Star Wars Review Part 2 (Episodes 1,2,3)

Mike Matei / March 10th, 2009

Star Wars movie review – Part 2

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  • April 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I know you said you preferred the theatrical editions of the trilogy over the special editions, but to me, I like to think of the special editions as part of the ‘complete’ Star Wars experience. I believe what George Lucas wanted to do was to try to complete his vision of his universe with the technology that wasn’t available to him when he first made the trilogy, which is why he had a very tough time completing his 1977 classic.

    I don’t want to comment on the controversial changes, but I want to say that with the DVD set, you are really getting your money’s worth. You got the better transfer, the better soundtrack, and the best array of special features possible.

    As for the prequel trilogy, all I can say is that I would love to talk about how great the effects are but really what I think really matters as in the original trilogy is that the story always comes first. I believe the story is an important factor to this saga because it’s all about a Jedi’s journey growing up from humble beginnings to his ascent into becoming a Jedi warrior, and it works in both trilogies.

    In the prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker breaks out of Tattoine, becomes a Jedi-in-training only to find forbidden love, turns to the dark side of the force, and then becomes Darth Vader with whom I believe to be the greatest screen villain of all time and his story is well told throughout the saga. In the original trilogy, Luke goes through the same journey only has much a greater heart that his father had lost along the way. In the end, Anakin finds redemption thanks to the courage of his son. If you watch Episodes I-VI in that order, you can understand how these stories unbound and how they become one with each other.

    Overall to me, the Star Wars Saga is the best film franchise of all time due into mostly the story. I believe George Lucas is a writing genius not just because of his characters and themes but because of how he can tell a unique story in a span of six films.

  • FLGators88

    April 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    George Lucas screwed up by having Padme die giving birth in Episode 3 when In “A New Hope” Leah says she remembers her mom.

  • bombid

    April 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    i kinda think the same way…..exept i hate the first 2 prequals more. i still gets goose-hair (or whatever its called) when that dramatic music comes on, and darth vader tells luke that he is he’s father….so memorable!!!

  • denyeverything

    April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I felt the same way, except I hated 2 more (Dawson’s Creek in space) than 1 (Star Wars for kids!). Star War 1, would have been a fine sort of add-on movie. LIke “hey let’s make a side-movie just for kids.” And for that it’s fine, and I think it’s good within that viewpoint. But 2 was meant more for a mainstream audience and it just sucked. I guess if you’re a Twilight fan or something, maybe it’s “good for that audience” in the same way i feel 1 was good for a kids audience. But generally, I can understand making a for-kids movie for a larger franchise, but not a teen beat movie.

    The third, like you said, I felt it redeemed the first two movies… but it hasn’t aged well. And I think a lot of what made it good, was just how bad the first two were. If you don’t view it in the context of two miserable movies that preceded it, it’s really not that good either. It’s on par with a basically watchable sci-fiction movie and is pushed over par due to production values, but as a movie it’s really nothing more than competent.

  • killteck

    April 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    The prequels could have been better if Anakin’s life was chronicled, instead of him being one age in each movie. I know a lot was going on between episode 2 and 3, but Anakin got evil really fast in the 3rd movie. They should make CG movies from some of the good novels. Like Shadows of the Empire. All the original actors could do their own voices. That would be the much better than the prequels. James, you say you don’t care for CG effects and the like, but it would be the only way.

  • darthaxon9043

    April 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I know that a lot people dislike the prequels but I actually think that they aren’t that bad. I mean my favorite actually is Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. I just like the fact that the character that they have been focusing on this whole time is finally shown turning to the dark side and how that happens. He even sort of knew that it was wrong but did it anyway so that it makes it more complex than him just saying, “Hmmmm. I feel like being evil.” I think that the reason some people didn’t like Episode 3 is that they didn’t enjoy the first few movies and so they don’t care about the characters when bad things happen to them later.

    I don’t think there perfect but I think that they are definitely underrated. I also think that it’s stupid that when I hear the biggest complaint about the prequels about Anakin is how winy he is. I mean he does really wine a lot during this one scene in episode 2 but I didn’t think that when I first watched it so I think it’s sort of nip picking. I think it shows his immaturity, and it makes it more realistic that he would turn to the dark side later, when he gets worked up about the little things.

    The only major complaint I have about episode 3 is the end of the confrontation with Yoda and Sidious. I mean they both just fell and it was really unclear who had pushed who off or if it was equal and the strength of the attack knocked them both off. That to me is like if Rocky and Apollo didn’t get up at the end of Rocky 2 when they both fell on the mat and if they just ended it right there with no clear winner.

    When it comes the special edition in the classic trilogy I thought that the new scenes really stood out too but that the Han Solo shooting second thing wasn’t a big deal. I do think though that they changed it for a stupid reason. I mean who cares who shot first? They even had certain things in the original version that I thought was weird but that didn’t fundamentally change the movie or anything. Anyway, it sort of surprised me that you felt the way that you did, because I usually agree with what you say, but your entitled to your own opinion. Keep making great videos!

  • djdeluxe76

    April 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Awesome reviews, once again!

    I am surprised, isn’t there one super edition which combines the old versions and the new ones?

  • Superzone

    April 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I gotta disagree with James on most of his prequel talk. He seemed a bit too harsh on Episode 1 mainly. Outside of some crummy dialogue at points and, ahem, Jar Jar, I think it’s a damn good movie. Is it the worst of the Star Wars films? Yes. But it’s definitely, in my opinion anyway, one of the best fantasy/sci-fi movies of the past 15 years or so. It’s a visual treat and it really sparks your imagination. As far as Episode 2 goes, I also find it an entertaining sci-fi adventure. Natalie Portman’s and Hayden Christiansen’s performances aren’t exactly Oscar worthy, but other than that it’s a great movie. The visual effects are stunning, and the Battle of Geonosis at the end is just epic. And Episode III is just insanely awesome, easily the best Star Wars movie since Empire. I could go into great detail about how good the prequels actually are.

    Overall I think I’m a lot more accepting of the prequel trilogy because I grew up with them. I saw the original trilogy before them, but being only 8 years old when Phantom Menace came out, I grew up going to the prequel movies and I still love them to this day. They jump-started my imagination and they’re three of the main reasons I want to get into filmmaking. Of course I, like pretty much everybody, view the original trilogy as the best of the two, but I’m glad I grew up with the prequels because now I am able to love all six of the Star Wars movies equally.

  • Porkenstein

    April 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I agree with you 100% on everything you said. That’s the first time I have ever honestly been able to say that about a movie review!

  • kylenorthrup

    April 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I can’t remember much about how I grew up with Star Wars, I think my dad showed me the original trilogy befor we saw episode 1, but since I was only 6, I can’t really remember much. I remember going to see episodes 2 and 3, so I guess you can say I grew up with the prequels. Don’t send hate mail, but I always thought my least favorite movie was Return of the jedi, but I love all 6.

    In regards to your feelings on CGI, I was born in the early 1990′s, when films were beginning to move from animatronics to CGI, so I grew up with both, thus I love both.

  • Guy Montag

    May 3, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I just have to say one thing.

    James thought Ian Mcdiarmid was good in this movie? Are you kidding me?

    When he was on the ground squealing “power!!!!” and the other incessant things that he said, it was hard not to laugh at how ridiculous he sounded.

    Aside from that, his overall performance was still mediocre.

  • DRACULA1990

    May 24, 2010 at 2:27 am

    @guy montag im sorry but i agree with james. ian did a good job at acting the emperor cause u can just feel the creepiness and power flowing out of that character

  • Kickasjake

    May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    While I will admit that I-III arn’t has good as IV-VI I feel as though many of you disregard the fact the these prequels took extremely slow and in my opinion sometimes boring lightsaber battles and made them quick and much more entertaining and it is thanks to the prequels that you get to see the full power of Jedi’s while in Iv-VI you only focus on the Sith. With the exception of episode I I think every epidsode was great movie

  • Crowbar

    May 26, 2010 at 5:33 am

    That was epic. Just like the movies itself. And I still don’t have them on DVD. Why the Fuck not?

  • azhole8

    May 30, 2010 at 2:03 am

    l have to disagree with you on your thoughts of the prequels {or however you spell that). l think they were really good, with the exception of Phantom menace. it was alright, but didn’t really help the story like you said. and jar jar is just laugh-out-loud ridiculous

    episode 2 however, l feel redeemed the first one. it was cool to see where the stormtroopers came from, and to find out their all clones, which to me, makes the more menacing in the original trilogy. and the climactic battle on geonosis is just amazingly epic.

    And then, there is episode 3, which just totally completes the star wars experience. it tells about the downfall of the republic, the creation of the empire and the birth of Darth Vader all in one movie.

    and l have to disagree with you on your view of CG effects. i mean, really, is a rubber suit more realistic than a CG character. not to me. as long as you believe the character, as l do in mainly all the movies, then it works

  • Rabayn

    June 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    The original trilogy (episodes IV-VI) is truly epic. However, a good chunk of that epicness has to do with the time it was released. The effects were SSSOOO far beyond anything else at the time. The whole thing was just mind blowing.

    So, if you grew up in the late 70s/early 80s, when every stick over 1 ft. was a make shift light saber, your expectations for any new star wars film was HUGE. And we got the suckfest that is episodes I-III. It could have been sooo much more.

