Quoted from Jason43:
We'll have to agree to disagree. It's fine that people like them, but the prequels are some of the finest examples of shit filmmaking out there. 3 is watchable at best. 1 and 2 are bad on almost every level. And it ain't because of jar jar or Jake Loyd. The directing, writing, dialogue, acting, plot, pacing, editing... all horrid. To the point that it's dumbfounding. People don't hate the prequels because it's ingrained in our culture. They hate them because they're garbage. Like I said, it's fine to like them. I like my fair share of horrible movies. But let's not try to pretend that the prequels are some kind if misunderstood classics here.
Quoted from Methos:
The 2nd and 3rd one were garbage. Almost unwatchable for me.
When I saw that C3PO go through that Droid factory, I made a vow never to watch Clones again.
I think it's almost impossible to separate the OT from our psyches at this point, as much as we do the Prequels or these newer, lesser films.
The reality is these are all still solid popcorn fantasy movies at best. I can't even think of one single scene, at this point, where I felt shifted, changed, pondered, etc from a character engaging the world around them, or directly interacting with another character or part of the world.
Visually they take us to another world, but they're far from being incredible films. Incredible movies, sure! And the ideas they speak towards, represent, and have us get excited by are amazing, but these films don't really exist to challenge us or make us ponder aspects of life.
So I think when we hold the OT as sacrosanct, it's really in such a specific way and vision.
Hell, I've watched some Gaspar Noe, and a couple older Wim Wenders films lately, that made me reflect, had me excited to discuss ideas, and wonder what the intent of the film maker or actor was in very specific ways.
Star Wars on the other hand, always got me visually excited to see and wonder about new worlds, but I doubt that I've ever truly wondered a good bit about myself, the acts of humanity and nature of it, or anything on a larger, more moving scale....
Though, Palpatine at least is pretty amazing to take in at times. I guess, not for long though....