Star Wars: Natalie Portman discusses the love/hate for the prequels


Star Wars has had positive and negative opinions from fans throughout the years. Natalie Portman, known for her portrayal of Padme Amidala, recently commented on both.

The Star Wars prequels told the story of Anakin Skywalker’s rise and fall from a slave, to Jedi and the powerful Darth Vader. Over the course of three films, Anakin’s journey was only a small piece of a greater plot including a forbidden love story and the collapse of the Galactic Republic.

The story was full of creative characters and visually stunning places both new and old, taking the Star Wars universe to new heights. With these prequels came a lot of expectations that unfortunately did not meet certain standards for some fans. Recently, Queen then Senator Padme Amidala herself, Natalie Portman, spoke about the negativity with Empire.

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In this Cinema Blend article, she was quoted saying that in regards to the prequels,

"“It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed. Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.”"

Natalie was only 18 years old when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999. Her statement might not come as much of a surprise. There have been negative comments about certain aspects of the prequels. But rest assured, Star Wars had proven itself against the test of time and aged well.

"“With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now. There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now! I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in.”"

Perhaps things are looking up for the prequels and over time they will be seen for the countless achievements instead of minimal flaws. Look for Natalie’s complete interview in the June issue of Empire.

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