Ranking the Star Wars prequel movies

First off, i’d like to preface this with what I see as major flaws throughout the entire prequel trilogy.  The story is still great but the entire prequel trilogy lacks the magic the original trilogy has.  It’s easy to say that it’s almost impossible to create the magic of an original, but the prequels lack far behind.  There were simple, obvious things the creators could have done to make things better, but they must have decided to go in a different direction.  So here i’ll state some things that I believe should have been done different for all three movies:

  • creators didn’t have to shoot almost everything entirely infront of blue-screens, actual sets could have been created to make things more realistic
  • the use of digital effects and computerized clone troopers, instead creators could have built actual costumes and had real people wear them, just because something is easier to do doesn’t make it better, the digital effects are also often too prominent in the movies
  • silly things that try to appeal to little kids, aka Jar Jar Binks
  • bad dialogue throughout the trilogy, especially between Anakin and Padme
  • horrible acting by Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman

I’m not completely down on the prequels.  There are some great things that exist throughout all of them.  I’ll list what I thought creators did right:

  • improved lightsaber fights
  • Ian McDiarmid’s return as Palpatine
  • great story lines, especially Revenge
  • Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan
  • great space battle scenes, especially the beginning of Revenge


By far the best of the prequel trilogy is Revenge of the Sith.  It’s where things really get shaky and we witness the final collapse of the republic and Anakin’s final shift towards the dark side of the force.  One thing that adds great credibility to the movie is Ian McDiarmid’s great acting as the charismatic Chancellor Palpatin, who’s also behind the scenes the scheming Darth Sidious plotting to transform the republic into a Galactic empire.  Hayden Christensen’s acting is still not good, but it’s slightly improved since his debut in Attack of the Clones.

By the end of the movie the viewer is left with a sense of real tragedy as the republic finally collapses once and for all and Darth Vader is officially created.  Familiar scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy become prevalent and by the movie’s end Lucas does a great job of tying the two trilogies together.  One of the most tragic scene from the movie is probably when we see Padme’s funeral.  The best lightsaber duel scene from the movie probably isn’t even Anakin’s duel with Kenobi(even though that’s still amazing) but Yoda’s duel with Darth Sidious.


Episode 1 debuted after nearly 17 years of no Star Wars movies and one thing longtime fans didn’t want to see was Lucas trying to appeal to young kids.  Enter Jar Jar Binks, probably one of the most annoying creatures to ever make an appearance in a movie.  He’s a computer generated character, so perhaps there’s still hope he can be edited out of future re-releases of the movie, but I wont get my hopes up.  But one of the amazing things is that Lucas introduces a bad guy who’s probably one of the coolest looking villans in cinema history.  Enter Darth Maul.  And then we have Liam Neeson, who always goes above and beyond in his acting.  Ewan McGregor was a perfect choice for Kenobi.  The lightsaber duels are simply amazing.


Less Jar Jar was a good thing but Hayden Christensen’s acting is simply too bad.  Attack of the Clones focuses heavily on the love story between Anakin and Padme, but the two characters fail to display much chemistry, especially Christensen.  Also, there’s too much computer generation and special effects.  Instead of computer generating a person walking or running, why not actually have a real person dress in the costume and film them? Instead, it sometimes looks more like a bad PS2 game.  That’s especially true for the scenes involving the clone troopers and this appears again in Revenge.  It makes things too slick, too animated, and not so real.  That’s not to say the movie is completely bad, it’s still entertaining and the story is good.


One thought on “Ranking the Star Wars prequel movies

  1. KL

    All the CGI are not neccessarily bad if you actually have a compelling story and good acting to go along with it. That is the main two weaknesses of the Star Wars prequels. Take for example, the British TV series “Blake’s Seven”. The effects are poverty-row, but the series was infinitely more compelling because it has good performances and a coherent and interesting storyline.


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