Star Wars: People Still Hate the Prequels !

Star Wars: People Still Hate the Prequels !

Last week, Spider-Man 3 actor Topher Grace screened a fan edit he made of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy for friends and a small number of reporters in Hollywood.

With the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D recently, a lot of people have been thinking and talking about the Star Wars prequels, a series of films that started more than ten years ago and which overcame their mostly negative reviews to make bucketloads of money.

As far back as when The Phantom Menace was in theaters the first time, though, fans were already pretty sure they could do better. A notorious example is Star Wars Episode I.I: The Phantom Edit, which removed Jar Jar Binks almost completely, as well as quite a bit of dialogue the editor deemed silly or wrong for the Star Wars films. Following the media attention that The Phantom Edit got, there was a wide variety of fan edits made of each of the subsequent films, although none of them were able to reclaim the energy and attention of The Phantom Edit.

Until now, that is.

Last week, Spider-Man 3 actor Topher Grace screened a fan edit he made of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy for friends and a small number of reporters in Hollywood. Titled Star Wars Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back, Grace trimmed the 700-minute runtime of the three films down to one 85-minute feature which, according to those in attendance, actually worked pretty well.

Now, obviously we live in the days of decompressed storytelling and shortening a work to remove what some consider wasted space on the page or screen is not uncommon; when Justice League #1 recently came out by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, a fan edit appeared online that cut the book’s page count to only 16 and retained all of the plot. Still, reducing the entire Star Wars trilogy to a single film shorter than The Hangover is a strange, fascinating and ballsy move. While Grace claims to have done it to teach himself editing and says he has no intention of making his cut available, the decriptions available online virtually guarantee that some enterprising fan will attempt the same thing and so fans will likely see a similar cut soon to decide for themselves whether Grace was too aggressive.

In any case, the reports indicate that Grace almost completely removed Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace from his edit, leaving only a few action sequences and character introductions and cutting Jake Lloyd from the film completely. Even with a version of the trilogy that leaves almost everything on the cuttung-room floor, that’s a pretty dramatic statement to make about a movie that fans notoriously camped out for weeks to see.

Dramatic, yes. But not unprecedented. A recent blog post that picked up a ton of traffic on Digg offered “the correct viewing order” for the six Star Wars films, intended primarily to preserve both surprises (Episode III‘s revelation regarding the identity of the Emperor as well as Episode V‘s big Darth Vader reveal). Called “Machete Order,” the post suggests that there is nothing at all in The Phanom Menace which is both necessary to the other episodes and not re-explained in Attack of the Clones, and therefore suggests removing the film entirely when viewing the trilogy for the first time.

If that’s who fans perceive The Phantom Menace, maybe it’s not a surprise that it became the first live-action Star Wars film in decades not to open at #1 at the US box office when the 3D version hit in February.

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CoolantTech - 4/7/2012, 3:50 AM
Need to see that Topher Grace version, and thats a pretty good move to mostly edit the Phantom menace out of the film seeing as how it was the crappiest of the 3, just leave the Darth Mual scenes in, and Jar Jar... well I think we all should how to deal with that.
marvel72 - 4/7/2012, 4:16 AM
the only good that came from the prequels are the following....

3rd qui gon jinn
2nd darth maul
1st the light sabre duels
AUSSYACE - 4/7/2012, 4:40 AM
I would love to see this edited version...

Surely one of you fans have the link...

Drop it below...Or is it that Secret...
TheSoulEater - 4/7/2012, 5:29 AM
What prequels?
Supes17 - 4/7/2012, 6:13 AM
The third one wasn't bad
fedup - 4/7/2012, 6:32 AM
I'm curious to see his cut.
Ha1frican - 4/7/2012, 7:23 AM
As someone that was brought up on the entire saga (starting with episode 1) I don't get the hate. Everything that was corny and stupi in 1-3 is prevalent in 4-6 people just have fond memories of it and refuse to ee it.
BANE5000 - 4/7/2012, 7:38 AM
Now if only Topher can edit himself out of Spider-Man 3 :D
neonhero - 4/7/2012, 8:29 AM
Horrible movies. It hurts to watch Darth Vader do the Frankenstein walk, screaming, "No!!!!"
Just ridiculous.
RunDTC - 4/7/2012, 8:51 AM
the three prequels weren't 700 minutes. they were 418 minutes.
R2r - 4/7/2012, 9:37 AM
Where do i find that cut?
soundwave129 - 4/7/2012, 11:02 AM
ROTS was better than ROTJ. Before that, though, the prequels were horrible.
Mrcool210 - 4/7/2012, 11:35 AM
i heard the topher grace cut was good though
KalEl1996 - 4/7/2012, 1:18 PM
I like the prequels, especially Episode III.
AUSSYACE - 4/7/2012, 7:18 PM
AUSSYACE - 4/7/2012, 7:19 PM
BatmanIsBaddest - 4/8/2012, 3:41 AM
"Attack of the Clones" was alright, but "The Phantom Menace" and "Revenge of the Sith" were incredible works of art. (Jar Jar is a weak point in the first film, to be sure, but his presence did not destroy the whole movie -- far from it.)

It's time for all the dickless trolls out there, the haters who were never true "Star Wars" fans to begin with, to get the hell out and make way for those of us fans who have self-discerning minds and who actually have the capacity to understand art. You babies don't deserve the air you breathe, much less the entertainment you actually approve of.

I mean, you speak ill of a man (George Lucas) who revolutionized the film business beyond any other single individual in history; the very man who made every film, tv show, and video game that you currently enjoy even possible. He had the mind to improve computer and special effects technology to their current levels (and editing technology as well to point a fact). He was the one who legitimized sci-fi and fantasy films in the first place, making movies like "Aliens" and "Avatar" realistic possibilities. So what, you don't like his movies? It's no reason to hate the poor man or go on and on for years and years and years bashing his pet-projects.

I swear to God, all of you brats think and act like you're 7 years old. If it's not tits and sex all the time, it's hatred and bitching for all eternity. If you're going to hyperventilate every time something you love changes, do me a favor and just jump off a bridge. Less retards and less haters in the world would actually solve most of the problems in our society. If only most of the earth's population wasn't living in denial and delusion all the time, maybe people wouldn't go around throttling each other.

If anything I just said enraged you, dear reader, then my friend George Takei has a few words for you:
xMichaelxScottx - 4/17/2012, 4:01 PM
Honestly, I didn't think the movies were that bad. I mean yeah Jar Jar was ridiculous, but other than that the whole trilogy was fine to me. I was practically raised on Star Wars. As long as Jar Jar doesn't get his tongue stuck in an engine or pretty much ruin the film, I'm okay with that. But I can understand why so many others hated the prequels. I think the originals are the best, but I don't have a prob with the prequels.

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