Forgiving George Lucas for the Star Wars prequels, but Ewoks?

Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

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.

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