Henry.Weissmann    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

5 Reasons to Love the Prequels

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At the Star Wars Celebration, Hayden Christensen walked out onto the stage to thunderous applause. 

Now, I’m not saying I would have booed him, but the enthusiasm surprised me, due to the amount of hate the prequels normally receive. 

It made me realize despite my problems with the prequels, they are not irredeemable, and in fact are loved for some fairly good reasons.

Lightsaber battles

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, shall we? 

The lightsaber fights in the prequels are leagues better than the one in episode IV, and the improved choreography made them all pleasant to watch. 

True, some lacked the emotional depth that the original trilogy battles had (Looking at you every lightsaber battle in episode 2). However, the fights were engaging and fun to watch.

Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan

What can I say about this performance that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? 

In a trilogy of some terrible acting, Ewan McGregor manages to make Obi-Wan come alive. 

By the end of Episode 3, I felt that I was looking at someone who could become the Jedi I saw in Episode 4. 

Contrast that with Hayden Christensen’s whiny performance as Anakin (to no fault of his own, I don’t think anyone could have acted well with that script) and you see how Obi-Wan’s character truly shines.

Musical score

No matter who you are, no matter how much you hate the prequels, if you are a Star Wars fan, you have Duel of Fates on your playlist. 

John Williams delivers an excellent score with Across the Stars, Battle of Heroes, Anakin’s Theme and so many more. 

There are so many amazing songs created for the trilogy, that it’s almost worth it to watch them, just to hear the music paired with the action.

Episode 3

The best of the worst. The tallest midget. Call it what you will, but Revenge of the Sith is actually, pretty good. 

It may be too long at times, and Anakin may go from Jedi loyalist, to Sith Lord really quickly, but there are so many redeeming factors. The opening scene is an amazing space battle, the likes of which we had yet to see. 

The two main lightsaber battles; between Obi-Wan and General Grievous which was just cool to watch, and the match between Anakin and Obi-Wan which was filled with emotion. 

When Obi-Wan shouts, “You were the chosen one.” I still get shivers down my spine. 

Episode 3 has enough redeeming moments that it wipes out the bad ones, and is a solid movie.

Great kid's movies

You want to know my deepest darkest secret? I liked the prequels when I was a kid. 

Not only that, I loved Jar-Jar. I thought he was hilarious. So did thousands of other kids my age. 

Now, when I got older I learnt to hate the prequels for so, so many reasons, all of which are still valid. 

But at their heart, Star Wars is a series made for children. 

The original trilogy was made in a way that was enjoyable to both adults and children, but the prequels lacked that special something. 

But, for those kids who loved the prequels when they were younger, they have become part of the Star Wars family. They were the ones cheering Hayden Christensen. And if the prequels make more people love Star Wars, all the more power to them. 

His name's technically Chanoch, but goes by Henry because it's pronounceable. He has an indescribable love for Star Wars, and is finally getting around to playing Undertale. He currently attends the University of Baltimore, working towards his English degree.
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