I’ve read yesterday two pieces, one at USA Today and one at Daily Dot, that purport to defend the prequels (or at least TPM). Sorry but your efforts are “meh.” The USA Today article spent entirely too many pixels conceding the same tired basherific talking points instead of really going into why she claims she loves the films. The Daily Dot article was a total joke, nothing more than a left-handed swipe at the prequels as a whole while mildly sticking up for a few things in TPM.
You might think that we beleaguered prequel fans would appreciate anything kind at all to say about our beloved films and unfortunately, some are willing to accept any port in a storm. Not me though. I think the films and we as fans deserve a lot better than weak, spaghetti-spined columns, faint praises, or left-handed compliments. If you can’t break from the Jar Jar bashing, complaining about the acting or dialogue, or how much you hate the Anakin/Padmé romance, then you’re just wasting your time and most importantly, you’re wasting MY time.
Isn’t it fair, you might say, to have some criticisms of the films in your piece? I might ask, why no one who writes gooey retrospective pieces about Eps IV-VI is ever expected to note poor direction, dialogue, or acting in their pieces? Nobody concedes criticisms of Eps IV-VI. When was the last time somebody said or wrote, “You know, Pauline Kael had a solid point about ANH.” Even the ROTJ Ewok bashing stuff has faded out quite a bit (not that this isn’t a positive development).
Editors, it is entirely possible to find a writer out there who genuinely loves these movies and can adequately articulate why without having to concede anything or engage in his own bashing. I work cheap!
Perhaps I am looking a gift horse in the mouth and should appreciate even the slightest change in tone in your approach to the prequels. But I don’t think I am. It’s been too long already and for me, my whole enjoyment of Star Wars and how I view other fans is forever scarred. None of you seem to appreciate or understand that.
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