So we’re weeks away from the release of The Last Jedi, and to prepare I’ve been going through and watching the saga once again, in chronological order, not only for myself, to immerse myself into the world, both good and bad, of the Star Wars saga, but also because my girlfriend has never seen the prequels, so for better or for worse, we’re going through them, one movie at a time.
The one thing you can say about George Lucas for certain, is that he is a man who loves movie making technology almost as much as he loves making the movies themselves. This movie was no exception, as this was the first major motion picture shot entirely in digital format. No film was used during the production of this movie, a feat that is now standard use today.
But technology aside, this movie is really where things fall apart story wise. In a perfect world, the prequel trilogy for Star Wars would have been: Episode I: The Clone Wars, preluded with an already teenaged Anakin Skywalker. Episode II: The Separatists Strike Back, where we get the real meat of the Clone Wars, going into Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
Sadly, that isn’t what we have. The whole trilogy should have been built around the Clone Wars and Palpatine’s rise to power but instead we get the beginnings of the War, and the end, with the whole war happening in a TV show that wouldn’t be added to the canon until a few years later.
But that isn’t even the worst part of the prequels. No, where the movie really fails the overall saga is its treatment of the Anakin/Padme story. This should be one of the great sci-fi love stories and tragedies in this genre of film, but it comes across as Anakin being creepily obsessed with Padme since he last saw her, and in fact her reactions to him for the first half of the movie really seem like she’s uncomfortable with him and his advances.
It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a deleted scene, showing him use the force on her to change her feelings toward him as the rest of the relationship in this movie feels so out of place and forced (no pun intended).
In fact, the only reason I try to look past that stuff is for the sake of the story. They need to work because that’s how we get Luke and Leia. But this movie makes it really difficult to feel anything for these two characters as a couple.
Overall this movie is easily the weakest and worst part of the prequels, Jar Jar be damned, it’s Anakin Creepstalker that really puts a stain on the franchise.