8: Attack of the Clones
While Attack of the Clones was the first prequel that truly delved into the history of characters we have grown to know and love in the original trilogy, it brought over the issues that plagued The Phantom Menace while adding a plethora of problems of its own.
The horrid writing and the general abuse of CGI made this the worst entry in the entire franchise. Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker felt wooden and even parodic, kicking long-time fans of the franchise in the shins. Entire battle scenes with Clones and Droids alike were done entirely in not-so-subtle CGI, and don’t even get us started on Christensen’s infamous coarse sand dialogue…
Here is a bit of history to one of the most iconic movie villains of all time, handled so poorly it ruined the character for some. To put it bluntly, Attack of the Clones is everything Star Wars isn’t. Whereas the original trilogy relied on personal storytelling within the grander scheme of things, filled with likable characters and practical effects, Attack of the Clones tries to make its scale as grand as possible while pushing its beloved characters to the background, using them as but an empty vessel to take us from one obvious green screen experimentation to the next.