    Episode I: No longer is the force some sort of mystical, universal, magical energy. It is caused by a biological infection. “I have this nasty rash and it burns when I pee, but look, I can move a table with my mind!!!” The movie seemed to target the 8-12 year old demo, and every CGI character was cartoony and annoying. There is nothing redeemable about this film.

    Episode II: Entirely forgettable with some of the worst acting imaginable. The love scenes are some of the stupidest and most forced in movie history.

    Episode III: The movie overall manages an OK rating. Some really cool CGI, and it seems to “grow up” a little. The one big movie breaker is Anakin’s transition to Darth Vader. It was WWWAAAYYYY too abrupt. It’s like they got to the end of the film and suddenly realized they forgot Anakin was supposed to become evil.

    Anakin: “You’re an evil jerk Mr. Emperor, I’ll never join you!!!! I’m a good guy!!!”
    Emperor: “Come on, everyone is doing it.”
    Darth Vader: “Ok, sounds good. So, how shall I start my evil career, some light pick pocketing or pirating DVDs?”
    Emperor: “I want you to kill some kids, then try to kill your old mentor.”
    Darth Vader: “You’re the boss.”

    Seriously?!?!?!

    If you actually grew up with the original trilogy, episodes I-III are a total unforgivable FAIL. Such a missed opportunity.

  • June 3, 2010 at 4:51 am

    One thing about episode 3 I wish would have been included into the theatrical release was the scene, where Padme, Bail Organa and Mon Mothma, practically started the rebel alliance. It was included into the deleted scenes in the dvd, and I kind of understand why they kept it out, but it still would have tied much of the story together so much better.

  • ZankonProuductions

    June 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I’m 12 I love’em all but I personally want to see ALL the IV-VI in original format I here there’s a release of the original on DVD but here’s how I watch’em IV-III I like it that way because you see a transformation of Obi Wan Anacin Yoda etc. There all good in my perspective I liked the fantasy of the first creating a teen wonder in me I disagree with episode 1′s explanation and skip that scene altogether the best were IV-VI in my opinion and always will be.

  • June 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

    @ ZankonProuductions
    They actually have that out already. I own the “limited edition” dvd set of both the prequel and original trilogy. with the original, they all have the original theatrical version of the movies, as well as the updated versions. I got mine from FYE for under $40 for the whole trilogy.

  • vinamon13

    June 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    one person used a computer to remove as much Jar-Jar and “pointless Anakin action” as possible, calling it “The Phantom Edit”. It’s still out there somewhere, but you’ll have to look hard to find it.

  • June 23, 2010 at 6:29 am

    The only Star Wars movies my kids will see are the originals 1st print VHS copies I own… and if they like them, then they could watch the rest of the series in any format. If they hate it or like “Star Trek” better, I’ll just disown them.

  • WatchmenFTW

    July 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I like all the Star Wars films, except for Episode II, that sucked donkey shit.
    I actually like Qui-Gonn in Episode I, and I like how Obi-Wan is seen as a reckless apprentice, completely opposite from Alec Guiness’ Obi-Wan.

    Great review, but too bad Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the new Star Wars franchise, that’s worse than Episode II.

  • Christian

    July 9, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Im only 12 right now I first saw return of the jedi when i was like 4 i like the episodes 4 5 and 6 more they were what i saw first

  • Superhuegi

    July 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I saw Episode I when I was about eight. I actually liked it a lot back then. I even thought Jar Jar was funny. I think older fans need to remember that a lot that they find great about Star Wars is made “better” by nostalgia. I didn’t really care for the second film, I couldn’t remember a thing about the story. But i watched at least some of the old films between the releases of episode 2 and 3, so I could enjoy number three fully, and that was awesome. The dance-scene you mentioned is really cringe-worthy, I actually felt ashamed for what lucas had done.
    The thing you said about how to show your kids these films. Well from my experience, they will probably never be surprised about the whole “I am your father” issue. Simply because it’s splurged all over pop coulture, they (as I did) will probably know at least that line in context before they see the movie. Nice review

  • Seblecaribou

    July 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’m 21yo and I first saw the end of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but I was too young to understand what I was looking at so I’m not from the generation of the first trilogy.
    That’s why at the time when I saw the prelogy on theater as a teen, I just didn’t catch the hatred for those tree moovies wich I think where awesome.
    Now that I’m a bit older, I see why people love the first trilogy that much, and I can put my finger on what is desapointing about the new movies (acting suchs with the french dialogue…more than the original!). But I prefer the new ones…not because of the special effects, but because I like how they treated the Anakin-going-mad thing, and first of all, when I think Star Wars, I think about saber…and the new trilogy is just awesome on that point!

  • venom 51007

    August 6, 2010 at 2:40 am

    If u think about it u can compare the films and what there about while EPISODE I and IV its all about a new comer trying to learn about the force and EPISODE II AND VI were about an aprentice finally becoming the mature adult they really are and EPISODE III and V were all about the sith getting REVENGE.

  • tdnsk

    August 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    well I’m pretty young so i watched the the prequels first and as a kid, it was cool for me as a child just to see the creatures and the crazy light saber battles, in fact i remember me, my brother and one of my friends tried to recreate the battle from the phantom menace (the final battle were Qui-Gon Jinn dies) so i must of really liked it but the day after the 3rd one came out i watch the originals (i don’t know which version they were) and i liked them a lot too. About Darth Vadder the whole “Luke i am your father” line had become a meme and i was waiting for it so much when i watched it i figured out this whole time i was saying it wrong in all the jokes about the line they say “Luke i am your father” but then i found out it was “No i am your father” anyway since i watched the prequels first i became attached to Anikin so my favorite moment was when Darth Vadder killed the Sith Lord and took off his helmet i thought that was awesome any way that was the take of the films from someone from a younger generation

  • PhantomSpaceman

    August 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    While I love the original Star Wars trilogy I have to disagree with your assessment of the prequels. Aside from The Phantom Menace, you got it all wrong about Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Both of those movies were terrible in their own special way. I could spend all day breaking down the specifics of each films particular brand of suck but I’ll keep it simple. Clones couldn’t keep its convoluted mess of a story straight. The “romance” between Padme and Anakin was just awful. Sam Jackson doesn’t need to be in Star Wars (and neither does Jimmy Smitts…) if he’s not playing an intense bad ass. Yoda should never fight with a lightsaber and Hayden Christensen is the worst thing to happen to acting, followed closely by Megan Fox, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson.

    Revenge of the Sith further proves that Hayden Christensen can’t act. It also further proves that Lucas doesn’t know how to write a story or develop a character arc. Anakin’s development was more porous than Swiss cheese. How does he go from wallowing over killing Mace Windu to cutting up kids in mere moments? Would it have killed George to hire at least one goddamn actor to play a fucking clone trooper and not reduce them all to CG cutouts? I pity Natalie Portman, who went from having at least something to do in the first two prequels, to literally serving no purpose other than giving birth to Luke and Leia…oh and die of a broken heart (known to the medical community as bullshit). I didn’t mind the final fight between Anakin and Obi Wan except that it didn’t need to be so freaking long! It didn’t help that it was interrupted by Yoda “fighting” the emperor. I put fighting in quotes because it never felt like he was actually trying and kind of gave up at the end.

    These movies sullied the name of Star Wars, and revealed George Lucas as a shallow, money grubbing, business man, who was only interested in putting more millions into his pockets and not furthering the story he seemed to care about decades ago. Star Wars deserved so much better.

  • Flannery

    August 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I personally do not mind the special editions. The prints are much cleaner than any other verson previoulsy released. I watch star wars from 4-6, then 4-6 special edition and then 1-3. If I would have to rank them in my personal opion I would do it as 4,5,3,6,2,1. I am looking forward to having them on Blu Ray next fall then I can compaire then to their dvd conterparts and see which is better, dvd or blu ray. And see if lucas made any more changes. I do admit that some of the changes in a new hope do bug me. mainly the stuff going to mos esly(spelling?). The han shot first crap i could care less about, he killed greedo and walked out like the bad ass he is end of story. I like the special effects in the death star battle but hate that they lowered the perfect musical scores volume. I could spend days just listening to that sound track on the first movie. And for all of you fans that gripe, complain and about piss on your selves when talking about how lucas needs to release the unaltered special editions and how he runined star wars, enough! They are his movies, his intellectual property, his to do with as he chooses. If you want unaltered orginal triliogy get you some on ebay. Just shut up and quit griping about every little change. If you ask me were lucky to have these movies at all! Deep breath and end rant. James I liked seeing your perspective on these movies, I feel that your view was fresh and entertaining and that you were right on a huge majority of stuff. Man I hate Jar Jar Binks.

