Star Wars! One of the best (if not the greatest) film creations of all time, but with opposition in all things, the best franchise also had one of the worst downfalls in movie history, and it started in 1997. Although signs of George Lucas’s corruption was creeping through Return of the Jedi with the ewoks, the bad decisions truly began with the release of the Star Wars Special Edition. Praise can be given to Lucas for wanting to make Star Wars a higher quality film but as soon as new scenes and voice overs were thrust into these amazing movies, the quality of filmography was taken. Not to mention HAN SHOT FIRST, and even that was taken from us in the release of these adaptations.
Despite the changes made to the Original Star Wars, they are still high class beautiful Movies, and what else would we expect from Lucasarts. They would never disappoint us with crappy CGI, idiotic comedic relief, or worst of all a boring cringe worthy script… Thence the Phantom Menace was born. What should have been the greatest thing since The Empire Strikes Back, that tells us the story of the great Darth Vader before he became corrupted, ended up telling us the story of an annoying little boy who grows up to become even more annoying and then kills children. That’s What Star Wars became. Nothing that we liked from the original Star Wars, was put into the prequels. Awful actors awful script writing. The Phantom Menace gave us disappointment; Attack of the clones made a disgusting love story, and Revenge of the sith tried to revive what was already dead.
Even if the prequels are mediocre and have a lower quality than what movies should be held at in general, I still have a biased love for them just because of the name on the movies. As much as I hated what George Lucas did to the franchise, the prequels introduced new characters, new canon, a fantastic theatrical score, new video games and TV shows; all of which I’ve come to love. In the midst of all the fancy flipy lightsaber duels, and all the plot conflicts, I can still find enjoyment in the simple minded puke that is Star Wars episodes 1-3. Hopefully The Force Awakens can give not just me but all fans something easier to swallow.