As Luke Skywalker, if anyone has a right to say things about the ‘Star Wars‘ franchise, it is Mark Hamill. He’s recently made some remarks that might stir up fans by calling the prequel trilogy as being more creative than ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ‘ Before anyone who couldn’t stand those Jar Jar Binks infested movies stands up in uproar, you should hear his reasoning why before throwing your opinion down. I mean, he could just wave his hand and tell you that these aren’t the movies that you are looking for. We should at least hear Hamill out first.
This took place in a recent interview with the actor where he was talking about the franchise and shared his thoughts on ‘Phantom Menace’, ‘Attack of the Clones’, and ‘Revenge of the Sith’.
While he didn’t outright say that he enjoyed them more than ‘The Force Awakens,’ he did say that the departure Lucas took from the originals is what Hamill did enjoy about them:
“What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI. And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again.”
As ‘The Force Awakens’ was pretty much a soft reboot of the franchise that is a valid complaint by some who didn’t enjoy being told the same story. The two directors had completely different visions for the films with Lucas trying to come up with a new trilogy of stories to tell and Abrams appearing to want to mimic the feelings from the original trilogy:
“I thought ‘The Force Awakens’ did that more than the early ones, because it had that the girl from a different planet, the death star, the Cantina sequence.”
Hamill even said that Abrams was intentionally trying to see what people loved from the originals and specifically ‘A New Hope’.
Box office sales and mostly positive reviews show that Abrams did capture the hearts of many. You can’t say that Lucas didn’t try to go an original route on the prequel trilogy, but not everyone could really say that they were good either.
Do you agree with Mark Hamill that the prequel trilogy had merits and worked because it went completely off course from the original trilogy? Was ‘The Force Awakens’ trying too hard to be a soft reboot of ‘A New Hope’ for a modern audience? Share your thoughts below!