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  1. #1 I liked Star Wars 
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    Another thread on the board reminded me of this...


    I need to confess... to come clean.

    I liked All three of the Star Wars Prequels.

    Jar Jar Binks? Didn't bother me.
    That Anakin was a little kid?
    Not only did it not bother me, but I think he did a pretty good job at acting.

    All the big kablooie Special Effects? I liked it. Ok, I'll admit... there was a bit too much C.G.I. And the third installment got a bit piecemeal... But - I'm ok with it. I still liked it. I liked the long drawn out fight scene between Anakin and Obi Wan.
    I didn't like Darth Maul. He was a disappointment... But I'm still ok with that because Darth Vader was a hard act to follow. Lucas didn't even try to 'remake' Vader in Darth Maul- it was just a throw-away character. So it's ok that I didn't like him because that just makes it all the better that Obi Wan skewered him on a light saber.
    I liked the Pod Race- I thought that was pretty cool. I liked Obi Wan and Anakins race through the tightly packed city chasing the assassin. I liked Obi Wans pursuit of Grievous on some huge lizard thing.

    When Yoda whipped out a light saber and started whooping Count Dooku's butt, I was in the theater on the edge of my seat yellin' "YEAH! GO YODA!!"
    And so was everyone else in the theater cheering.

    So... Now on the internet, years later... It seems as though I am alone in this. It seems most people did not like the prequels.

    Why is that? I think it's due to Nostalgia- they are biased and were biased and Lucas was doomed before he even began because of that bias- He was trying to follow up an act that the fans did not want followed up on even if it was his own act.
    They thought they wanted it... but they didn't.
    What they wanted was the nostalgia of the originals.

    When Star Wars (Episode 3) came out, it was the New Thing. It was amazing. The prequels weren't really much less... But the problem was that they aren't the New Amazing Thing, anymore. I think people geared themselves up for the same "Awesome" that the hype and legacy of Star Wars has carried through the years and when they only got more of the same (Which was the only thing they possibly could get), they felt let down and looked for all the things they could find to blame for why it didn't meet their outlandish expectations. Now, we have the internet. And while peer pressure in 1979 was that you had better Love Star Wars... The peer pressure on the internet of today, where anonymous opinions spread like wildfire, is to hate Star Wars.

    But the first three had just as many screw ups... Anyone want to complete the Kessel Run in 3 parsecs?
    Was Jabba less annoying than JarJar?
    Yet, Smeagel/Gollom is not annoying but JarJar is?
    Was General Grievous poorly named? What... Darth (in)Sidieous and Darth (in)Vader weren't? The names have always been juvenile and if they suddenly were complex and not stupid- people would have complained about that, instead.


    I Still liked it.

    The story was and is about the same thing; Our condition, our humanity, our frailty and our inability to steer away from the dark side, no matter how much many people will delude themselves into thinking that they are 'good' people and wouldn't ever give in to the inner darkness.


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    me too. but all 6


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    Show me on the Jawa where George Lucas touched you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Pancakes View Post
    Show me on the Jawa where George Lucas touched you.
    Gonna show you the fine details of the floor, son...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    It seems most people did not like the prequels.

    Why is that?
    For me, it can be boiled down to one thing; the acting.

    Natalie Portman is at the top of my short list, but that skin-tight clothing didn't even make her appealing. Every line she spoke made me shudder. Hayden Christensen was even worse. He turned one of the coolest ever bad guys into a squeaky-voiced nancy. Jar Jar Binks made me want to hurt the nearest person he was so annoying. The kid who played young Anakin didn't even act. I'm not sure what that was that he did, but it wasn't acting. It was like they pulled some kid straight off the set of a Welch's grape juice set.

    Ewan McGreggor was good. Christopher Lee was great. Ian McDiarmid was also great, as to be expected.
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    The kid was all of like 6 years old... It's not like he had the benefit of years of experience... See, I think he did pretty well.
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    I respectfully disagree.
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    I too really enjoyed the first prequel when it came out it, actually went to see it at the cinema. Ok it may not have been the same as the original Star Wars, but it did still have that same grandiose sense of scale that made the original films so thoroughly enjoyable. Again here I have to agree here with Neverfly, I thought the characters and acting were really good, sure the jar jar binks character was a little annoying at times but also funny as well. Natalie Portman does a fabulous job in which ever role she performs and certainly here she did not disappoint either, plus Liam Neeson and Ewan Mcgregor both gave good performances. The child actor playing Anakin gave a great account of himself also and pod racing reminded my of playing wipeout on the playstation, which was cool.

    I also really enjoyed the imagination put into creating the lavish architecture for Naboo, great combination of both cgi and real buildings, it helped in giving the whole film an impressive sense of quality, the kind of feeling you were watching something very special.

    So yes well worth watching.
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    There are only two things about the prequel star wars movies that deserve any credit in my mind: They showed us that we can be tricked into thinking that Natalie Portman and Kiera Knightley are the same person, and the art team put a lot of effort into the movies, I feel bad for them.

    I for one am glad that George Lucas was bullied out of making the last 3. Only Uwe Bolle could have handled it worse.

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    Lucas ruined a lot of his own credibility for me. He edited classics (Fett's voice, Han's shot, etc) in order to fit the NEW stuff. How did he ever think that would go over well?
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    To be nitpicky, Han's shot wasn't messed with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Pancakes View Post
    There are only two things about the prequel star wars movies that deserve any credit in my mind: They showed us that we can be tricked into thinking that Natalie Portman and Kiera Knightley are the same person, and the art team put a lot of effort into the movies, I feel bad for them.

    I for one am glad that George Lucas was bullied out of making the last 3. Only Uwe Bolle could have handled it worse.

    I googled Greedo and now I feel like such a nerd.

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=greedo&oq=greedo&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.33 64j0j8&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

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    ust the fact it is shown as a t-shirt like WTF?

    That is the absolute definition of uber cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Pancakes View Post
    To be nitpicky, Han's shot wasn't messed with.
    They didn't change it? I thought they fixed it so Han shot second in the re-release. My bad, then.
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    Last edited by Beer w/Straw; December 4th, 2013 at 10:34 AM. Reason: url
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Pancakes View Post
    To be nitpicky, Han's shot wasn't messed with.
    They didn't change it? I thought they fixed it so Han shot second in the re-release. My bad, then.
    Oh..it was in one of the versions:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKEX6QJ-zlQ

    I'm not sure if they changed it back, in later releases due to the massive fan outrage.
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    For Han to have shot second, or first, implies that Greedo got to shoot at all. He didn't. Han shot Greedo, Greedo died.
    There was a perfect video of it, but it was taken down on copyright claims: This is the best I can show:


    Here are my thoughts on why Star Wars Episode 4, 5, and 6 were good, and why 1, 2, and 3 were not.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hidden_Fortress
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post

    I'm not sure if they changed it back, in later releases due to the massive fan outrage.
    This is one thing that I just don't get; the outrage some fans have about this. I mean, I'm a fan of Star Wars, and saw it during it original theatrical release, and I don't see the change as that big of a thing. The implication in the original version is that Greedo would've shot Han if Han hadn't shot first, so whether or not Greedo shoots first or not, in my mind, it was a matter of self-defense either way.

    On one hand, I don't think the change was needed, but on the other hand, I'm not upset about it either.
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    Glad to see your life still has meaning.
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