It helps, slightly, knowing that a lot of the elements introduced in this will ultimately lead to something better, and it also helps to look at it as three episodes of a TV show rather than a feature film, but it’s still pretty wretched. Every character is the worst version of themself in this, and you can feel the creative team struggling to find the appropriate tone for this. Is it a silly kids’ show or a high intensity series about war? It’s all that’s bad about the prequels with almost none of what’s good. This is the nadir of Star Wars.
The fundamental problem with the Star Wars prequels is that they’re a good story poorly told.
When you lay out the narrative of the prequels on paper, beat for beat, it’s actually pretty compelling. At a time when galactic civilization had stagnated after a millennia of peace, evil quietly emerges, taking advantage of complacency and using the specter of war as a justification for eroding democracy. And amid this turmoil, a young man with a troubled past finds that all…
In the third act of Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, an audience is locked in a theater that’s burning down around them while the projected image on screen cackles at their fate.
That’s basically I’M SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. A raw, unwieldy, audacious expression of both burning rage and morbid glee at the horrible, stupid, absurd ways we’re all slowly destroying ourselves. It’s a movie that never lets you get comfortable, taking left turn after left turn, and getting more and…