I recently debated someone over the merits of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy. My point: they serve their purpose. Do they pale in comparison to the simple storytelling and enthusiastic performances of the original three? A bit, but Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, while drowning in their muddled political plots, do add an important element to the world of Star Wars: more frickin’ Star Wars.
The six films of the Star Wars saga are a triumph of world building. The fact that a shot of General Grevious (even more annoying than Jar Jar Binks) flailing around with four lightsabers still looks badass speaks to this truth. Now that the mythology is built, the cool Star Wars extrapolating can take place. The movies are basically a montage of iconic imagery.
Nothing will prove this theory more than the final trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Blu-rays, set to hit shelves September 12. The power of John Williams memorable score is undeniable, and when paired with crisp shots form the series, plus glimpses at the set’s many behind-the-scenes documentaries—well, it gets the blood pumping.
Check out the trailer below, then tell me if I’m right or wrong about the prequels.