The Star Wars prequels are dumb and bad — and also insightful about American politics

Looked at 20 years later, The Phantom Menace reads as a story about rampant inequality spurring the rise of fascism. Hmmmmm...

The Star Wars prequels are bad. They’re stilted and strange, with bland stories that get stuck in first gear, performances that can’t escape director George Lucas’s apparent desire to create an emotionless universe, and gratuitous visual effects that at times seem to be the movies’ main reason to exist. Also, Jar Jar Binks, a whole host of racist caricature...

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