Thursday 2 February 2017

Mark Hamill defends the Star Wars prequels

Mark Hamill defends the Star Wars prequel trilogy following the announcement of The Last Jedi.

Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the original and sequel trilogies, said some fans overreacted to the films and treated Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker) unfairly.

“I couldn’t believe some of the things they [Star Wars fans] wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really beyond, ‘I didn’t like it’, ‘you ruined my childhood…’,” Hamill said.

He continued: “I’m still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only 10 years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George [Lucas] wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialogue.”

On the creator of Star Wars, Hamill had this to say. "I have issues with George, but I love that man, I would never… you know I don’t talk outside the family. It’s just brutal."

Whilst the prequels have their problems (what film franchise doesn't?) they were fun at the time and I'd be remiss to suggest otherwise. Hell, I watched The Phantom Menace 6 times at the cinema...

Looking ahead to this year's Star Wars movie. Director Rian Johnson recently said that the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Rey is set to be a major part of The Last Jedi.

He added: “I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” he said. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens… part of what’s she’s [Rey] dealing with is the realisation that she has this power and this gift. She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”

So, do you think the Star Wars prequels deserve better? Let me know in the comments below.

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