  • Sequiro

    September 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I’m older, 29, but Star Wars was something that unlike many other kids I never had an early opportunity to watch. I never watched the original Trilogy as a young child and when I got to my teen years I had zero interest in watching them. Now for anyone wanting to show their kids the OT first for the plot twist you might as well not bother, even though I never watched them, they are so embedded in American culture there were things I learned about the films without ever seeing them… “Luke I am your father was one of those lines.. so I knew even without seeing them the big plot twist. It actually wasn’t until 2003, when a video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic came out that I took notice. That game I fell in love with, The story was excellent and I couldn’t get enough of the lore in the game. So I then had to watch the movies for the first time and by now there was 5 movies watch and i watched them in Episodic order. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. I think they are all good movies, with great moments in each, each movie has it’s flaws, has it’s cheesy moments but all in all the movies all create this epic storyline that is unforgettable. As someone not blinded by nostalgia I got to appreciate the entire series and some of you OT vets really give the NT too much ridicule. I can understand and sympathize with some of the mistakes and changes, but they aren’t bad films. Maybe its’ my own nostalgia though for Knights of the Old Republic being the first Star Wars experience for me but I still think that games story and characters is just as good and the storyline just as epic as the Six movie set, it’s told in a different pacing than the movies, but it is amazing in its own right and anyone that hasn’t played it, really really should.

  • October 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Y’know i haven’t fully watched 4 5 and 6 and only about half of 2 i went to the cinema for episode 1 twice though when i was 9
    and then went to see 3
    I liked ‘em i found 2 boring or at least from what i watched
    but yeah when i was 9 i liked it..probably not as powerful if i watch it now i think it was maybe because i wasn’t old enough to have the hype

    but what baffles me is did lucas just write out the story in the 90′s and 00′s for 1 2 and 3 ?
    because if it was me i’d make sure i had a strong storyline to go back to if i was gonna wait all those years

  • Lionhearte

    November 18, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I was born after the first three came out, so I only remember when the fourth one (that is, episode one) came out – my brothers (who are older around 15 years older than me) grew up with the first three so they were real hyped about it – but I remember as a kid watching the episode one and thinking “this is kinda, meh” so I stopped watching it. It wasn’t until a couple years later and being exposed to so much Star Wars hype that I decided to watch the original ones first before watching the new ones that were coming out.

    And thank god I did, the original ones were so much better (we only had the un-enhanced versions, so the -original- originals I guess) and I shat myself seeing this as an 8-9 yr old watching them.

    So, I guess this review pretty much sums up my taste for it :)

  • Lort

    November 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve got to admit, I feel bad for anyone young enough to not see the original trilogy first. I’d hate to think “The Phantom Menace” is the first taste of Star Wars some people get, but I guess there is nothing we can do about that. Fuck, I feel old.

  • TheFilmFan

    November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    *Emotion* :’)

  • Senter

    November 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Personally I never watched Star Wars, but your review made me watch it. I just started with episode 4. Just because I like to see it in the order it was made. Especially since I like 70′s and 80′s nostalgia. Thank you for the inspiring me to watch it.

  • ScratchButt

    November 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    http://io9.com/5671581/george-lucas-reported-creating-new-star-wars-sequel-trilogy-thats-not-about-the-skywalkers

    So if you check that out, apperently, George Lucas is making a sequel triology to the saga.

    “George Lucas is plotting to create new Star Wars movies at the ultra top-secret Skywalker Ranch. This is deja vu of the mid ’90s when Uncle George start[ed] tweaking the Holy Trilogy to gear up for the Special Editions. [...] These new film will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States [...Fans] can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.”

    Well thats just great news. He just keeps punching out rereleases and everything. Starwars in 3D? WHAT THE FUCK! Its going to fucking sck and it ruins the series. Its just mind blowing. another 3 Episodes bring it to 9 movies, or is it another saga? so could there be a prequel to that saga making it 12 movies? Just really, what the fuck. Just is just a load of crap. He keeps making the movies worse and worse. Lucas just might as well make a movie of him taking a crap in 3D. This is just completely unnessicary.

  • claybox

    November 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    it actually wasnt that big of a twist to me that darth vader was lukes father, in dutch it translates to “dark father” so to me it was not quite as much of a shock.

  • mcnerven

    November 30, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I too have to disagree with your assesment of the 3rd movie. While I don’t mind Samuel L Jackson or Yoda battling it out, the script, pacing, acting and especially dialogue were so poor and distracting that I couldn’t get into a vibe or care much about the flashy action sequences. While improved over The Phantom Menace, the movie still just seemed too video game-y with overblown, cartoony and unncessary special effects. Could it of killed them to rely on actors for the clones or makeup for some of the alien characters?

    Going back to the acting…Hayden is either awful or the directing and script were so bad he had nothing to work with, like an artist working without a color palette. I never feel his anguish, understand why he turns on Padme (especially with kids on the way), understand why he abandonds his Jedi ways so readily and overall I just didn’t care enough to feel heartbroken during his demise (btw, Padme dies of a “Broken Heart?” They couldn’t have just said she died of complications during childbirth and spared us the cheesy dramatics?).

    Furthermore, it’s obvious that Lucas owed much to the efforts of Gary Kurtz, Irvin Kershner and Harrison Ford for injecting much needed direction and human gut checks during filming of the original trilogy. Lucas is a masterful imaginator and dreamer, but Star Wars was an amazing experience because he had others hone his visage and mold this fantasy land it into something greater than a collection of special FX.

    With the new trilogy nobody questioned Lucas as his crew revered him rather than working with him as a peer and colleague. As a result we got the above mentioned flaws, especially in the dialogue department and ADD-esque action sequences devoid of suspense or meaning.

    Still, I do agree with you in that Ian McDiarmid owned as the emporer and IMO is about the only redeeming thing about Revenge of the SIth.

    Well, that’s my (long-winded) take on Revenge of the Sith for everyone that pays attention to the boards.

    P.S. Keep up the great work James!

  • limegreensquid

    November 30, 2010 at 8:02 am

    You took the thoughts right out of my head for all movies. I liked Clones, it had the Star Wars action i was wanting, and better characters and settings. Sith was also really good. Each of the prequels come off as stiffly-acted and feel like poor knock-offs, but Clones and Sith’s stories and battles and action and characters help redeem them.
    But nothing will outshine the original. And I’ve definitely contemplated in what order i’d wish to show these to my currently-non-existing kids …. i think i would have to do it Original Trilogy first, then Prequels, so that they can know from the start what are good movies and what are bad movies! To be exposed to the good first, so that they know not to fall for the bad as much in their future lives… Plus, the originals are a little slower than the pre’s (phantom menace excluded), and the lower-tech effects may jar them into disinterest. The younger we are the more we tend to be interested in what seems newest and best, and to scoff at and ignore anything less (like graphics whores who refuse to play anything lower than PS2). So, to counteract this from happening, i recommend showing our children the original trilogy first. Original cut, too! None of this special edition bullshit!

  • Melba

    December 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    The “remastered” versions drive me crazy. I totally agree, the CG is so obvious and doesn’t mesh well. Good thing one of the DVD sets has the 1977 version.

    Until watching this I had no clue there were versions with Greedo shooting first, I never saw them (saw Ep1 remastered and that was enough). I’m not even a hardcore fan and that makes me mad!

    Your comments about the perspective of the movies based on generation and order of viewing blew my mind. So thought provoking, now I wanna go watch them again.

  • Luff056

    January 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    When I was young episode II and III weren’t out yet, so my parents showed them to me as episode IV V VI then I. I didn’t know what was going on back then though. And my parents just decided to not care if I watched those movies. But When I was about 10 I watched them again, all of them were out at this time, and we had them all. Once I watched them, I became a HUGE fan. I watched all of the little cartoons complaining on how they couldn’t be canon based on little facts, and I got all of the chronology books, reading about all of the Siths how they discovered the force, and playing the games… I even have this about 25″ R2 D2 robot that would do some cool stuff. I was the first of EVERYONE I know that knew the TIE was Twin Ion Engines. But I’m no longer such a big fan of Star Wars, but I still love it.

  • Doug

    January 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

    the one thing i like about the Special Editions is the ’97 ending for Return of the Jedi(DVD edition took it way too far with Jarjar and the Hayden ghost), and i REALLY like that one thing. i recently watched the original versions again, and they’re undeniably better without the tweaks(though the ring around the Death Star is good. The climactic big bang should have SOMETHING to set it apart from all the other explosions), but i did miss the new ending. I just like it better, and the original ending, with the Yub Nub song, just seems…small i guess, by comparison. Everything else is just filler, but i feel that was a genuine improvement.

  • MovieReviewerSM

    February 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    great reviews i like your points of views man stupid remakes when they sell those they should include both original and altered versions on the dvd, blu-ray or the new shit thats gonna keep coming

  • Dylan Hodge

    February 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Having grown up with the prequel trilogy, I find it hard to take any criticism, but I think I’m able to get over my love for the three prequels. The reason I like them is because I was exposed to them at a young age, much like you guys were all exposed to the original Star Wars films when you were young. No matter which movie you watch first in the series, it will probably astonish you as a kid, and that’s what the Phantom Menace did to me. I will admit it, I loved that movie. I liked Jar-Jar Binks because I though he was a funny character, but that’s because I was five at the time, and now that I’ve sat down and watch the original trilogy with a slightly more matured sense of humor, I couldn’t laugh that much at C3P0 and R2D2. I just don’t really like it that much. Another reason why I love the prequels so much is the music. It’s brilliant. John Williams is a genius. He got me interested epic and sad music, and I still love listening to the final battle tracks of Episode I and Episode III, especially Episode III. My main problem with the prequels though, is the fact that they added romance scenes. Sure is was extremely necessary considering how they are trying to tell the story of how Darth Vader turned to the Sith, but they could have tried harder to make them less cliche. The reason the romance is important is because he could no longer be with her after turning to the Dark Side. It would never work considering how she did not want to fight for a corrupt cause. The conflicts Vader went through emotionally scared him and that is how he became the evil man he was in the original trilogy.

