With anticipation building for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans are revisiting the much-hated prequels. Are they as bad as we remember? Jesse Hassenger of the AV Club says no.
“Some of this is understandable. The very best sequels and prequels earn comparisons with their predecessors, and it would be difficult to argue that the Star Wars prequels are better than the original trilogy; at minimum, they’re less novel and fresh, and their story by design holds fewer surprises. At their worst, the prequels signal a troubling lack of interest from writer-director George Lucas in the apparently tedious business of writing and directing—or at least directing actors. The series was never built on witty banter, but the awkward phrasings stick out more when Lucas seems to focus on digitally pasting together bits of footage into ‘perfect’ compilation takes that don’t always give his actors the space they need to transcend the B-movie dialogue.”