The age of the Republic, or colloquially, The age of Mr. Binks

Caption of a trio of storm troopers.
Photo: Eva Rinaldi

The concept of Star Wars and its proliferation is somewhat of a conundrum. It’s one of the biggest franchises in the world, yet it feels like most people haven’t seen it. For most of us, that’s not an issue, and in all honesty who cares? Apparently some do and view the lack of hours invested as an insult. The ifs and whys are puzzling and are about as difficult to answer as to why Jar Jar wasn’t starred in even more Star Wars movies, he was such a good contribution to the saga. However, the bits and pieces of dislike are interesting and we at Gavagai decided to find out what people actually liked, but also hated. Before we start, we as well, dislike Jar Jar, it was a joke.

What did we find out?

To begin with, we’ve decided to analyze what’s referred to as The Age of Republic or the prequel trilogy which is the first three movies in the Star Wars series. These movies are, of course, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The grading of the movies’ stories is somewhat mixed, some like them while others don’t. The Phantom Menace has the lowest grading at 3,15 / 5 while Revenge of the sith has the highest grade at 3,61 / 5. These numbers aren’t the best, however, they could be a lot worse. In concomitance with the story is action and viewers loved both The Phantom Menace’s and Revenge of the Sith’s action scenes which were graded at a 4,29 / 5 and 4,23 / 5. Attack of the clones, however, was graded at a 3,75 / 5. The action scenes grade seems to correlate with the story as well as special effects.

The actors are of high importance in any film and are usually what separates a bad movie from a good one. The story is, of course, detrimental, but having an actor with the charisma equivalent to a box of gray crayons usually puts a dent to any movie. Unfortunately, the acting wasn’t that good in our three movies. The Phantom Menace had an average grade at 2,87 / 5 which might have had been due to the low role casting grade. Viewers were somewhat unhappy with the chosen actors and they were especially frustrated with the child actors. Attack of the Clones poor grading of 3,08 / 5 was instead due to bad dialogue and Revenge of the sith’s grade was, however, decent at a 3,55 / 5.

Caption of all the topics from the dashboard of “Phantom Menace”.


Given the data, it’s somewhat clear that the prequel trilogy was in fact OK. It was neither good or bad and instead roamed somewhere in the middle. The actions scenes were, however, very good. What really affected all three movies was the actors. Customers didn’t like them and viewed them simply as bad.

By the way… is it Star Trek or Star Wars, we always get those two mixed up.

The research team at Gavagai performed this analysis using our AI-powered text analysis tool, Gavagai Explorer. All texts for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith that were analyzed in this article were collected from public online data published on Amazon.

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