I actually don't have too much of a problem with the prequels, but his delivery and material is so sharp as far as standup comedy goes. It's a great talent when comics know how to react to their own jokes as if it were the first time they've thought of and said them.
I don't enjoy verbal criticism that leans to the humorous side too much, but that's mostly because I think the "critics" who do do it that way, can't deliver worth of shit. But when they can deliver well, like patton oswalt, it actually has a lot of entertainment value.
I was actually referring to Brien's laughing emoticon, but yeah, I agree with your views on verbal criticism. In this age of the internet, way too many people are jumping on the train of making their own series of videos where they bash shit that's already been bashed to death and try to find a way to make it fresh. But, like you said, they can't deliver worth a shit and they don't stick out to you other than being some nobody who's joining tons of people that say "This sucks".
The Star Wars prequels are the ultimate example of simple disappointment turning into undeserved and stubborn hatred, where the people that first saw it decided to hate on the notion that it wasn't as good as they hoped, and it dripped off into the internet-blogging cinephile/geek culture we see today, and today it has become a monster. All I wish upon people is that they keep an open mind about what they're watching and not go in trying to cherry-pick every potential teeny-weeny flaw and blow it up to the point where it overlaps all the good that is in it.
Yeah I don't get your critique Vil. Oswalt's delivery is awesome. He admits up front that he's a geek. He does a great Lucas impression, he does a great geeking out fanboy impression, he nails exactly why the prequels were a bad idea, and illustrates it in everyday terms. It's well structured and well performed. It seems you don't like it just because it's prequel criticism.
I'll admit that my liking (not loving, LIKING) of the prequels seeps through to my criticism, but having the guy rail on the entire goal and idea of a prequel comes of as being ridiculous. What else were we going to see in a prequel to Star Wars besides younger versions of pre-existing characters? I'd love to hear an idea that would be better than what they attempted.
Elaborate the hilarity in this.
How is it not funny? You're getting all offended by people, in this case Patton Oswalt, criticizing the Star Wars prequels. They're three of the most poorly acted, directed and written films of the past 15 years and I just find it funny when someone defends them.
Keep in mind that I don't think the prequels are perfect. Bad acting? Yeah, in some parts. Missed opportunities in the story? Yep, but only a few. Convoluted plots compared to those of the original trilogy? Yes, but only because Lucas was trying to expand on the universe he created with the senate and the Jedi Order, so naturally it's a bit offputting when next to the originals. The prequels were movies that weren't going to be perfect, but could still be enjoyed for what they are, and, like I said before, the disdain for them has grown to a sickening high.
Also, I've seen worse defenses of the prequels by Devoted with a capital 'D' Star Wars fans who believe that there aren't any flaws to speak of. Trust me, I'm not that bad.