Ah, the Star Wars prequel trilogies. Episodes I-III of the saga still cause countless arguments among fans. Some love the films, some despise them with a passion, and some – like me – accept them with reservations. The prequels undoubtedly have flaws, and there is definitely room for improvement. For example, we needed to see more of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship. We needed to see more sides of Anakin and Padmé that weren’t all, “Oh, you killed an entire tribe of Tusken Raiders? Let’s hug it out, Annie Wannie Vaderkins.” But I digress. They could have told a stronger story, and Double Digit has taken on the Herculean task of streamlining the three films into a single movie.
Their recut is based on what Topher Grace did two years ago. He edited the Star Wars prequels down to 85 minutes. Grace only shared the film with a select group of friends and press, but he did release a trailer to tease how he altered the movies. Double Digit took a similar approach, but their restructuring, Star Wars: Turn to the Dark Side – Episode 3.1, clocks in at almost three hours.
Double Digit used Grace’s blueprint – it was described by /Film and others – and removed or rearranged the big plot pieces “to strengthen the core relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala.” After all, the prequels are Anakin Skywalker’s story. We need to see as much of him as possible and understand his feelings and motivations. Do Double Digit’s 100+ video and audio edits do a better job at illustrating Anakin’s tragic fall to the dark side? You’ll have to watch and judge for yourself.
If you recut the Star Wars prequel trilogy, what would you change? Let us know in the comments.
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