To say that the Star Wars prequels are controversial would be an understatement. Leading up to May 19, 1999 fans young and old alike were very excited for The Phantom Menace only to be disappointed with what director George Lucas had delivered.
As the trilogy continued with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, fans only got more bitter with Lucas’ direction of the series, not to mention the additional changes he included in the 2004 DVD releases of the Original Trilogy. However, as time has gone on the question must be asked: are the prequels really that bad?
Let me preface by acknowledging that the prequels are not perfect. They are certainly weaker than the original films with some clunky dialogue, cringe-worthy acting and poor attempts at humour. However, I agree with Mark Hamill’s statements about prequels. He said