I missed this when it first came out, but Machete Order is an impassioned argument for the proper order to watch the Star Wars movies.
Now I’d like to modify this into what I’ve named Machete Order on the off chance that this catches on because I’m a vain asshole.
Next time you want to introduce someone to Star Wars for the first time, watch the films with them in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI
Notice something? Yeah, Episode I is gone.
Episodes II and III aren’t exactly Shakespeare, but standing next to the complete and utter trainwreck that is Episode I, they sure look like it. At least, III does anyway.
I have not watched Episode 1 in a long time, it was indeed a dull piece of cinematic drama.
Still, I found it not just tedious but curious. At its core was a detailed examination of economics, of the power dynamics of insterstellar trade and politics, and thus it seemed miscast amidst the other Star Wars movies which centered more around two hero's journeys, one of the father, one of the son.