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I just watched a "preview" version of the Han Solo prequel. This is IMHO the best film since Ep.7 (spoiled only by a certain prequel character turning up at the end for no good reason). didn't do anything to make me care about any of its cartoonish characters, and ... well ... almost nothing in the plot made sense and it suffered from some *major* prequelitis, but it was ... OK. If I can, I'll pay money to see on a big screen.

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@strypey
I seem to have enjoyed Rogue One more that you did.

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@SlowRain it wasn't as bad as the prequels. That's about the best review I can come up with. Nothing (except for the digitally vandalized originals) is worse than the prequels. Even Ep. 8 looks good compared to that bloated mess. But come on, how many times did we have to see shots of that lookout guy on Yavin, and all the other tiresome ? *yawn*

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@strypey
I actually like the prequels (with the exception of III) better than VII & VIII. I really don't like this new direction they're going with the main series. The anthologies, even the mediocre Solo, are more enjoyable for me.

How would you rate the Star Wars movies?

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@SlowRain @whistlewright @lnxw48a1 maybe there's a fundamental divide here in what people are looking for in ? Some of us watch for the stories, especially the characters arcs, and some of us watch for the battle scenes, novel use of , and the general visual spectacle. If the latter is what you're after, the prequels and serve you much better, and isn't going to be nearly as interesting, since its primarily a character-driven film.

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@strypey
I break novels down into 4 parts: plot, character, language/atmosphere, meaning/knowledge. A good novel for me would be a relative balance between all of those.

It's similar for me with movies, but movies have the added attributes of acting (character) & special effects (atmosphere).

Star Wars has never been strong on character or emotion. They're mostly about the plot & the world with some interesting people.

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@SlowRain I agree with the first 2 pars, and I'd add that plots and characters are two sides of the same coin. Without good characters, plot is just a series of set pieces (explosion, car chase, fistfight, romantic moment, spaceship etc), and without a compelling plot, even the mostly fleshed out characters are just floating in space.

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@SlowRain but I couldn't disagree more about par 3. As a child, 4-6 were all about spaceships battles, lazer sword duels, and weird looking aliens, and I found the old TV series just as entertaining. But rewatching 4-6 as an adult I realize how much I identified with Luke (Han too, but more so Luke), and his battle with his father's , and his own. It's very emotional for me.

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@SlowRain that's why I found the prequels so underwhelming. I *wanted* to care about the fate of the people in those films, I really did. But the characters were so badly written, and so badly acted,
due to Lucas' inability to direct actors (he does much better directing ), I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of them.

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@SlowRain This was *especially* the case with young Annakin (sorry Jake Lloyd, it's not your fault, but you were painful to watch). Hayden Christensen was also miscast, Ewan McGregor would have made a better Annakin. Liam Neeson was tragically wasted as Qui Gon, and would have made a great young Obiwan.

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@SlowRain . I would have had Ewan play Annakin in Ep 1 too, but making him look as young as possible with costume, make-up, and lighting. Maybe present him as early teens (13-15?) in Ep 1, then about 18-20 in Ep 2, so about the same 5 year gap, but with no jarring boy>man leap between Ep1-2

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@strypey
I agree the gap between Ep. 1 & 2. But I'm not sure about Ewan McGregor playing a teenager. Not even sure we needed to see Anakin as a boy/teenager. Starting in his 20s would've been fine.

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@SlowRain Ewan McGregor totally looks like a teenager with his rats tail in Ep 1. Some people actually think it's a different actor (because one doesn't have a beard and one does?). But sure, the key point is that we didn't need to see Luke as a boy to see his innocence and gee whiz naivety, and we didn't need to see Obiwan as a boy (or Qui Gon). The same is true of Annakin

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