    Now, back to the reason why I love the prequels so much. We all grew up with Star Wars one way or another. I grew up on the prequels, so I tend to like them more. What I’m saying is, they aren’t terrible movies when there isn’t any hype. You were all hyped beyond belief because you got to see another addition to one of your favorite series from your childhood. I was not hyped because Phantom Menace was the first movie I saw and it was great for me. I was extremely hyped for Episode III and boy, did that live up to the hype. Episode III is my favorite movie in the saga.

  • Masami

    February 6, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I was 8 when Episode I came out, and my father, being a fan, was really hyped about it and took me to the cinema to watch it. I really liked it, and so did my dad, as he was (and still is) a sucker for CGI and special effects. From there he began to show me the Original Trilogy, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. And although I haven’t seen The Phantom Menace since that time, I used to play the video games based on it over and over.
    When Episode II came out I was 11, and again I liked it, even the cheesy dialogue (can’t expect less of a girl that age) And when I saw episode III at age 14 it just blew my mind.
    It wasn’t until I reached 20 that I sat down and watched the Original Trilogy throughly. I fell in love with the way the story was told, with the characters, the detail in the spaceships, the music, everything. I found that it was way better than the Prequel Trilogy, but since I watched the later as a kid it has grown in me and no matter how much it may suck, I still like it for what it means to me. Maybe that is a good way of approaching the Prequel Trilogy, and if my 8-year-old nephew ever wanted to watch a Star Wars movie (which is very likely since he’s into the Lego Star Wars video games) I would show him Episode I first. To an older kid, I’d probably show Episode IV first, so that they can fully appreciate how great the original Star Wars trilogy is.

    Your reviews on Star Wars are awesome James! Moved me to tears (yeah, I cry easily lol)

  • kiteley

    February 6, 2011 at 8:49 am

    My first contact with star wars was watching a New Hope when it was re-released in cinemas. I can still remember that dive into the trough on the Death Star and the subsequent explosion. I was completely mesmerised, so of course my parents got the trilogy on VHS for me. I was so hyped about the prequels before they came out, but even being 9 years old I was dissapointed with episode 1. It just didn’t have the same vibe as the originals. But I agree with James in that the prequels did get better as they went along, but that doesn’t mean they are anywhere near as good as the originals.

  • February 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I think that Attack of the Clones was the worst out of the six. While I wasn’t alive to see the classic trilogy when it was released, I did see them as a child before the Phantom Menace was in theaters. I went with my father (R.I.P.) to see Episode I and was amazed. I loved it, although watching it now I see some of the problems. I still think it was a good movie. I watched Episode II at home, and barely cared for it. I waited patiently for Revenge of the Sith. I went with my friend, and loved every minute. It brought back the feeling I had watching IV, V, and VI when I was younger. I enjoyed these reviews a lot.

  • February 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I will tell you that I began seeing Star Wars when part III (2005) went in threaters. Then my parents (who already saw the 4,5, and 6) rented for us 1,2, saw 3 in threaters, and 4,5,6 were again rented. I will tell you it was spectacular for me seeing the first 3 movies, but as a child the las 3 were somekind boring, I even laughed at the “ridiculous” sable laser battles that compared with the newest ones were really slow. Then I grow up and saw again parts of the first three and seemed to me they were crummy and began to desmerit Star Wars. I don´t know, but now that I study cinema, they seem better, and what you said in the first part of the review gave to me another perspective of the movies, I think I will give them another chance. Finally I want to say that no matter what, that music, that stories of tragedy and struggle between good an evil, always has inspired me.

  • fuertherbube

    February 17, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Call me out of fashion, but am I the only one who thinks, that the reissues of the classic movies (Episode IV to VI) are somewhat strange? Its like “Cut them into pieces, rearrange them and mix ‘em with some new stuff and there you go: it fits to episode I to III”

    Kiss my ass George! You raped my childhood!

  • February 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t mind the Special Editions… I just don’t really care. It doesn’t seem like that much of a difference to me. Infact, I think the 2004 DVD Version of Empire Strikes back is the superior version, to all of them.

    Also, I really liked Episode III. There’s just something powerful about the film, as well as moving. I place it right up there with the Original trilogy, but much below their greatness.

  • March 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Well, I was born when Phantom Menace came out and growing up I loved the movie, but really only because of the eye candy. I was too young back then to understand what any of the story line was about, but even saying that I grew up with it after I was introduced to A New Hope on VHS, Phantom Menace sucked ass. At the age of six I threw my DVD of Phantom Menace away and spent all day by my VHS player watching the original trilogy. Though, I still never fully comprehended the plot until after not watching it for two years, I popped those VHS tapes back in again at the age of twelve, when I was more mature and appreciated movies alot more. I was blown away by the plot, and even with knowing that Darth Vader was Luke’s father I was stunned. Now lets go back one year, to the age Eleven, when I saw Attack Of The Clones in theaters(or at least I think I was 11 I can’t remember). Well, my brother loved it but I thought it sucked. I liked the action but I couldn’t get past those terrible romance scenes between Pade and Anakin. Then at Thirteen(I think) I saw Revenge of the Sith in theatres and I was blown away. The visuals were beautiful, I loved the darkness and the way it tied the movies together, the only thing that really got to me was Darth Vader crying like a bitch. Now that I am more mature than I was I fully apreciate movies for themselves and not for the effects like the generation I live in and I can proudly say, The originals are better, prequels sucked dick.

  • March 20, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I’m 15 years old, and I prefer the older ones. I saw A New Hope first, maybe when I was 10 or 11 and even then the special effects blew my mind. I was always called mature for my age, and I always said to my self, ‘The effects don’t top The Phantom Menace, but for it’s time, they were great’. No one else who I talked to that was my age at the time understood that. They prefered the newer movies because they looked flashy and had better sound effects, and for some reason they all loved Jar Jar. Personally I thought and will always think hes fucking annoying. I liked the older movies because of the effort it took to make those effects and sounds and the acting in the originals was just…better.
    Since that time I saw A New Hope, I’ve been really into Star Wars, not as much as someone who saw the movie back in ’77, but enough. I’ve beaten most of the Star Wars video games, excluding the shitty ones on the NES, I’ve seen every movie too many times to count, and read countless theories on what happens after, and before the six films. I’ve been engrossed in the Star Wars mythology like no other, and that just goes to show that these movies can have a big impact, even on people of the new generation, even if most of us think Greedo shot first.

  • chrisRAWRZ

    March 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    i thought all the star wars movies were really good. the only problem i have is the ships. the space ships in the newer ones looked way more advanced and superior than the ones from the old movies even though its set in the future after the first,second,or third movie. i thought the phantom menace was really good too. it was my favorite.i think it was because of darth maul with that awesome light saber, how it had quin jon cause the actor for him is an amazing actor, obi one because he’s so young and throught the movies you can see how old he is getting and wise,and how everything is the beginning and its cool to see it all unravel to what its going to become. i dont really remember but i think i saw the empire strikes back first knowing darth vader is his father so ya it was cool to see how he becomes evil. im typing to much so im gonna stop.

  • TerragonSix

    March 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Weirdly, I found that movie I liked the most was the one Lucas didn’t direct, Empire Strikes Back. But, that’s like saying: “I like the idea of owning a Ferrari versus the idea of owning a Rolls Royce or a Lamborghini.”

    I definitely agree with the ‘Han shot first’ sentiment. I watched (and still own) the ’97 Special Editions. Even to my untrained eye, it looked cheesy and wrong.

    Seriously, what’s next? In Raiders of the Lost Ark , are we going to see Indiana Jones not fire until the random swordsman throws a digital sword at him first? Ridiculous.

    Anyway, concerning the prequels, Phantom Menace was indeed a victim of it’s own hype. Clone Wars was a bit better, and Revenge of the Sith (a tribute to the original title of Return of the Jedi, which was supposed to be Revenge of the Jedi), was excellent, and the best prequel.

    Good review James, and what a great series of movies. They have that special ‘it’ factor that makes a great movie timeless.

  • michadelic

    March 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Revenge of the Sith was absolutely horrible, perhaps to be counted as the worst of the films if not for jar jar bink’s absence. I don’t see how anyone can say it was in any way a good film or that it connected to the original trilogy in anything but a superficial way.

    The dialogue was unimaginative and the acting wooden (as it was for all the prequels), except for Ewan McGregor who did his best to have personality despite the screenplay’s insistence that he not have one.
    The characters and their choices (particularly Anakin and Padme) made no sense. Anakin’s seduction to the dark side was incoherent, as usual he was just a whiny prick. Padme was transformed into a airy bimbo who simply croaks at the end of the movie for literally no reason.

    To top it off, Lucas lamely kills off the best villain – Count Dooku – that was introduced in the prequels right in the beginning of the film. Way to go Lucas! By sheer chance you managed to create an interesting and potentially iconic villain and you give him no role in your last movie!

    This movie was incoherent and made no sense. It was cinematic disaster. All the prequels were bad, but Attack of the Clones was the better of the three. Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith are equally terrible.

