Znirk wrote:I've seen the first three twice each, and left it at "meh".
The 70s/80s stuff (aka Spaceballs: The Trilogy). I've been told often and by many that the second batch was even worse, so I never bothered with them.
I'm beginning to think that this may be related to whether one has grown up with a story or not. The unconditional love of its fans in contrast with my lukewarm reaction feels a lot like the situation with the Alice in wonderland
books, the whole steaming pile of Narnia
material, Peter Pan
, and similar classics of children's literature. I came to all of these, and to Star wars
, somewhere in my early 20s: probably a few years too late to get the intended experience. I imagine that the works of Astrid Lindgren I love and occasionally reread would have a similar effect on someone who didn't grow up breathing them. (Then again, some books and some readers outside their main audience just "click". Winnie the Pooh
was in the same general situation as Peter Pan
for me, and I quite enjoyed the former.)
Hmmmm. Maybe that effect could even account for some of the prequel hate? You know, perhaps it's not that they're that much worse, it's that you see them for what they are whereas the original 3 get the rose-tinted glasses treatment? (Again: I've never watched the prequels, and as far as I know they may well be that much worse after all.) Might be worth watching what the generation born in the late 80s/early 90s end up thinking about the upcoming episodes as compared to I-III.