I am an admitted non-fan of the prequel trilogy; I’ve never claimed otherwise. I’m not going to now.
But folks: It’s time to get over the prequels.
Yeah, maybe you don’t think the movies are that great. This isn’t about the quality of the films, or lack thereof. I’m not going to pull any of that ‘true fan’ bullshit: We’re all entitled to our opinions. It’s okay to not like them. Sometimes the jokes are funny!
But it’s 2013. It’s been eight years since Revenge of the Sith. 11 years since Attack of the Clones. 14 since The Phantom Menace. The hate is stale. Let it go.
The prequels are what they are: Accept it. They’re done. They might not all get released in 3D, but they’re not going to go away, either. No one is going to force you to watch them, or buy them, or even think about them if you don’t want to. (If I can run a Star Wars blog and manage not to dwell on this, so can you!) Stop picking at the wound long enough to let it heal.
And, come on, they’re not going to remake them. Not anytime soon, anyway: It’s a waste of time, money and effort. You have an idea of how to improve the prequels? Write a fanfic. Make a fan film. See it through somehow yourself… Don’t ask Lucasfilm to remake movies when they have plenty of ideas to chose from that haven’t already been done. (And to quote a wiser fan than I, “businesses don’t do this.” )
And yes, the prequels do have fans, and that’s okay. People used to despise Return of the Jedi, too. People ‘hate’ a lot of things; That doesn’t mean no one actually likes them.
We know what’s coming, and it’s sequels and standalones. Yes, there’s a very real fear that these new movies may sour some fans even further, but I believe Kathleen Kennedy’s Lucasfilm is more than aware of that – and that they know the challenge that’s ahead of them, and the scrutiny they’ll be under.
But on that count, is it really so hard to have a little faith? Or at least to wait and see? Let’s look forward for new movies – not back.