  • badgerno1

    April 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I was exactly the same when viewing PMenace in ’97-I came out saying,’it looks like a cartoon or a giant video game’-friends of mine saved up,took time off work and flew from London to NY to watch it-they all flew back thoroughly disappointed. I knew it would date badly and it has. It’s awful,as is AOTClones. ROTS is alot better but hardly classic.
    I completely agree on the special additions,the cgi sticks out like a sore thumb and adds absolutely nothing,infact, I find them hard to watch as the added bits ruin the films for me. Only Empire wasn’t damaged by Lucas’s meddling

    • alfredough

      February 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Didn’t Phantom Menace come out in ’99?

  • johannes97

    April 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    They are going to re-release the whole saga in 3-D from 2012-2017. The’ll release them chronologicly from episode I – VI. The first one is going to be in theaters in Febuary 10-th 2012. Cant wait for it!

  • April 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I kind of agree with James on this one. I realize that Episode 1 kind of sucks, but speaking from the perspective of a younger fan, around 15, I thought it was okay. Episode 2 started to get the idea a little more. The romance and dialogue could’ve been done better, but the action was pretty good. Episode 3 was really good and definitely the best of the prequels. I’m definitely glad I saw it on the big screen and thought that this was more what the rest of the prequels should’ve been, realizing it’s flaws, of coures. Overall, I thought this was a very cool retrospective and I like how he doesn’t end with alot of hate, but instead with fond remeberance and optimism for the future of the franchise and it’s fans. That’s all I’ve really got to say.

  • ScottOrTheApocalypse

    April 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Although Episode I is not the most solid movie, it does have the best song of all of them…the Darth Maul fight music. Episode II has an extremly enjoyable scene with the monster fight in the colliseum. They may not be the best, but they deserve MUCH more credit than they get.
    My favorite to least favorite: III, V, VI, II, I, IV

  • cheezdoodle96

    May 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I watched 4-6 first, I remember it pretty well.The dvd was called The Original Trilogy and had silver characters on a black background, and I had a movie marathon in my room (it also came with a making of dvd which I watched the next day), and I wen’t to bed at like 11-12 o’clock, and I had never been up that late before..

    I watched The Phantom Menace and Attack Of The Clones when I got them as a gift for christmas by my parents (it was in 04-05 or something) and then I remember seeing that Revenge Of The Sith was out on dvd (I had seen a movie poster for it a long time ago when my school was at the movies) and I asked my mom if I chould get it and she said yes.

    I am a die hard fan of Star Wars, and I think all of the Star Wars films are great. I will get the Saga on blu-ray when it releases this summer.

    May the force be with you too. Always.

  • jwalker67

    June 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I am currently 19 years old, and the Star Wars movie series is my favorite out of all the other movie series ever made. I still enjoy watching the movies, even the newer ones.

    I really don’t understand why everybody dislikes the Phantom Menace so much, I rather enjoyed the movie. In fact, I enjoyed it as much as the other movies Lucas made. The story was interesting (in my opinion), the effects were spectacular, and the solo fight between Kenobi and Maul has forever cemented itself within my head. I also love the pod race scene.

    WIth that said, Ill just repeat what I said earlier. I love all the Star Wars movies, I just wished companies would stop milking the damn series with cheesy animated shows….but that is an entirely different matter altogether.

  • Matthew_Of_Wales

    July 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Man, I was brought up on the episodes 1-6 routine, so it took me a long time to work things out. Sometimes I wish I was born twenty years earlier. Nice review though.

  • August 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Star wars never gets old. I’m 13 and (shocker) like the prequels. I watched Phantom when I was younger and still think it’s great. For young kids, Jar Jar is hilarious as a useless, idiotic character who gets himself in trouble. He’s kind of like c3po who, in my opinion, is kind of pointless, too. The only movie where C3PO doesn’t get damaged in some way is the 3rd movie. Also, the only major use for him is with the Ewoks, just as Jar Jar was used to give Palpatine emergency powers in the 2nd. Maul might have been short-lived and kind of useless, but once again, I think he was meant for kids because his fight scene was spectacular (in my opinion)
    The attack of the clones was also great in my eyes because of the action. Like the nerd said, eyecandy. The first bounty hunter, Jango, The arena, The battle with the clones, and yoda bouncing off walls and crap was pretty awesome. Plus, you learn the origins of the death star. When I watched it later, I was finally understading that scene and was like “OMG, it’s the freaking death star!” There were other parts that tied the prequel with the originals, too.
    The third one was good because of the space battle, the lightsaber battles, and how evil palpatine is. ‘Nuff said.

    • Big McLargehuge

      February 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      As much as I hate to admit it, this guy makes a good point. I am NOT a fan of the prequel trilogy, but I was more or less an adult when they first came out. Maybe if I was a kid like I was in the 80s I would have enjoyed them more. That is actually a valid comparison between Jar Jar and C3PO…

      You know what, fuck all that. Jar Jar fucking sucks!!

  • Snejku

    September 18, 2011 at 12:55 am

    (If anyone actually has to patience to read all this… go ahead :P )

    Again, very good take on these. Thought I’d make an input here and tell you that I got a buddy who haven’t seen any of these movies yet, he’s only 16 or so and in general have missed out on a lot of classic movies so I’ve tried to introduce him to a whole bunch of classics, and I plan to show him the original trilogy of these first because I want him to experience them in the way Star Wars were timelined and created so to speak.

    I also thought I would mention that I don’t fully agree on your take about Darth Maul, I wouldn’t call him useless but rather tragically underused because to me he was one of the highlights of the prequels and except for Vaders gritty style and bad-ass charisma that enhances the saberduels he has with Obi-Wan and Luke in the originals, Mauls fight with Obi-Wan in the phantom menace was to me the best saberfight in the whole series, I thought it was so insanely cool to watch because this was before the rest of the saberfights in the remaining two movies would have a bunch of CGI melted into those specific filmparts.

    Maul to me was like a demon from hell with the skills of a super ninja and I thought that made him very cool, I just wish he woulda had a bigger part in the movie and more character development, but then again. For any hardcore Star Wars fan there’s always the expanded universe.

    Now as for episode 3, I didn’t really enjoy it too much when I first went and saw it but I felt it was an ok movie as a whole, I was very young and at a very ignorant age when Episode 1 and 2 rolled around, 12 or so when episode 1 hit the big screen and I enjoyed it maybe a little too much because I wasn’t really that set into the Star Wars universe yet.

    I remember having seen parts of Episode 6 when I was very little and I generally remembered a lot from Episode 4 but I don’t think I had seen Episode 5 at all, so what I did was to reassemble some logic and a deeper view over the movies and by doing that, the original trilogy became the best for me by far cause a lot like you, I really love classic movies from the 70s and 80s due to their charm and impact you gain as a young viewer.

    However, episode 3 has grown on me quite a bit since it’s release and I enjoy it far more now. I especially like the whole bit of leaving the galaxy in an uncertain darkness with a story gap of 20 or so years till episode 4 takes place. Like you said, the way everything builds up for a repeating circle of democracy and dictatorship is an interesting tataulogy. Good review.

  • Snejku

    September 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

    (If anyone actually has the patience to read all this… go ahead :P )

    Again, very good take on these. Thought I’d make an input here and tell you that I got a buddy who haven’t seen any of these movies yet, he’s only 16 or so and in general have missed out on a lot of classic movies so I’ve tried to introduce him to a whole bunch of classics, and I plan to show him the original trilogy of these first because I want him to experience them in the way Star Wars were timelined and created so to speak.

    I also thought I would mention that I don’t fully agree on your take about Darth Maul, I wouldn’t call him useless but rather tragically underused because to me he was one of the highlights of the prequels and except for Vaders gritty style and bad-ass charisma that enhances the saberduels he has with Obi-Wan and Luke in the originals, Mauls fight with Obi-Wan in the phantom menace was to me the best saberfight in the whole series, I thought it was so insanely cool to watch because this was before the rest of the saberfights in the remaining two movies would have a bunch of CGI melted into those specific filmparts.

    Maul to me was like a demon from hell with the skills of a super ninja and I thought that made him very cool, I just wish he woulda had a bigger part in the movie and more character development, but then again. For any hardcore Star Wars fan there’s always the expanded universe.

    Now as for episode 3, I didn’t really enjoy it too much when I first went and saw it but I felt it was an ok movie as a whole, I was very young and at a very ignorant age when Episode 1 and 2 rolled around, 12 or so when episode 1 hit the big screen and I enjoyed it maybe a little too much because I wasn’t really that set into the Star Wars universe yet.

    I remember having seen parts of Episode 6 when I was very little and I generally remembered a lot from Episode 4 but I don’t think I had seen Episode 5 at all, so what I did was to reassemble some logic and a deeper view over the movies and by doing that, the original trilogy became the best for me by far cause a lot like you, I really love classic movies from the 70s and 80s due to their charm and impact you gain as a young viewer.

    However, episode 3 has grown on me quite a bit since it’s release and I enjoy it far more now. I especially like the whole bit of leaving the galaxy in an uncertain darkness with a story gap of 20 or so years till episode 4 takes place. Like you said, the way everything builds up for a repeating circle of democracy and dictatorship is an interesting tataulogy. Good review.

