Deconstructing the Star Wars Prequels

Red Letter Media’s epic seven-part video essay on Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace has been making the internet rounds for quite a while now, and seemed like a bizarro one-off tour de force that somehow combined genuine film criticism with a deconstruction of the kind of sociopathic nerd culture associated with this kind of obsessive fandom. But just as George Lucas succeeded in confounding fans’ lowered expectations with Attack of the Clones by writing and directing a film that managed to be somehow worse than the first prequel, the second epic YouTube take-down is longer, more coherent, and at least as funny as the its predecessor.

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