There’s a reason why I posted that Homework Assignment yesterday. The L.A. Slimes posted a piece (you can find the link on TFN) about screenwriters pitching ideas for Ep. VII that devolved into you guessed it, collective prequel bashing and lying mc lies. It even claimed that ROTS got a “critical mauling” when it came out in 2005. As Jonathan Bowen put on his Facebook page:
It’s actually really annoying because I feel like it is working to erode reality to some extent, it’s like this massive history revision of what actually happened and what people actually thought. The Phantom Menace got an A from CinemaScore, that’s exit polling done right out of the theater, and it AVERAGED an A rating from moviegoers. Revenge of the Sith was an A+. So where is this huge majority I keep hearing about who hated the prequels?! It doesn’t exist. But I swear about 90% of people in the media hate Star Wars. It’s some weird convergence where the age range is just right, the mentality is just right, and suddenly you have a group with a lot of voice telling us all that we are the minority. I’m not the minority. Most people enjoyed the prequels. I’m not saying most people loved them or that they’re everyone’s favorite films, but I am saying they were well received and enjoyed by the vast majority of moviegoers. I also get annoyed that it always becomes “the prequels,” as if it’s basically one movie. It’s true that TPM had a rocky reception among die-hard fans and that the reviews were iffy, positive overall but kind of all over the board. It is not true that Revenge of the Sith shared a similar fate. It was given some of the year’s best reviews and fans loved it. A lot of the people who hated the first two prequels, the crazy bashers, still loved ROTS. So I have no idea what these people keep writing about “THE prequels” for like it’s just no different at all.