The Star Wars saga may be an important piece of pop culture, but it has not always satisfied fans. The prelogy, in particular, garnered some pretty scathing reviews. Mark Hamill, the interpreter of Luke Skywalker, gives his opinion on it and defends it.
Star wars : proof that we can hardly please everyone
In 1977, George Lucas delivered to the world the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. He certainly had no idea, not at that time, that he had just given birth to a cultural monument. Unable to realize all his incredible ideas, due to a lack of budget and technological tools, he begins in the middle of his great history. It was not until the very end of the 90s that he returned to the charge with a new trilogy taking place before the events of the previous one. The one we will call next “the prelogy” however, did not receive the same welcome as her big sister. Part of the fanbase turns against George Lucas and critics have, on the whole, a mixed opinion on this extension of the saga.
Even today, even if we must recognize that the prelogy has some good points, it does not reach the level of episodes 4, 5 and 6. Nevertheless, despite obvious failures (Jar Jar Binks, the romance Anakin / Padmé responsible for unintentional gags …), everything is not to be thrown in. We feel that George Lucas has ideas and he shows himself capable some extraordinary moments, in addition to telling the birth of the most iconic villain in the entire Star Wars universe.
Mark Hamill flies to the rescue of the prelogy
This prelogy has just been found a strong ally in the person of Mark Hamill. The performer, who fans love, lends his features to Luke Skywalker. For obvious reasons, he did not appear in these films, but he has an opinion that contrasts with the crowd. In the book Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life, he positions himself in the camp of the conquered:
I was impressed that the prequels had their own identity. The films were criticized for being heavy in their exposure and more cerebral and probably, as he put it in 1976, they weren’t as commercial. It’s a darker story. But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified, and I’m shocked at how brutal they can be. Not just with the Star Wars movies, but across the board.
His voice will have a certain resonance with the most devoted faithful to Star Wars because we know that Mark Hamill is highly regarded by them. There are so many of these that there will always be dissatisfied people in the crowd. We have seen again, with the latest trilogy, that it was almost impossible for the Star Wars universe to achieve unanimity. Maybe the fact of moving away from the Skywalker saga with the next films will just appease everyone and start a cycle that will be less heckled.