There are a lot of reasons some people out there dislike the Prequels. Outside of pure pack mentality, where hating them is the popular thing to do now, there is also a large segment of people who spent eighteen years inventing the Prequels in their head prior to their release. When Anakin Skywalker didn’t fall to the Dark Side in the hardcore (“mature”) R-rated fashion these people had imagined, they’ve spent the last fifteen years making two hour long YouTube “reviews” to attack the movies.
Luke Skywalker himself gave an interview to the LA Times Hero Complex about The Force Awakens, and cautions fans about building up this movie too much in their minds:
HC: The first day you were back on set playing Luke Skywalker once more must have been incredibly surreal.
MH: Oh, my God! Itâ€™s just crazy town. First of all, the security. We had problems before with people leaking stuff, but I was saying to them, â€œIs it really necessary to put on this giant robe with a hood that hangs down to your chest to go from my trailer to the soundstage?â€ They said, â€œDrones.â€ I said, â€œYouâ€™re kidding! Really?â€â€¦ I wish people would just relax. Weâ€™re not trying to play games with people. We just want to maximize their experience at the movies where it should be seen and not have it leaked over the Internet. Believe me, it will be here before you know it. Forget about it, thatâ€™s my advice. Look forward to all the summer movies. Iâ€™m telling you, itâ€™s just a movie. These people that build it up in their minds like itâ€™s going to be the second coming of, I donâ€™t know what â€” theyâ€™re bound to be disappointed.
Itâ€™s exciting from the standpoint that itâ€™s the first of the movies in that universe thatâ€™s conceived and directed by the fan generation. Weâ€™ve never had that before. Now, Larry Kasdan is one of the old-timers like us, but the captain of the ship is J.J. Abrams and he was a fan of the series, which I find very interesting. Theyâ€™re going to have an input into how things are done in a way that was impossible in the more autonomous period of Georgeâ€™s [Lucas] reign. I hope itâ€™s a hit!
Despite his caution, there are already people with the entire Sequel Trilogy planned out in their minds. There are already people bashing the movie because it doesn’t match some licensed fan fiction story published in an EU novel or comic book. So we’re just going to have to brace ourselves for another fifteen years of Star Wars bashing from a whole new group of people.