I think that whole Red Letter Media nonsense about TPM is what really got it going. Before then you could go to SW forums and reasonably talk about TPM or the prequels, after… forget it. And all you see is people parroting RLM review quips and quotes, or if you say you like a prequel, they respond by saying, nope, you are wrong and then give a link to one of the RLM videos. (But those RLM videos, I mean there is plenty of stuff objectively incorrect in them, a bit ironic since he is laughing at what a stupid fool Lucas is. Although some of the farther post TPM RLM videos, I almost feel like maybe he is actually not even being so serious about anything he says but just mocking the RLM review lovers.)
(and yes, sure some hated TPM (and even many who loved it did still complain about some of the baby dialogue and scuh given to Gungan officials and he did get a bit more commercial in a few things, I wasn’t so crazy about some of that stuff myself, but in the end, the baby dialogue stuff is jsut a few minutes out of more than 120) and even AOTC and even even ROTS before any of that, but the numbers just seemed to explode after that video, again SW message boards went from somewhat reasonable to almsot total hate fests, couldn’t dare mention anything other than 4-6 after that video)
I’d like to hear what’s objectively incorrect in the Plinkett videos, as I don’t really remember anything that seems to be factually incorrect in them. Anyway, regarding the affect those videos had on popular view of the films. The big thing that I see people say about them is that a lot of things people didn’t like about the movies was hard to fully explain, and that the reviews did a great job of putting those complaints into words.
If you don’t know, the original Plinkett review (Star Trek Generations) was something he did to put out his feelings on why he hated the movie so much in words, and he had some fun by doing an impression of his friends Plinkett character. He then did the same thing with the other Star Trek TNG films, and eventually started doing the Star Wars prequels for the same reason. Obviously his TPM review became a popular hit and the rest is history. I don’t understand the vitriol PT fans have for those videos, because he wasn’t trying to pull one over on the whole world. He explained in great detail the objective flaws in the films, both visible on screen and in the creation of them. Was he perfect? No. Did he make mistakes? Yes. Some of his arguments in various reviews of his are skewed by either misinterpretation or some other form of human error. That doesn’t devalue the abundance of reasonable and perfectly sound arguments he makes for his assertion that they aren’t well made movies.
A lot of the stuff people bash about the prequels for being dumb, actually has decent reasoning behind it.
This is true for a lot of things, but plenty have poor reasoning too.
Even the way Anakin and Padme were awkward in AOTC make sense, I mean he wasn’t some swashbuckling Han or worldly Lando, he was a monk! isolated at an early age and she became a leader at like 14 and then was off to the Senate. So hardly surprising they talk to each other in less smooth ways than Han or Lando. Also some of the wya they acted and talked was also modeled off very early US cinema romance. DOn’t forget the characters were in another galaxy, in anotehr time, not today.
Here is the problem with this. We as the audience are supposed to feel that these too people are in love, at some point in the story, but they never fall in love on screen. They roll around in a field and have dinner and boom, love, apparently.
I don’t want to turn this thread into a debate-fest on whether or not people should be allowed to hate the PT, though maybe that’s already accomplished. 😛