New Documentary Aims to Figure Out Why We All Hated the Star Wars Prequel Movies

Monday, 08 August 2016 - 2:55PM
Star Wars
Monday, 08 August 2016 - 2:55PM
New Documentary Aims to Figure Out Why We All Hated the Star Wars Prequel Movies
"Nobody hates Star Wars like a Star Wars fan." Thats the general sentiment being explored in the trailer for a new documentary that investigates George Lucas's Star Wars prequels and the reasons for fans' vitriolic response to them. Featuring interviews with numerous experts ranging from geek icon, Kevin Smith, to Fon Davis, a production designer on the Star Wars prequels and a regular guest on Outer Places' Science of Star Wars comic con panels, 'The Prequels Strike Back' takes an incredibly detailed look at Episodes 1-3 and their journey to becoming some of the most divisive movies in all of fandom.



It's an interesting time to be diving into this subject matter. In most circles, the sentiment towards movies like The Phantom Menace has cooled now that we've all had a decade or so to reflect on it. While there aren't many who will turn around and say that Episode 1 was a classic, more and more Star Wars fans (myself included) are able to recognize the movie's various merits. Was there far too much Jar Jar Binks? Of course there was. But that massive negative was off-set by the introduction (and unfortunate death) of one of Star Wars' most iconic villains, as well as memorable performances by both Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson. Similarly, Revenge of the Sith is now widely looked upon with a positive light, with many ranking it as one of their favorite Star Wars movies.

As Kevin Smith points out in the trailer for the documentary, there is now a whole generation of Star Wars fans that grew up with these prequels and don't have anything close to the negative view we older fans have of them. So, are the prequels really that bad, or are we all just a bunch of insufferable, entitled jerks?

The Prequels Strike Back is released on digital platforms on September 14th 2016. You can find more info on the documentary at Prequelsstrikeback.com.
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