Why everyone who hates Star Wars prequels should stop hating the Star Wars prequels.

It's cool to hate, apparently…

There’s a song by The Offspring that’s called “Cool To Hate.” The Offspring hit really really big in the mid-1990s, just as the internet was really starting to take off all around the world.

So when The Phantom Menace flickered onto the silver screen in 1999, a lot of internet users knew that it was cool to hate and laid down the hate on the first Star Wars prequel via the net – it seemed like it was pretty much anyone with a keyboard, actually.

Venom spilled all over the information superhighway for that movie – and we're not really sure why. Some fans saw Phantom multiple times at the movie theater, it was that good. It's only a select number of movies that warrant several big-screen viewings.

But the hate for Star Wars continued over to Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith – and that's really sad because a lot of people really enjoyed those movies.

The haters are in a minority, but that’s hardly relevant. What is relevant is why everyone who hates Star Wars prequels should stop hating the Star Wars prequels.

Let’s caveat this – if we can all just agree that Jar Jar Bink’s sucked as a character, that would be great. Oh, we can’t? Why not? Because Star Wars are movies made for kids!

Let me repeat that. Star Wars are movies made for kids.

Jar Jar Binks was created by George Lucas with the intention of having children enjoy his bumbling antics. So if we assume that the Jar Jar haters are not kids, they can’t really complain about a character in a film intended to be loved by kids not being their cup of tea. Jar Jar is no Sponge Bob Squarepants for sure, but he does the job he was designed to do. Mostly.

Don’t believe the fact that Star Wars is meant to be for kids?

Even the Emperor himself says so:

“I’m usually approached by mums and dads of four-year-olds now who’ve been watching the movies, who are completely fascinated by them. And they won’t leave their television screens until they’ve seen the whole lot.

So it continues to grip, and it continues to grip kids. And even though, we all know with the prequels some of the adults who’d seen the early films were a bit disappointed, that’s not true of succeeding generations, which sort of means that these films are really going to go on forever, and that’s extraordinary, I think, and great.”

That quote captures the feeling quite nicely.
What does this mean? It means anyone over the age of 13 who hated the Star Wars prequels is entitled to their opinions but that hate is misdirected.
But there are still some real reasons why the hate needs to be dropped. And here are a few of them for your reading pleasure:
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10. Yoda turns out to be a total badass

In several theaters in which Attack of the Clones was being screened, people began cheering when Yoda and Count Dooku started to battle. Yoda was flipping around and using the Force as though he invented it. This was a great spectacle and showing Yoda in this light increased his standing in the Star Wars realm amongst fans. The prequels are great because they showed how great a Jedi the little green guy was.

9. Jango Fett and his young son, Bobby something, or was it Bibba?

Everyone loves Raymond Boba Fett. He’s become a bit of a cult figure for fans. Attack of the Clones gave us an insight into the character's origin and gave him a bit of life. To learn that the Clones were derived from Jango Fett and that his son was Boba was great storytelling.
The prequel also gave us a great fight between Jango and Obi-Wan Kenobi. What’s not to love about that?

8. Revenge of the Sith had the best opening of any Star Wars film

Yeah, Return of the Jedi was awesome when Luke rescued everyone but it was a slow build. Revenge of the Sith featured a battle over Coruscant where hundreds of ships were taking part in an epic space fight.

Anakin and Obi-Wan were flying around, dodging missiles, destroying ships and droids that were trying to eat their ship while on a frantic mission to rescue the Chancellor from the many clutches of General Grevious.

Featuring some of the best CGI ever done at the time, great camera work, amusing banter between the leads and some zippy music, this opening stanza of Revenge of the Sith was epic Star Wars magic.

It also featured the beheading of Count Dooku – a signal that things were about to get very dark across the Evil Empire due to a wayward Anakin.

There are also plenty of subtle moments, such as a cameo by Moff Tarkin and some clever cinematography between Anakin and Obi-Wan that reflects their sides of the Force.

7. Qui-Gon Jinn

Before Liam Neeson was Taken and Taken, again and again, he was Qui-Gon, one of the best Star Wars characters ever, if the truth is told.

Liam had a bloody tough assignment in carrying off such a pivotal character in The Phantom Menace but he managed to pull off “There’s always a bigger fish” with appropriate grace.

He also featured in one of the greatest lightsaber battles in the history of Star Wars movies. This neatly brings us to…

6. Darth Maul

The introduction of the red-and-black-faced Darth Maul was an instant classic Star Wars moment. If fans aren’t wearing golden bikinis to dress as Princes Leia, they are doing cosplay of Darth Maul. People love him. He was badass.

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5. The Pod Race scene was bigger than Ben Hur

Family fun at its absolute best. A dastardly Sebulba, fast engines, amazing sounds, pot shots from Sand People, life and death experiences, and a slave child beating the odds to win his freedom. Be honest with yourself, even if you say you hated The Phantoms Menace you actually loved this part of the movie.

4. When Anakin massacres the Jedi  Younglings

This was the first moment when Star Wars fans knew Anakin had well and truly turned to the Dark Side. Yes, he’d massacred the tribe of Sand People who had beaten and mistreated his mother so badly that she died of her injuries, but these were children we had actually met in Attack of the Clones.

Whilst Yoda teased Obi-Wan about losing a planet, these Jedi kids were the backdrop and were quite cute. For Anakin to come and kill them all in Revenge of the Sith was a chilling, chilling moment and perhaps one of the darkest moments in all of the saga. How can you hate such great storytelling?

3. You got to see the Clone Wars

The prequels meant we finally got to see the iconic Clone Wars (and not in cartoon form). Ever since Princess Leia mentioned the Clone Wars in A New Hope, fans had been wishing, wanting, and waiting to see them – and boy did we see them!

To put it simply, the Battle of Coruscant was one of the greatest action pieces Star War fans have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

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2. Obi-Wan is also a badass

Obi-Wan Kenobi never lost a one-on-one saber fight until the fateful day he raised his sword and allowed his Padawan learner to send him to be one with the Force. The prequels showed all those saber fights; Darth Maul, General Grevious, and Anakin Skywalker.

All great battles and his climactic duel with the angsty Sith Lord in training brought it all home for allthe Star Wars movies. That fight was the climax of the prequels but also gave A New Hope an even greater poignancy.

We now knew just how tragic Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader was.

1. The music by John Williams

Listen to “Duel of the Fates.”

It’s arguably some of the best music you could listen to from the movies. While it’s not as iconic as “The Imperial March,” it’s up there in terms of awesomeness. You can’t hate the Star Wars prequels if you agree “Duel of the Fates” is great movie music.

There you have it, these are just some of the reasons why the haters have got to stop. They probably never will but who cares – if you love Star Wars, you love Star Wars!

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