoughts. Read it here
What has to be said in favour of the prequels over the new trilogy is that it tries to create its own characters and lore (whether it is welcomed by fans or not) while the new trilogy picks up most of its positive points from nostalgia.
I also mentioned how the new trilogy was lacking in memorable lightsaber fights but the Prequel trilogy has two stand-outs. The battle with Darth Maul and the battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin are two iconic battles. The battle with Darth Maul is probably the best choreographed but the battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan has the dramatic setting with lava all around which makes it visually appealing.
The dialogue in the first two movies in particular are quite weak and clunky but Episode III: Revenge of the Sith fixes a lot of this (with the exception of "in my view, it is the Jedi who are evil") and feels the closest to capturing the feel of the original movies. No matter what people think of the prequel trilogy, the final episode feels like a fitting end.
The absolute weakest part of the entire trilogy is the love story that plays out in Episode II between Anakin and Padme which sees them spending most of the movie going on picnics in sunny fields. This was the only thing I completely disliked rewatching the movies and I don't know why I wouldn't have also disliked it as a child too. If i said the middle film of the new trilogy could have been cut down to ten minutes, the same is proabably true of the middle movie in the prequel trilogy.
Obi-Wan and Palpatine are the two characters who bring the most to the trilogy in terms of their actions and each actor's performances which can elevate the overall experience of watching each movie.
I think the prequel trilogy deserves more respect for not clinging to what made people love the original trilogy and for mixing action with politics. They are not perfect movies but I don't understand how people can watch them and say they are not fun to watch. They are fun to watch if you don't overthink it but that isn't an easy thing for hardcore Star Wars fans to do.