Star Wars: Rian Johnson Praises The Prequels
The Star Wars “Prequel Trilogy” is having a bit of a Renaissance.
Not that they needed any justification — I really enjoy them — but (perhaps in connection with the recent return of The Clone Wars on Disney+), Eps I – III are hot.
Case in point:
Yes. Yes! To Rian you listen! https://t.co/1EIVTLy9wr
— Kristin Baver (@KristinBaver) June 29, 2020
“Yes. Yes! To Kristin, you listen!”
Praising The Star Wars Prequels
The Prequels are a pretty great set of movies – popcorn flicks extraordinaire. Are there problems, sure.
But there are problems in the (sacrosanct to some) Original Trilogy….
I can hear the guffaws from the back. The snickers. The mentions of The Empire Strikes Back.
Oh, really? Just off the top of my head:
- There is no lightsaber glow reflected off C3PO in Obi-Wan’s hut?
- Did you ever notice that Darth Vader doesn’t know how to hold a sword in A New Hope? He just doesn’t know how to fence.
- Did you see R2D2 change colors (blue to black, or start to fall apart, or have different size domes, etc.)?
- Oh, and how about that Star Trek The Original Series camera roll inside the asteroid cave in Empire? Whooooaa. Whooooaaaa.
- A TIE-fighter flies THROUGH the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.
I could go on. Whatever. I don’t care. Seriously I don’t. I’ve seen each film hundreds of times.
Are there things I would fix? Sure. Sure.
But there are things in ALL of the Star Wars films I’d fix.
BTW, how did all of this come about? Why was Johnson waxing poetic about the Episodes I, II, and III?
Say Something Nice
A tweet by Twitter user Scott Malthouse began doing the rounds this weekend in which he asked his followers to: “Say a genuinely nice thing about the Star Wars prequels.”
The Star Wars prequel trilogy consists of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Amid the many responses was one from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) director Johnson who praised the films.
Newsweek also noted:
One fan agreed: “That’s pretty much it. The best possible compliment you could give. Inspired hope in children and moved entertainment technology forward a generation.”
That’s pretty much it. The best possible compliment you could give. Inspired hope in children and moved entertainment technology forward a generation.
— Roy Gilbert (@roygilbert) June 29, 2020
And I’ll give you two more amazing reasons to enjoy the Prequels:
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series
Anyway, thanks for saying it so well, Mr. Johnson.