For many fans, the Star Wars prequels, from The Phantom Menace (1999) to The Clone Wars (2008), are a cruel farce — a woodenly acted, highly profitable mockery of the beloved three original films. But Star Wars creator George Lucas has no intention of sweeping the prequels under the rug. Last week, details of a long-rumored plan to release the Stars Wars films in 3D emerged. A 3D version of The Phantom Menace will hit theaters first, on February 10, 2012, followed by the next five films in the franchise's narrative sequence, one per year. Will 3D really give the derided prequels new punch, or should Lucas just let them disappear... to a galaxy a safe distance away?
Enough Star Wars already: This is just another effort to "milk money out of gullible and should-know-better-but-they-don't Star Wars fans," says Kevin Jagernauth at Indiewire. I wish that instead of flocking to the multiplex for this, people would "know better and stick a middle finger up at Lucas," but that's not going to happen.
"Now sucking in three dimensions: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D hits theaters Feb. 10, 2012"
Nah, give me more: Yes, the prequels are a "fresh wound that has never healed" for many older fans, says Drew McWeeny at HitFix. But it's important to remember that younger viewers grew up watching the prequels and genuinely love them as their own. I'll definitely be there when The Phantom Menace opens in 3D, and I'll be bringing my young sons with me.
"Star Wars 3D has a release date in 2012, but starting with Phantom Menace?"
And the technical wizardry alone will be worth it: Lucas "doesn't do anything half-assed on the technical side," says Scott Mendelson at Hollywood News. Thus far we've only seen poor 3D conversions — adding a new dimension to a film that was initially shot in 2D — but I'm "dying to see" what a technical wizard like Lucas and his team at Industrial Light and Magic will be able to do. Sure, "the prequels have their issues, but so do the original films when viewed from an objective distance." If you're really so offended by the Star Wars 3D plan, just don't get a ticket.
"Star Wars 3D kicks-off with Phantom Menace"