Rian Johnson's Analysis of Star Wars Prequels Will Change How You See Them

The Star Wars prequels remain something of a bone of contention among fans of the franchise but director Rian Johnson's defense of the films might just change how some people see them.

A tweet by twitter user Scott Malthouse began doing the rounds this weekend in which he asked his followers to: "Say a genuinely nice thing about the Star Wars prequels."

The Star Wars prequel trilogy consists of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Amid the many responses was one from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) director Johnson who praised the films.

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Rian Johnson speaks onstage at the Journey to Star Wars panel during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 12, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW) Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW

He tweeted: "Lucas made a gorgeous 7 hour long movie for children about how entitlement and fear of loss turns good people into fascists, and did it while spearheading nearly every technical sea change in modern filmmaking of the past 30 years."

Lucas made a gorgeous 7 hour long movie for children about how entitlement and fear of loss turns good people into fascists, and did it while spearheading nearly every technical sea change in modern filmmaking of the past 30 years.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 29, 2020

Johnson's analysis has certainly gotten fans thinking and has more than 28,000 likes at the time of reporting, although plenty of responses still disagree with him.

One fan agreed: "That's pretty much it. The best possible compliment you could give. Inspired hope in children and moved entertainment technology forward a generation."

That’s pretty much it. The best possible compliment you could give. Inspired hope in children and moved entertainment technology forward a generation.

— Roy Gilbert ⚓️ 🇺🇸 (@roygilbert) June 29, 2020

Yet another argued: "They were better than the Rian Johnson Films. There I said a nice thing about the prequels."

They were better than the Rian Johnson Films.

There I said a nice thing about the prequels.

— Thrifty Shell (@TheThriftyShell) June 29, 2020

Why is it then that everyone still seem to hate the Star Wars prequels? An article from Vox in 2019 on the subject pretty much sums it up: "The Star Wars prequels are bad. They're stilted and strange, with bland stories that get stuck in first gear, performances that can't escape director George Lucas's apparent desire to create an emotionless universe, and gratuitous visual effects that at times seem to be the movies' main reason to exist."

In 2015, Slate wrote: "Because they're not as good as the first trilogy, and the expectations were high. And also because they're just really bad movies in their own right."

Some other responses praising the prequels (other than Johnson) include one from a twitter user who said: "1) Saber fight in Episode 1 is both beautiful and key to storyline. 2) Episode 3 is a legitimately good story. 3) Contains key missing ingredient from all other sci-fi: Legislative procedure."

1) Saber fight in Episode 1 is both beautiful and key to storyline.
2) Episode 3 is a legitimately good story.
3) Contains key missing ingredient from all other sci-fi: Legislative procedure.

— Seth Masket (@smotus) June 29, 2020

While another added: "an artist got to make EXACTLY the films he wanted to make, and they are the most successful independent films in history."

an artist got to make EXACTLY the films he wanted to make, and they are the most successful independent films in history.

— javier grillo-marxuach (@OKBJGM) June 29, 2020

However, you can't win 'em all, with many Star Wars fans maintaining that the trilogy is just simply, bad.