Empire Delivers Faint Praise for the Prequels

Faint Praise for the Prequel Trilogy from Empire Magazine | Green Card Back

With The Last Jedi less than two weeks away the film magazine Empire has launched an as-expected Star Wars edition, this time featuring alternate Rey and Kylo covers, an art card showing the best of Disney’s recycled designs and, of most interest, a supplemental magazine celebrating the saga’s 40th anniversary.

The magazine focuses the most heavily on the Original Trilogy, with a further eight whole pages dedicated to the Holiday Special and the Ewok TV movies. The tone of the Return of the Jedi section is generally denigrating of Lucas, so it comes as some surprise to find a tidy four page article tucked away at the back that’s actually written in defence of the Prequel Trilogy (PT).

Well, sort of.

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Attack of the Clones Reappraised

In Defence of Attack of the Clones | Green Card Back

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Here’s an unpopular viewpoint for you: Attack of the Clones‘ biggest failing is down to audience expectation.

“Wait,” I hear you cry, “it’s biggest failing is that it’s terrible!”

Hey, I hear you. And I don’t completely disagree. Sloppy editing, self-consciously terrible dialogue, and a ‘classical’ love story that plays out incredibly unconvincingly all combine to make it the biggest slog of the Star Wars saga. The development of Yoda’s character isĀ either great or terrible, depending on how beholden you are to George’s view of the Jedi Order. The CG hasn’t aged all that well.

In short, the film is flawed. But it’s not as bad as PT-haters will have you believe – and here’s why.

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