Star wars it is going through a very important renovation stage. The franchise created by George Lucas had several missteps with its most recent trilogy, starring Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 61% did not end up connecting as well with fans, who believe that much of the classic story was lost with these new characters. In fact, the poor reception of the latest films has caused a strange effect in which the expert fans have decided to re-evaluate the prequels starring Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman.
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When Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – 55% premiered in 1999, fans didn’t know what to expect. On the one hand, it was exciting to have a good excuse to keep digging into the franchise; but on the other hand, the first installment did not cause as much impact. In these years, the figure of George Lucas It changed a lot, and although there are moments that remained in the memory of the public, Christensen’s work as Anakin was brutally attacked by everyone. Back then, the only entirely positive thing to come out of the prequels was the fact that this universe still had several stories to tell, and that worked best in animation and even novels.
Little by little and thanks to a new look, the prequels are being analyzed from another perspective. Much has been defended for the work of the actors and what history brings to other events that we have seen over the years. In fact, Christensen’s return has been requested so much, partly as a general apology and partly as an opportunity to fix the damage to his career, that his participation in the series has already been confirmed. Obi-Wan Kenobi, where he will work again with Ewan McGregor. Of all the opinions that may exist about this trilogy, the comments of someone like Mark Hamill will always be heard the most, and it is interesting to know that he sees them in a very positive way.
In the most recent book of JW Rinzler focused on the figure of the producer Howard Kazanjian, there is an interview with Mark Hamill where he clarifies his position on the prequels. In this talk (via IndieWire), the actor explains:
I was impressed that the prequels had their own identity. They were criticized for explaining too much and being more cerebral and probably, as was said in 1976, they were not so commercial. It is a darker story.
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What Hamill also highlights about the prequels is that they were released in a very different context, one that has even evolved in recent years. Social media makes news go viral very quickly, and the same goes for opinions, whether good or bad:
But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified, and I’m amazed at how brutal they can be, not just in the Star Wars movies, but across the board.
This last comment is very accurate. At the time, and when the expansion of the Internet was just beginning, the groups specialized in Star wars and the movie forums were filled with hateful comments against Hayden Christensen, Jake Lloyd and even Ahmed Best, who gave life to the hated Jar Jar Binks. In the case of the recent trilogy, it cannot be ignored how much Daisy ridley and to Kelly Marie Tran, who disappeared her public accounts to avoid having to deal with racism and sexism from the public.
In the end, the prequels are definitely relevant to the saga because they allowed us to explore more of Darth Vader’s history and past politics. Furthermore, it is evident that George Lucas I wanted to give more details of his universe and put all that information in these films, which have been used by those who like to discover and highlight the inconsistencies or contradictions of the last trilogy. Star wars It still has a lot to offer, so maybe in the future the prequels will be considered classics and the new ones will also be revalued.
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