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Mesa like Jar Jar Binks. Jar Jar Binks made Episode 1 enjoyable. With no Jar Jar, Episode 1 would be boring heap of doo doo.

  • zackody132

    November 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    its like that scene from clerks the animated series “I want my 8 bucks back”

  • avgnfan99

    December 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Weesa Free LOL

  • WillDuncan

    January 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    i realy like all six movies espeacialy revenge of the sith i think i am tht younger generation james metioned so i love them all nd i think it was smart to replace the one guy who played older anakin with hayden because thts how we know anakin lookes not just some other actor so its more greatfying seeing the end

  • adam7b

    January 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I loved your review James and I especially liked your point at the end about he multiple perspectives Star Wars has had during its 30 years. When you mentioned the “No! I am your father” scene and gave the 1980 perspective, it never occurred to me the fact that new audiences will have a different one due to the back story of the prequels. It is quite incredible to know that there are types of audiences for the same set of films and I feel they can be split into two; the old and the new (As in the films). But not that these two have nothing to do with each other, its the fact that they bring there perspective on to each other. Such as arguments with opinion about which is better. However I am one of the many who was old enough, about 7 or 8, to see all the original Star Wars on VHS just before embracing the new ones. On your earlier Star Wars video you mentioned how watching when you were younger is different to when you are older because you appreciate the story and characters more is very true. So I think I was able to have the best of both before seeing the prequels and noticed the lack of hard work and care of special effects in the new ones.

    Another point you raised was the fact that Phantom Menace does not have a particularly interesting story. Honestly I can’t remember the movie’s initial story before its subtly dropped behind Anakin after he is encountered. At least some movies you can remember segments of dialog and/or story but in this case the Phantom Menace, with all its political and trade mush, bored me as a young person. Also another thing I wish to nit pick. What or who is the “The Phantom Menace”? Is it Darth Maul? Is it Anakin? IS it JAR JAR?! At least with the others the title makes sense. “The Empire Strikes Back” well of course they do after the defeat in “A New Hope” which also makes sense because of Luke and the Rebels. With the new ones “Attack of the Clones” makes the most sense because the clones attack the droids, “Revenge of the Sith” – which I think is a good movie too bar some corny love lines – does not relate to much of the story in my opinion. Yes Sidious returns a wreaks havoc on the Jedi but other than that is Anakin’s transition ultimately so who is taking revenge again?

    This has no point, GREAT REVIEW!

  • February 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I think my favs in order are:

    Episode IV

    Episode VI

    Episode II

    Episode V

    Episode III

    Episode I

    • tFighterPilot

      February 10, 2012 at 4:28 am

      @Firewall_Philip_Hanan Blasphemy! Episode 5 was the best. Putting it under episode episode 6 LET ALONE EPISODE 2 is blasphemy!

      Anyway, the only part I liked the prequels was the ending shot of episode 3 (with Luke in Tatooine) That really gave me shivers. In my case, you can’t blame me disliking the prequels on nostalgia, I’ve seen episode 4 first, yes, but then I saw episode 2 and only then 5,6,1 and eventually 3 when it came out.

  • FrankDoomriderJohansen

    February 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    It’s impossible for me to pic a fav Star wars movie, becaus ethey are ALL ONE STORY!!!

    • gamers_love_sprite

      February 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      @FrankDoomriderJohansen A New Hope has its own story, it starts at the beginning and stops at the end. They only put movies before and after it later on, when it made lots of money. Lord of the Rings is all one story.

  • germanium28

    February 10, 2012 at 12:14 am

    My favorite movies are all six of the Star Wars films. There aresome things I do agree with you though like how the visual effects looked better in the original trilogy. I also just want to say that my favorite lightsaber duel is the one in The Phantom Menace with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul.

  • Blujay1524

    February 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I really hate the prequels, but I don’t feel the need to go Plinkett on the comment section

  • Kon999

    February 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I hated 3 it killed my favorite black person.

  • SycoMantis91

    February 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I thought the prequels were good. Not compared to Staw wars, but as individual entities. But to answer the question at the end, my kids are watching the “original” originals first. They get to hear nothing about Vader being “Ani” or anything like that until they see those movies. I didn’t even grow up when they were big (born in 91), but I still think that’s how they must be seen. And if after that they’re interested, they can see the prequels.

  • Skibane

    February 11, 2012 at 5:19 am

    James! Nice! Good! Epic! Funny! 5/5! :)

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I love that segment where you mention the dialogue… that exact scene bugged me thru the balls the first time I saw it!!

  • darknerd64

    February 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Actually, there was a scene in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” that reminded me more of the Han-Greedo scene. It was the scene in the beginning where Angel Eyes interrogates Stevens and shoots him under the table. True, the scene shown is more like the Han-Greedo scene since the other guy is bragging about he would kill Tuco, but the shooting from under the table just reminded me of this.

  • ArikEmeis

    February 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I have quiet mixed feelings about Episode 1. I like the actionscenes and the dialog-scenes with Obi-Wan but i hate little anakin, he is just too cute for starwars. Episode 2 bugged me more. I hated the Love-Scenes between Anakin and Padme but the fightscene between Yoda and Dooku rescued it for me. Its the same for Episode 3. Much of the Dialog is just cheesy but the action is really good. But there were some scenes that really bugged me like when Windu and the other Jedis attack the Emporer and he just kills Kit Fisto, one of the mighties Jedi-Warriors that existed at that time, that seemed wrong for me. In the end Episode 1-3 are ok but i will never love them as much as the original trilogy. For the question how my kids will see them, i will first show them the original trilogy in the original form (i bought a VHS-Player and let it packed up just for that) and then Episode 1-3. Ok greetings from Germany

    • synn06

      February 20, 2012 at 6:56 am

      @ArikEmeis

      Actually this is explained in comics and books and a few other things. Palpatine was suppose to be so powerful that kit and the other jedi, (forgot his name) couldn’t sence his intentions nor his movement, the only one powerful enough to stand a chance was Mace Windu.

  • kwams

    February 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    ive never seen any star wars is it really worth watching?

    • julianwcw

      February 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      @kwams how old r u? lol, jk. watch them all right now, they r amazing movies.

    • Big McLargehuge

      February 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      @kwams Haha, probably not something you’d want to admit on Cinemassacre.com. That’s cool, though. But yes, watch them, watch them right now!

  • XxkingnuthinxX

    February 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    In phantom menace i disagree with your opinion of darth maul. sure he says almost nothing but he looks badass.

  • EXPLODA!

    February 12, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I hate the way in the newer star wars all of a sudden all the jedis are jumping and spinning around when they fight it’s ridiculous. That’s a good way to cut your own ballsack off

    • julianwcw

      February 12, 2012 at 3:18 am

      @EXPLODA! they were very trained, so they wernt gonna cut their balls off.

  • HotShotQc

    February 12, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Wow. I hate to watch these films and find them boring (I grew up with the Indiana Jones trilogy, not Star Wars), but the editing I just saw makes the whole “Star Wars mania” even more stupid in my opinion.

  • LysanderTheevilmonkey

    February 12, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Wonder what James thought of the Family Guy Star Wars Parodies. The 3rd one sucked ass!

  • Jarnor

    February 12, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Other than his opinion on Darth Maul (badass) this is pretty close to my feelings on the prequels. I don’t know why so many people don’t seem to like Ep 3. I think they must just have a mindset that if it’s prequel it must be bad. Honestly, Ep 3 deserves to stand with the originals.

    The one thing I didn’t hear him talk about is the added Biggs scene in Ep 4. That I thought was a VERY good addition, maybe one of the few that the Special Edition did very, very right. Originally watching I didn’t even catch that one of Luke’s friends was there with him. It really ramped up the emotions seeing his buddy there and losing his friend.

    • Waffle

      February 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

      @Jarnor I liked Ep 3. It was the best of the prequels. However, two things stand out in my mind as BAD. One – The birth of Luke & Leia/Padme’s death. It seemed a stupid way to kill her off. She just lost the will to live? It seemed like such a huge shift in character to me and just…stupid. Two – How quickly Anakin became Darth Vader after Sidious killed Mace Windu. Here’s how it looked to me:

      Sidious: Join the Darkside!

      Anakin: No!

      Sidious: Join the Darkside!

      Anakin: Yes, Master!

      So yeah…few plot points just seemed rushed and silly and could’ve been handled much better, IMHO. Other than that, loved the film.

      Great review. Makes me want to watch the movies again. Or listen to the radio dramas. Those are AWESOME. If anyone hasn’t heard them yet, I’d highly recommend giving them a listen. They add lots of great stuff. .

      • Jarnor

        February 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        @Waffle Actually that was the part that made the most sense to me and was done the best. You see his rage barely in check in the film (and shows) before. You see his leanings towards authoritarian solutions.

        When he finds the truth about Palpatine/Sideous he is conflicted but turns in the old man he had thought of as a friend. He damn well wanted a fair trial about it though. He couldn’t stand seeing his friend suffer any more than he later could his son.

        After Mace is killed he realizes the Jedi will never take him back. The only thing left is his wife, and he thinks that only by following his new master can he save her.

