It’s no mystery that when the Star Wars Prequels were released, opinions were divided. On one hand you had fans that seemed reasonably happy with the films, and on the other, you had a very vocal group of fans who despised the movies and believed them substandard to the Original Trilogy.
There’s been a lot of Star Wars buzz on the web lately. From the planned re-release of all six films (if they perform well) in 3D format, to the upcoming release of the films on Blu-Ray with deleted scenes and other bonus materials, to latest news bytes about the developing live-action series, it seems that there’s always stuff out there for Star Wars followers.
Unfortunately, when it comes to reporting a lot of Star Wars content, it seems that facts of projects or news as they come to light continue to get tainted by the negative opinion some writers have of the prequel trilogy.
Don’t get me wrong. You are welcome to have your opinion on the Star Wars prequels. I’m not saying that’s the problem.
The problem is a grating development among some blog writers where they begin to perceive and tout their opinions as ‘facts’. You’ve probably noticed it… in fact you may have noticed this at some sites writing about movies other than Star Wars too (the most recent victim being Green Lantern — they start hyping it up before its release, then crucify it when it comes out). Some of these writers (who believe that they are professional critics because they may have posted a review on the internet) have developed an elitist superiority complex about these opinions of theirs.
What seems to be forgotten is that a majority of these movies they cry “RAPE” over are just fun popcorn flicks. Some of them, like the Star Wars saga, are designed as multi-generational tales, but aimed specifically at children. These individuals hold utter contempt towards these movies, because they scrutinize and dissect them, searching for deeper meanings, or evaluating performance or direction.
While that is totally cool for contemporary popular films with a lot of deeper meanings and metaphorical representations on screen, Star Wars (and other movies like it) is created specifically for fun.
Sure, if you are a geek like myself, you may have a tendency to look further into the in-universe aspects of the franchise (books, comics, games, etc.) and steep yourself into the lore of the Force and the Jedi and the Sith and so on… but once more, that is part of all the fun.
So when I read articles where a big shot jumps up and down over and over again about how much The Phantom Menace sucks, and attempts to secure that viewpoint as a fact instead of an opinion, I get both angry and confused.
What is the point? The movie came out 12 years ago!
These blog writers also make big fusses about news like the 3D releases of the Star Wars movies, or the release on Blu-Ray. Any news that comes out relating to the prequels becomes a target by these elitists to cyclically propagate their message that their opinions are facts and you must accept them. But you don’t have to endure them — you have your own opinion on movies.
And yet, they continue to berate the prequels in a “George Lucas raped my childhood” method. Again, allow me to point out: The Phantom Menace came out 12 years ago — we heard your opinion the first time. I am not sure why it’s such a big deal to these people. They clearly don’t enjoy the prequels, and they have a predisposition to only highlight the negative comments about them.
So don’t watch them. Don’t involve yourself. Go watch a different movie. It’s not for you.
Now, let me be clear. You might be reading this and have a negative opinion of the prequels. And that is fine. I’m not saying your opinion doesn’t count — it does. What I am saying is that it’s my position that these writers have developed a superiority complex when it comes to these movies, and that, in and of itself is, really, getting old.
We get it. You hate them. But just because you can’t stand them, doesn’t mean that you’re “right” or “correct.” It just means you dislike them.
There are plenty of the rest of us that love the movies and enjoy them.