26. Star Wars Prequels
Ok, yes, these aren’t the most popular films in the Star Wars franchise but if you enjoy them or are looking to do a huge binge-watch of all the Star Wars films, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith will be available when Disney Plus launches in November.
The films follow the journey of Anakin Skywalker as he goes from slave to Jedi to eventually becoming the iconic villain, Darth Vader. When we first meet him in The Phantom Menace, he’s simply a small boy living with his mother in Tatooine and working for Watto at a junk shop.
He’s a brilliant engineer and pilot and Qui-Gon, without any money to use, wagers Anakin’s freedom and the parts they need if Anakin wins the podrace. When he does, he is taken on by the Jedis and begins his training.
But, it’s not that easy. As Anakin grows up, he becomes more angry and aggressive. But he doesn’t turn to the Dark Side immediately. He still protects Padme who he met and became friends with in the first film. In Attack of the Clones, he expresses his love for her and they get married.
But love doesn’t calm down Anakins’ soul. He is still troubled by the death of his mother and it festers, leading to his eventual transformation in Revenge of the Sith.
It also doesn’t help that Palpatine is persuading him to join the Dark Side. Unfortunately, he is not strong enough to resist it. He is obsessed and paranoid about the death of his loved ones, primarily Padme.
This leads to the final standoff between Anakin (now Vader) and his mentor Obi-Wan which leads to Vader being burned badly by lava. But if he dies, we wouldn’t have the iconic character we all love to hate. Palpatine finds him and they treat and cover his burns with the black armored suit everyone’s familiar with.
If you are one of the fans of the prequels (no shaming here!), Disney Plus is kind of the perfect opportunity to watch them again all in one place. I never did understand the all-out hatred for these movies.