        Ironically, this causes him to hate when he thinks she has left him to join Obi-Wan. He lashes out at her with that hate and fatally harms her through the touch of the dark side. Between that and her loss of hope she gives up and passes away. I’ve seen it happen in real life when someone gives up, and that’s without any harm from the Force.

      • Jarnor

        February 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        @Waffle

        For me, that was the part that made the most sense and was done well. You see his rage barely in check in the film (and shows) before. You see his leanings towards authoritarian solutions.

        When he finds the truth about Palpatine/Sideous he is conflicted but turns in the old man he had thought of as a friend. He damn well wanted a fair trial about it though. He couldn’t stand seeing his friend suffer any more than he later could his son.

        After Mace is killed he realizes the Jedi will never take him back. The only thing left is his wife, and he thinks that only by following his new master can he save her.

        Ironically, this causes him to hate when he thinks she has left him to join Obi-Wan. He lashes out at her with that hate and fatally harms her through the touch of the dark side. Between that and her loss of hope she gives up and passes away. I’ve seen it happen in real life when someone gives up, and that’s without any harm from the Force.

      • Waffle

        February 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        @Jarnor I do agree that you can see the internal struggle within Anakin throughout the movie. What I’m talking about is that specific MOMENT. When he gets his sith name that conflict seems to just vanish and he becomes perfectly OK with slaughtering children (or ‘younglings’, if you prefer). You could argue that he’s so desperate to save Padme that he’ll do anything, but that’s not how it read to me. Blame on the acting, the editing, the script…whatever.

        The catalyst for the moment also bothers me. He injures Mace Windu to stop him from killing Palpatine, then Mace Windu gets killed by Palpatine. He seems genuinely distraught over the fact that his decision to save Palpatine gets Mace killed, but then he’s perfectly OK with killing the other Jedi.

        I would’ve liked to see him at least question how the hell committing mass murder was going to save his wife. Especially when before Palpatine made it out that the Dark Side wasn’t really bad and it was just the Jedi who had twisted force-users view of it.

        What I would’ve liked to see is him not becoming so cold to what he was doing so quickly. Have him realize it’s wrong to be killing all these people, but also realize he’s gone in too deep to stop until he eventually breaks.

        Oy. I hope that makes sense. lol. I’m a bit ill and tired, so my mind is a bit fuzzy. That probably could’ve been much shorter. lol.

        Also, on the matter of Padme’s death. I agree with everything you’ve said. I’ve seen that happen IRL too. What I take issue with is how the character is developed as a strong woman, but then chooses to abandon her newborn children. What would’ve been better IMO is if Anakin’s attack on her actually did do serious physical damage, it’s a choice between her life and the childrens, and she decides to sacrifice her own life so they can live. Something like that would’ve been more in keeping with the character. Not ‘boo hoo, my husband has turned to the Dark Side. I don’t want to live anymore.’

        Again, hoping this all makes sense as I’m a bit fuzzy (medicine head. lol.)

        Also, this is my second post on Cinemassacre XD. Just came out of lurkerdom ^^

      • Jarnor

        February 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        @Waffle Yeah, as good as it was to me those are valid points. I’d probably made things more clear myself. It’s a LOT better than ep 2 & 3 though.

        My take is that when he went over he snapped hardcore and turned his healthy emotions off. Isn’t that what the Jedi wanted? ;) Basically going Jedi postal there.

        Re: Padme – I saw it not as much as “oh no he went dark side” as pure mental and system shock at being dark side choked by the one she ultimately loved and trusted. That, combined with the corrupting harm of the dark side hitting her and the physical strain of labor doing her in.

        Just my take anyways. As I said, Lucas could have made it more clear.

    • RobertCain

      February 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

      @Jarnor

      The main issue i have with darth mual is he was supposed to be a feirce and trained assassin. Killed A VERY exspericanced and powerful jedi. then dies to a padawan.. even as a kid i was like WHAt? it made it seem like darth mual wanted to die.. and oka maybe it was a fluke but they could have atleast made it a good fluke.. or a cheap shot.. Like as qui gon gin dies darthmual relishing in his victory gets killed by obi wan but no he dies from a stupid flip behind slash thing that doesnt even make sence..

      • Jarnor

        February 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

        @RobertCain He wouldn’t be the first person to be killed by overconfidence and stupidity. Toying with a foe like that rather than finishing the job has consequences.

  • Jarnor

    February 12, 2012 at 3:39 am

    FWIW, I showed my kids the originals first to preserve the shock value of the Vader reveal. Then I had a teaching moment to them when we watched the prequels about how a good man can go bad, and about redemption.

  • powuhass

    February 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

    In the video you asked what the younger generation thinks… Well im 12.I saw the movies in the order they came out.This is the order of the ones that i liked best.1. Star Wars 52. Star Wars 43: Star Wars 24. Star Wars 65. Star Wars 36. Star Wars 1

  • AronLarssonShaghoie

    February 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

    When I was a kid I chose the film by the cover. And no one was in the position to negotiate.

  • ChrisRupp

    February 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    i saw 1 when i was young, except for the acting i liked it, same for 2. 3 was epic and to me is equal to the original trilogy

  • FrankCabanski

    February 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The main problem with the prequels is that the magic is gone. When hundreds of Jedi run around in a war, Jedi are no longer mystical or mysterious. The prequels make Jedi feel mundane.

    • Jarnor

      February 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      @FrankCabanski You have to remember that even by the original trilogy’s standards so few Jedi was an abnormality. They were a knighthood, protectors of a republic. While rare they were never to the point of being thought of as myth before.

      The mysteriousness of the Jedi was way higher in that era than any other time.

      • FrankCabanski

        February 13, 2012 at 1:58 am

        @Jarnor Understood, but for a movie when it becomes common it becomes mundane. And mundane is boring.

  • Rosvolainen

    February 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Can’t wait for the version where Han Solo shoots Jar Jar Binks. Nobody’s going to care who shot first at that time. The bitch needed to die!

  • Mirokunite

    February 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    If I had to show a kid the Star Wars series for the first time here is how I would do it.

    Episode 1, Episode 2, then jump to episode 4, then 5 then back to 3, then 6.

    Not really chronological, but the story holds better that way.

    • DBZMagus

      February 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      @Mirokunite What? How do you figure jumping around like that makes the story better?

      • Mirokunite

        February 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

        @DBZMagus By setting up the characters better.

        First you get to know Anakin, and follow him around. Then you jump forward a few years and follow Luke with the idea that Anakin is dead. Then you revile he is not, then jump back to see why he went that way, then you jump forward to see it all wrapped up.

      • Jarnor

        February 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        @Mirokunite @DBZMagus I like. With my new kid I’ll see if I can make that happen.

        Probably won’t though, the other kids will probably watch them in front of him before then.

  • February 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Awesome review! Most people agree that the three original films are better than the new ones, and that of the three new ones Ep. III is the best and Ep. I is the worst, but after some time I start feeling it was done on purpose. I mean, even if it took all these years to finish it, it was created as a single story, no matter how they were released, so they were done to have the series get better from Episode I to VI! Of course people were disappointed when Ep. I came out, because they’ve seen the movies it the wrong order!… if that makes any sense… And that’s the reason why they made those changes to Ep.IV, V and VI: because they had to come after! So I believe basically the Star Wars series is two different series: the original un-edited trilogy, with the “I am your father” twist, and the complete 6 movie series, with the edited trilogy. The only mistake was editing the movies back in 1997, to do a nice job they had to do so after the release of Ep.III, releasing them one after the other, like they were new movies.

  • blair85

    February 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I saw the movies for the first time in 2009 and watched them in original release order. When I let my kids watch them I’ve decided to do it 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6. That way you get the cliffhanger at the end of Empire, leave there with the suspense and explain how Vader came to be, and you don’t have to end with the dark ending of Revenge, which could be traumatizing for a kid. Seeing that as the last film, even knowing the final end might be quite depressing, as great as it is.

  • TheGM666

    February 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    @Kurvos

    Glad to hear it. I’m going to check it out. Everyone who jumped on the Ep I hating bandwagon were a bunch of zombies.

  • February 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The prequels were great on paper. The issue was George Lucas refusing to let someone else direct and produce.

  • threj0760

    February 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I honestly didn’t mind the first, I almost think I should re watch it see how I feel about it now that i’m older. 5th is probably my favourite love the Hoth scenes

  • Sniperambo

    February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I thought attack of the clones was the worst

  • AVGNFTW

    February 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    @Kurvos Hah, stop advertising your review on every Star Wars video. Just so you know, there’s this thing called an “Opinion”, and it’s this thing everyone is allowed to have, whether you like it or not. So what if people don’t like a movie? You don’t have to force them to stop hating something because you think it’s good. It’s good to people, it’s not to others. That’s life.

  • RobertCain

    February 22, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I love starwars but to be fair. I felt the movies are kinda weak… they are great movies and are a part of cinima history But i feel the exspanded universe with (s0me) of the games and comics made it much more grand than the movies ever did. same for the novels. some of them were so amazing.

  • RobertCain

    February 22, 2012 at 3:26 am

    also i hated episode 2.. beucase teen agnst and teen love bs….. sooo sooo soooooooo much teen ANGSSST!

  • LordReserei

    February 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hated TPM bar the Darth Maul vs Obi-Wan fight, AoTC was okay and despite the bad dialogue – RoTS was decent. 
     
