Why are the prequels considered to be so bad?
I mean, other than overuse of bad CGI and terrible acting, they aren't so bad, honestly.
While I don't care for TPM and AOTC, I actually prefer Return of the Sith to any of the original movies. The labyrinthine opening shot— of Anakin and Obi-Wan giving chase to Dooku through the space vehicles on the planet of Coruscant—is a mighty and audacious gauntlet-throw, the digital equivalent of the opening shot of Orson Welles’s “Touch of Evil." It wheels and gyrates and zips and pivots with a vertiginous wonder that declares, from the beginning, that Lucas had big visual ideas and was about to realize them with a heroically inventive virtuosity. And the rest of the movie follows through on that self-dare.
If I had seen ROTS in real time, in a theatre upon its release, in 2005, I think that, at the moment when Sheev, sizzling in the blue lightning that Mace Windu reflects back at him, cries out to Anakin, “Power! Unlimited Power!,” I would have leaped out of my seat yelling with excitement. The entire movie is filled with an absolute splendor of the pulp sublime, and that moment is its very apogee. Lucas reaches historic heights in the filming of action: the martial artistry of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s double duel versus Dooku, the gaping maw of outer space and of the airshaft into which the heroic duo drops, Obi-Wan’s light-sabre fight with the four-armed Grievous, and, above all, the apocalyptic inferno of the confrontation of Obi-Wan and Anakin. I watched these sequences over and was repeatedly and unflaggingly amazed by Lucas’s precise, dynamic, wildly imaginative direction.
The scripted politics of the conflicts have a grand imagination to match. What Lucas brings to the script of ROTS is a quasi-Shakespearean backroom dialectic of power-maneuvering. The dialogue is just heightened and sententious enough, just sufficiently rhetorical, to convey the grave moment of ideas in conflict and the grand mortal results of that dialectical clash—the making of a villain and the unmaking of a republic.
Also, Hayden's non-dialouge acting in RotS is actually pretty good sometimes, especially when he has turned to the Dark Side
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They really aren't that bad.
The Star Wars movies were placed on this huge pedestal by some people. I mean, you had weirdos sitting out camping for tickets to the Phantom Menace for weeks. Honestly, there was never going to be anything that would live up to that much hype.
The prequels have flaws, of course, but so do the original movies (and so does this new one). Only difference is the original trilogy has nostalgia, and the prequels lowered expectations to a point that most people could accept the flaws in the new film (you see it in a lot of reviews: they almost always compare TFA to the prequels).
Thanks to a combination of bad writing, acting, directing and photography in the dialogue scenes, for long stretches they're incredibly dull. That's a pretty big problem for a space adventure to have.
I don't understand what these questions have to do with anything about what we were initially discussing. Could you just explain your point clearly without responding in question?