We’ve always said that the Star Wars prequels could have worked if they’d been condensed into a single film about the downfall of young Anakin Skywalker and now one fan has created a new video that proves us right.
In total, the video edits the three prequels together into a movie that lasts just over two hours and is better than any of the three original films. The best part is that the movie only includes around five minutes from The Phantom Menace, which means that we can just pretend that Jake Lloyd’s cringe-inducing performance as pre-teen Anakin never happened. Alas, the movie does not completely eliminate Jar Jar Binks, as it includes his brief moments in Attack of the Clones.
The fan who made the video, Andrew Kwan, describes it as “a condensed version of the prequels cutting away all the fluff and focusing on the narrative of how Anakin becomes Darth Vader.” He admits there are limitations to this approach since the prequels are still pretty bad movies overall but he does say it’s “an improvement.”
Check out the whole video below and judge for yourself. Speaking personally, watching this is much better than slogging through even one sitting of The Phantom Menace.