But I like the Star Wars prequels, in fact I love them, they're fucking fantastic. Obviously they're not as good as the originals, and there are issues with them, such as Hayden Christiansen's god awful acting, padme being a bit of an annoying twat and George Lucas managing to turn the most badass guy of all time into a whining little bitch. HOWEVER. They're like load imo. They get slated so much because it's not exactly what people want and is too much of a deviation from the originals, yes Jar Jar Binks was annoying, but at the end of the day we're talking about kids films. Yes they are kids films, all six of them. There are the aforementioned problems with them, but look past nostalgic fanboying and you'll see that there are some brilliant movies. In the sense of connecting the dots, they do that brilliantly, explaining and showing things that are only hinted at in the originals such as the clone wars, and how fucking badass the Jedi order actually was, and how they took care of business before they all died and obi wan/yoda got way past it. They show the full story of Vader, and even though I hate him turning form a badass into a moaning cunt, the showcase of him falling to the dark side and connecting the dots as to how he fulfils the prophecy and genuinely is the chosen one is nothing short of storytelling brilliance. Showing why there is a rebellion and a back tale as to what the rebels are fighting for beyond "evil dictatorship", and fighting to regain the democracy, which indirectly shows why Leia was part of the rebellion to begin with, being that her adoptive parents were major players in the republic and democracy. The major characters are fantastic, from showing Palpatine's rise to power with his plans, precisely and mercilessly pulling all the right strings on both sides of the republic and the trade federation to put himself in power, to Anakin's demise to the dark side due to the conflicting emotions he faces, Yoda's reasoning for exile and Obi-Wan's as well, and Padme's portrayal as a headstrong politician that does things for herself, and her subsequent death due to the tragedy of losing her parter, it's brilliance. The major issues with the films can all be put down to two things really. Most of them were shot aainst blue screen, meaning that the actors had nothing to work with, (I mean ffs, even Samuel L Jackson put in a relatively "meh" performance), and the fact that George Lucas cannot direct for shit. Best films in the originals? Empire and ROTJ, the two that george didn't direct/co-directed. Disagree if you like, but in my opinion the prequels are fucking brilliant, and as a final note, include some of my favourite quotes from the entire saga. "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause" The final moments of Revenge of the Sith are also incredible. The entire film builds up to the complete demise of Anakin to the dark side, the honesty in which he believes Padme and obi-Wan/The entire Jedi order have betrayed him and that they are evil, and the final battle between him and Obi-Wan is nothing short of electrifying. You can see the pain behind Obi-Wan in what he has to do. The final speech between the two of them after Obi-Wan has defeated Anakin is incredible, some of the best script writing and acting I have ever seen in my honest opinion, perfectly displaying the sadness Kenobi feels concerning his brother and student becoming everything they had devoted their lives to defeating. Add that to the juxtaposition of the surgery scenes, where Padme is giving birth in a white room and dying in tears of sadness, not pain, and Anakin is horrifically burned, in a dark room and being made into a part mechanical being by droids, and the first famous breath when he is completely encased in the suit, it's a spine tingling moment that also paints the picture of Vader as a man who is evil, but also broken and fragile, believing that he truly killed his love and (to his knowledge) singular child, further increasing the impact of the fight scene between Luke and Vader in ROTJ, when Vader realises Luke also has a sister. Honestly? I prefer episode 3 to episode 4. Although the "NOOOOOOOOOOO" hunk of shit that Vader comes out with once he's in the suit for the first time is horrifyingly cringe worthy.