    You can never beat the original trilogy. When I have kids of my own, they’ll watch that first then the prequel trilogy just because that’s how I watched them like many other people and that’s how it should be. 

  • DraculaAlucard1

    March 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I feel ashamed as an up & coming critic to be saying this, but I’ve never seen Starwars 4, 5, & 6 start to finish.

  • jrangel323

    March 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    The good way to see the Star wars saga http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/11/the-star-wars-saga-suggested-viewing-order/

  • kensterken0420

    March 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Im one of the “new generation” and I completely agree with James.The one diference is I thought the end battle in menace was a bit better than okay
     

  • Digger318

    July 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Have you heard of the ultimate fan edit called Star Wars A New Hope Revisited?
    It is like the BEST DAMN version

  • CebuLips9

    July 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I’m 13. I originally watched the 2004 DVD versions of them, but then I found out how much they were changed and went back and watched the theatrical versions. SO much better. Also, I have yet to watch the prequels but I’m kind of dreading it.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    August 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Yeah you can like the episode III, but it’s so obvious what’s going to happen most of the time.
    I also prefered to see maybe less fucking princess and prince story and more darth vader on the very first strike destroing and killing every last member of the old republic that was important.

    Yeah.

  • Joe Byrne

    January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    The Phantom Menace was the first movie I seen in the cinema

  • latoroc

    February 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    The Original and Modern Saga are both excellent, undoubtedly being the second one inferior to the first.
    My doubt (and fear) is what will be with the upcoming saga, Mickey Mouse Trilogy, if will continue decreasing the level of Star Wars or will be at a decent level of the franchise. What do you think?

  • Oliver Axelsson

    March 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    My GOD goosebumps in the end :( )

  • April 11, 2013 at 4:19 am

    How will you show your child James? Hope all is well, wishing you best!

  • Vulture Lives

    May 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    How exactly does the Jabba scene (in the Special Edition of Star Wars) constitute a “missing piece of the story?” Nothing new is gained from that scene in terms of plot. Jabba essentially repeats the same lines that Greedo just spoke in the previous scene; it’s redundant. And, the CGI Jabba is downright embarrassing to watch. It’s one of the worst Special Edition changes, right up there with the musical number from the Special Edition of Return of the Jedi.

    I also preferred it when Jabba was kept a mystery until the last film. And, what’s up with Han stepping on Jabba’s tail? Not only does the effect look awful, but Han spends all three movies living in fear of Jabba; why is he suddenly treating Jabba like a joke? It’s stupid.

  • May 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I take Ep. 1 over Ep. 2, but Ep.3 was the best Prequel Trilogy! And the Anakin and Obi Wan lightsaber scene, is my favorite lightsaber battle of all Star Wars lightsaber battle.

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Personally, I love the prequel trilogy very much, and even like Jar Jar somewhat. The funny thing about this was when I went to see Episode 1 in 3D last year, not many people were at the theater watching it, and I was the only one who seemingly enjoyed it. When the movie ended, I clapped, since it was both the first time I saw a Star Wars film in theaters, and that I legitimately loved the movie, and the clapping echoed in the theater room, and it made me a little embarrassed.

  • Vontux

    September 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I found Episode III to be more tolerable, but it was still pretty soulless. The only part I truly enjoyed was the Palpatine character, and even then that was only because he was so over the top and the actor actually was allowed to act which was a very rare thing in those horrific prequels. Plinkett wins this round….you guys are still great though.

  • September 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The digital edits were a huge disappointment; nothing that was changed needed to be changed, and while it was good to have the scene between Han Solo and Jabba, the CGI ruins it completely. None of the extra scenes serve any real purpose, and many add elements that are just silly, ruining the balance of humour in the films. In fact, that’s something I think the original films did so well in that a lot of the humour came from clever dialogue, with just a few silly bits for light relief. It worked because they were very much films for all ages.

    Fast forwarding to the prequels, and they were never going to live up to the hype. But they simply weren’t as good as the original films in any way; the CGI was excessive and used poorly, rather than complimenting the films they were pure spectacle. The special effects in the original films stand up surprisingly well to this day, and go hand in hand with good story telling, rather than conflicting against it.

    I don’t agree that the third film was a return to form; it was the best of the prequels, and it wasn’t a bad film, but it still lacked a great deal. The dialogue was horrendous, the romance with Padme unconvincing, Anakin’s fall the dark side wholly underwhelming to the point of stupidity, and Palpatine’s acting was some of the hammiest I’ve seen in a big budget film; compared to the performances of the emperor in the episodes 5 and 6 it’s like a completely different actor. Rather than sinister and evil he’s cartoonish to an unbelievable degree.

    The simple problem is that the prequels seem to ditch any attempt at adult story-telling and really just made three children’s films set in the Star Wars universe. They’re not terrible, but Jar Jar Binks really is the poster boy the entire trilogy; utterly unnecessary, pointless and stupid.

  • Isaias Pimentel

    November 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Wow this literally teared me up.Thankyou for the review.Its sad that some audiences today are so immature when it comes to movies like this and they decide not to watch seeing it as cliche.If they just watched they would have a deeper appreciation for the film industry and the hardwork and art that goes into them unlike todays movies that are jsut made in 1 year and are obviously not to be taken seriously due to the lack of commitmentship to the project.STAR WARS KICKS ASS AND ALWAYS WILL!

  • Tairetsu Terrile

    November 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Its really interesting that you mention that at the end,I for once im part of the generation that watched the movies in cronological order rather than the order they were made,and watched indeed the special editions of them (even the directors cut version of ep3 witch just makes the political conflict a lot more sensical and for some reason they delete those escenes) and from my perspective,its really hard to watch Star Wars now a days,not only because of the precuels,but because of the media in general!,its REALLY REALLY HARD not to hear about Star Wars,you will see references in TV shows,Internet,comics,videogames,etc,really in all kinds of media,so when I watched my first Star Wars movie it was already too late,I knew,even before I knew what Star Wars was,that Darth Vader is Lucks father,and is not the only example of media spoiling a movie just because of its age and influence,its hard to watch the original trilogy without an idea of whats gonna happen,in a whole diferent way,I watched ep1 when I was really young and the movie for me has more of a nostalgic value than anything else,odd enough and that makes me find it good,and part of it,besides the nostalgia,is that ep1,2 and 3 at least right now are not influential at all,and you can pretty much watch them spoiler free,the story of a movie has a lot more power into someone when we dont know the plot twist and how everything develops,and sure,we all know what the big deal is at the end of the precuels,but they have a whole lot of story in on themself,they do a good job developing explanations to the events of the original trilogy (except for why Anakin turn into darth vader,they never give us a real reason),so its,hard,thats all I can say from a new age perspective,the original trilogy its still completely awesome,I cant count how many times I have watch them,especially episode 5,because even when I know what the plot twist is that movie has A LOT of charm to it,and I cant even explain why really,as from the original 3 is the one with more dialogue,but even loving it as I do,I have to say that I cant say from my perspective that is the HOLY SHIT MASTER PIECE that people from the 80s remember it as,and is not because it isn,but because the big things,the main reasons why its considered as that are kind of spoil for us,and as a direct result,the plot of the precuels has a little bit more power,because you see the originals kind of knowing what´s up,and you like it,but you are not surprise,then you see the precuels,and you get to see how all that universe that you like so much started at,and you dont have any kind of spoilers,because those movies have been writting with the idea that everybody watching knows how it ends,so the big things are not usually something hiting that end,but rather focusing on their own story,wich is by no means as good as the original,but since we can discover it as we watch it just hit us harder,and yes as you said,watching the precuels with Anakin,and Obi Wan,and Yoda first (especially since the spanish version has SUCH A GOOD voice actor doing the main characters,that completely make up for the american actors) does make the characters in the original seem A LOT,diferent,you just see them with diferent eyes,and it kind of makes Darth Vader less scary,and Obi-Wan less misterius,also you obviusly are not keep in suspense as to how Yoda looks like,or where he is,so that plot twist in ep5 is ruin as well,also one final thing,if you ever watch the original trilogy,watch them with the delete escenes on,especially in ep3 they are REALLY important,so I have no idea why they delet them,but anyway I feel like I have been writing too long,just wanted to rant a little bit on that subjet,great review as always! :)

    Looking foward for the new trilogy to come out and be reviewed (?,god I really hope that Disney does good with them,tough SO FAR everything seems to be ok

  • luconator

    January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    It would be really nice to know what you think about the making of Episodes 7,8 & 9!

  • February 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I grew up in the 90′s and saw Star Wars , the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on VHS before I saw or even heard of the episode 1 the Phantom Menace movie… I always liked the original films and ill admit the phantom menace was ok, it seemed like a movie aimed at kids and not really my cup of tea when I saw at when I was like 12 or 13.. I hated the attack of the Clones film in lot of ways except for the action scenes.. as for the 3rd one, revenge of the Sith?.. i liked it.. but it wasn’t as good as some might say.. good action scenes but i wasn’t much of fan of the guy who played anakin.. he seems stiff , like he’s never had acting lessons. all his dialog seems forced.. it’s not the worse star wars film ever and it’s better then the phantom menace, but it’s still not as good as the original Trilogy of films was and still is.

  • April 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Original Oder

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