Mark Hamill Is A Fan Of The ‘Star Wars’ Prequels
For a time, the idea was widespread that the Star Wars prequels by George Lucas had been an unmitigated failure, and for this we only have to go back to the reception of The Phantom Menace in 1999. It was then that criticism and The public agreed to oust Jar Jar Binks, the midichlorians, the boring political intrigues or a CGI that reinforced the distancing. But things have changed. The generation that discovered Star Wars thanks to the prequels has worked tirelessly to put them in the place they deserve … and the sequel trilogy by Disney has also been released, marked by the polarization of the audience and a final installment, The rise of Skywalker, which did not satisfy anyone.
All of which has led to an ever more intense revaluation, praising The Phantom Menace , Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith for their attempt to do something new, substituting the escapist adventure for the Shakespearean tragedy of Anakin Skywalker. Another of its great defenders has turned out to be Mark Hamill , interpreter of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and in the late Disney sequels, who apparently has always praised these films. It is one of the ideas that IndieWire draws from the recently published book Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life , written by JW Rinzler.about the hectic career of a producer who has The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi under his belt .
In this book, statements by Hamill about the prequel trilogy are quoted, and they are in perfect harmony with this revaluation. “I was impressed that the prequels had their own identity. They were criticized because they had a lot of exposure and were more cerebral and probably not that commercial. It was a darker story. But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified and it amazes me how brutal they can be, not just in the case of Star Wars but in any case. ” In addition to Hamill, Rinzler collects the opinions of Marcia Lucason the matter. In case her name is not familiar to you, she was the wife of George Lucas between 1969 and 1983, and one of the great responsible as editor that the original trilogy worked.
Marcia doesn’t share Hamill’s enthusiasm for the prequels her ex-husband directed, and in fact goes as far as to say that The Phantom Menace made him cry at how hideous it was. “George is, in his heart and soul, a good guy and a talented filmmaker. I wish I had directed other types of movies. But when I went to see Episode I (I had a friend at ILM who invited me to the preview) I cried, ”she recalls. “I cried because it did not seem very good to me (…) It seemed strange to me that the story was about this child who seemed to be six years old, but then he is supposed to get together with a princess who appears to be twenty years old. There were things that I didn’t like about the cast or the story… it was a lot of candy for the eyes ”.
But, if he did not like the prequels, much less did the sequels by JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson , which he fumes and assures that he was greatly angered by the death of Han Solo in The Force Awakens . “Kathy Kennedy and JJ Abrams do not understand Star Wars ” , sentence to the thread of the work of Abrams as director and screenwriter and of Kathleen Kennedy as president of Lucasfilm.