This June, Establishing Shot will feature a miniseries we’re calling Here’s Looking at You, 2002 as we take a look back at films celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Today, Noni Ford points out the merits of one of the most polarizing Star Wars flicks George Lucas ever made.
What I’m about to write may divide any casual readers of this article but here it goes: I unapologetically enjoy the Star Wars prequels. And yes, I know that the prequels have been roundly ridiculed, mocked, and memed to death by many die-hard Star Wars fans for years. A few years ago, if you were to ask me what I thought about Star Wars, I probably would talk about the original trilogy but I wouldn’t dare mention the prequels for fear of sparking a messy debate that could go on for hours. But now with the Obi-Wan Kenobi show and the new reassessments of the prequels, I’ve seen the tide start to turn as more and more people have begun to appreciate them for what they are: great action-adventure films with some corny lines that only work in the context of the film, but boy do they work. So now I finally feel emboldened enough to reveal my true feelings about the movie Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones on the year of its 20th anniversary. (more…)