[This Review Contains Spoilers]
Originally Posted March 15th, 2016
I really do appreciate George Lucas’ attempts to create an entirely different, brand new trilogy by making the prequels. However, I did not like any of the three movies and, in my opinion, this one is the worst.
The biggest problem in this film is the characters. There are countless other flaws in this movie ranging from small to horribly large, but this one is what, in my opinion, ultimately ruined the prequel trilogy. In the original trilogy, Darth Vader was quiet, methodical, and always kept calm no matter what the situation. In this movie, he is depicted as a whiny, annoying, impulsive brat that is extremely difficult to like or relate to. He complains about everything and has very few heroic moments in the film to make up for it. I could deal with the awful romantic dialogue and poorly done action sequences if these characters were simply likable. Padme is extremely boring and basically has no personality. Other boring characters include Mace Windu, Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Count Dooku. These characters simply aren’t well-written, and that’s saying something because the Yoda from the original trilogy is one of the best characters in cinematic history.
Although I am glad that Lucas got rid of all of the terrible slapstick humor from the first movie, which included giving Jar Jar the boot, it results in a dry movie that is completely void of humor. Although the originals didn’t have a ton of jokes, the ones that were included were creative and funny. The one that I liked the most was when Han was talking over the intercom while pretending he was a stormtrooper. Although getting rid of the awful slapstick humor was a good choice, I wish Lucas included at least a few jokes to lighten up the mood. There is that one hilarious scene that I love where Obi-Wan does the Jedi mind-trick on some drug dealer. I just wish they included more humor like this.
One of my favorite things from the originals was how they set up an incredible world with realistic aliens, droids, technology, and planets. This was all replaced with CGI in the prequel trilogy. I have absolutely no problem with CGI and I understand that movies would not be the same without it, but this doesn’t mean I think it is a good idea to use it in every scene of a movie like in Attack of the Clones. Even The Phantom Menace used less of it, and the fact that the CGI holds up so poorly in Clones just rubs salt in the wound. This is also why I did not care for the action sequences. They’re full of CGI and look completely fake. New Super Mario Bros for the DS looks better. (Ok, not really. But you get the point.)
I liked the lightsaber fight in the Phantom Menace despite its dance-like choreography. Sure, it looked fake and was void of emotion until the very end, but it looked cool and it was exciting so I still liked it. But the duels in this movie are probably the worst of the saga. Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting Dooku was extremely over-choreographed and did not look like real people fighting to survive. That is what I loved so much about the fight in the Force Awakens: it brought back that realness and actually looked and felt like people fighting with swords. They also ruined Yoda’s character by having him fight with a lightsaber. In the originals, Yoda proved that the force had the power to make a small creature like him a warrior. He even made a point as to show Luke why the force was more powerful than any weapon he could own.
The romantic dialogue is also awful. I need not say more.
There weren’t any redeeming qualities in the movie either. I really didn’t like very much about this movie in all honesty. I guess some of the droids were creative and cool-looking and Lucas did make an honest effort to flesh out the Star Wars universe, but that’s about it.
Overall, this is a bad movie but, ultimately, it led to the return of the characters we love and for that reason, I really can’t complain.