I have a hard time deciding what was worse between Rogue One/The Force Awakens and the three prequels... on the one hand, the prequels were full of cheesy crap, horrendous acting, cringe-seizure-inducing dialogue, and lots of Jar Jar... but... at least they felt like real Star Wars movies on some level and didn't fundamentally betray the lore or the main characters of the original trilogy. TFA and Rogue One were cooler, sleeker, better done in many ways, not nearly as corny, and they had 100% less Jar Jar... but then again... they were just badly written, full of plot holes, weighed down by politics, and felt like so much bad fan fiction what with the Mary Sues in both movies, the wink wink nudge nudge moments that made no sense in the context of the film, and the blatant plagiarism of the story.
On repeat viewings at home, yeah, the amount of Jar Jar became increasingly annoying. The kid's acting was more and more grating. And it was disappointing that they had missed an opportunity to tell what could have been a more compelling origin story for Anakin.
When I saw Attack of the Clones my cousin and I were in Times Square with a crowd of enthusiastic fans. Again, it was thrilling. The whole theater cheered loudly when Yoda showed up in the final act. My cousin and I went to see it again the next day. And again the day after that.
Compare this to The Last Jedi. The theater was silent. And bored. I was repeatedly checking my watch. And fidgeting in my seat. As the movie progressively got worse and worse and worse my boredom turned into annoyance. Annoyance gave way to disgust. Disgust built into anger. I left the theater thoroughly disappointed. After a few days of thinking about it I was just mad at how terrible it was. I never saw the movie again. It's on satellite now and I could watch it for free if I wanted to. Don't want to. It was way way way worse than any of the prequels. I haven't forgotten.
The other 2 sequels are even worse. No coherency, extremely convenient plot devices and atrocious character development. Disney wasted an incredible opportunity.
The sequels had terrible dialogue, but at least the story was compelling and the characters were interesting.
Then again, just because it's been done in the past doesn't really excuse why it's also in the present.
also mace windu..... 10 MINUTES IN 3 FILMS????? I don't think so his battle with palpatine was about 5 minutes alone
On the other hand, I disagree that the sequels were good by themselves. 7 was derivative and full of inside jokes and references for Star Wars fans. It was badly written regardless, but if old Star Wars didn't exist it would have fallen even more flat than it did. And then 8 and 9, even if you ignore how badly they handle the lore and characters, are straight up boring movies.
Shocked not to see Jabba the Hutt or Darth Maul on this list... that epic lightsaber battle *HAD* to have had helped contribute more than 10 minutes worth of screen time to this list?
Each of the 10 movies released today are great pieces of the Star Wars universe. They all have their flaws in different ways of course, but they also all have something great about them.
And mostly you don't get to choose what is Star Wars and what isn't. It's a big, diverse universe (hah that's funny to say) with a constantly expanding lore and a ton of different stories to tell. Just enjoy it, or don't, but at least let others enjoy it in peace.
TLJ is abysmally bad on every level.
As for the new take and new direction, it wasn't horrible on its own, but Rian destroyed everything before him and left nothing to build on. He actually said in an interview that he didn't care about the big picture and only cared about the film he was creating. That's just not the attitude to have when creating the middle 'glue' film in a Star Wars trilogy. In a standalone film? Sure. In your own trilogy? Go for it. But it wasn't his trilogy, just his film in a trilogy of other directors and writers. Also as a note, I like the prequels.