Would we find the whole “Star Wars” movie saga generally more enjoyable were we to stop complaining about the three prequel films?
A common defense of the prequels is that they’re not for adults, but for children. That’s no defense at all – what entertains a child, especially in fantasy, is not so different than what entertains an adult. Children respond to verisimilitude and the gravity of a well-constructed world just as much as any grown up. (See: Star Wars.) So if the prequels were bad, it’s not because they were for children. It’s because they were just bad.