I put together a little viewing party for the Blu-Ray editions of the latest releases of Star Wars. The Star Wars prequels were on my list of movies to see. I’ve seen The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones once in theaters, but that’s all.
The Phantom Menace isn’t nearly as bad as I recall it being. It’s still pretty bad, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve seen in the second half of my life. That’s reserved for Attack of the Clones. The Phantom Menace might have been full of plot holes, Jar Jar Binks and inconsistencies from the first trilogy, but Attack of the Clones was slow, full of terrible acting and pointless plot points.
I found myself continually stating “No, THIS is the worst acted scene in all of the Star Wars movies when Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen were in the same scene together. The whole thing is contrived from the top down. Here and there, an action scene is thrown in purely to appease children watching the film. If you haven’t seen the Red Letter Media Attack of the Clones review, now is a good time to watch it.
Revenge of the Sith was much better than I imagined it would be. Hayden Christensen is still terrible in it, but the story flows much better than any of the previous films. If anything, it resembles The Empire Strikes Back more than Return of the Jedi for thepacing of the film.
In the end, I’m happy to have finally seen all of the Star Wars films, and it was better to have experienced them all in one sitting. I’ll probably watch Revenge of the Sith once more without clouding my judgement of the film with the first two abominations.
- The Empire Strikes Back
- A New Hope/Star Wars
- Return of the Jedi
- Revenge of the Sith
- The Phantom Menace
- Attack of the Clones