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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning.
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force.
I will try and explain why I dislike this film so much. It is a bit of a geeky rant, so bear with me.
A Universe of Boredom
The original trilogy gave us a window to one of the most interesting universes ever created. It is a fantasy, filled with amazing aliens and wonderful characters. The Phantom Menace was the film that could expand on this universe. We could have gotten more fantastical worlds, more foundation to the mythos. What we instead got was Tatooine......again. It could have traveled the entire universe but it instead gave us a planet we already know. This is but a tiny example of the unbelievable unimaginative feel this film has. This is most present…
"They went up the ventilation shaft."
Lucas pulled the script out of his own ventilation shaft, if you ask me. And directed it with his head wedged firmly in that breezy passage. The whole damned lot, midi-fucking-chlorians and all, can be jammed back up there too.
In 1987, after a costly divorce settlement that undoubtedly dampened his enthusiasm for playing in a fictional universe, George Lucas unofficially cancelled his long-held plans to produce a prequel trilogy to Star Wars, his magnum opus & arguably the most iconic Hollywood movie franchise in cinematic history. It didn't last long. The technology Lucas felt wasn't around to realise his grand vision for the series was becoming a reality thanks to leaps forward visible in such movies as T2 or Jurassic Park and by 1994, imagination forever burning to tell the story of how Anakin Skywalker became cinema's most infamous villain, Darth Vader, he was writing what would ultimately become The Phantom Menace. To say 'Episode I' was anticipated would be…
And you, young Skywalker; we shall watch your career with great interest.
Star Wars Marathon over two days with friends. I wasn't going to go for the prequels but decided to take the plunge at the last minute. It's probably been quite a few years since I've seen Phantom Menace and truly tried to watch it with an open mind. No hype, no prejudging.
First off the hatred for Jar Jar Binks is unfounded. He is by far not the worst thing in this film. The worst thing in the film without question is the horrible dialogue made worst by emotionless delivery. Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman are all great actors but you wouldn't know it…
The entire Star Wars saga has a strange power over me that I can't fully explain. The original trilogy is understandable, those films will always have a special place in my heart and remain outstanding classics that I could watch over and over for the rest of my life. The part that troubles me comes into play most specifically in regards to Episode I, The Phantom Menace.
I have heard many people voice their opinion that the second installment of the prequels, Attack of the Clones, is the worst film from the saga, but I wholeheartedly disagree. The Phantom Menace is undoubtedly the biggest piece of shit out of the three, often times laughably, painfully bad (I understand this can…
"Yousa in big doo-doo this time"
Jar Jar Binks stepping in a pile of doo-doo about halfway through the film is the closest George Lucas gets to symbolism in this whole trilogy. It's almost like George Lucas didn't understand what he did right with the original trilogy or maybe he watched his own movies wrong. Yes this movie has lots of elements of Star Wars, but it's missing the key one - characters. Every bit of dialogue in this film is designed to advance plot, not character. This is why even good actors like McGregor and Portman look like they have no idea what they're doing.
Darth Maul was by far the most creative aspect of this film, while he…
Yeah I gave it four stars. Deal with it. Sure Jar Jar can get annoying and Jake lloyd was pretty terrible but there are so many great things. I don't have time to debate or break down my enjoyment of this movie but I will leave these positives.
Qui Gon Jinn
Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid played this whole trilogy so well)
Full Fledged Jedis in action
The Pod Race
Pushing the limits of Special Effects (again)
Duel of the Fates
Also on a positive note, I watched the Blu Ray version this time and the CGI Yoda is way better than the practical one they made for this movie originally and goes better with the rest of the prequel trilogy.
Jar-Jar Binks: "Ooh mooey mooey I love you!"
Qui-Gon Jinn: "You almost got us killed! Are you brainless?"
Jar-Jar Binks: "I spake!"
Qui-Gon Jinn: "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here."
Damn straight Qui-Gon! Now fuck off Jar-Jar. With the much anticipated prequel to the world changing Star Wars franchise, George Lucas not only made Jar-Jar Binks walk into a pile of shit, but he also made his fans do the same. I admit I used to adore the prequels (in my defense I was 3 when this one came out), but have since realized their true colors. Lucas sold his soul to the devil and became obsessed with CGI. I have no…
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory.
Giving the whole series a rewatch for the first time in years, which means I inevitably have to watch the prequel trilogy in all its naff glory. Better get them out of the way first so that I can enjoy the originals, eh?
This first installment is probably not quite as bad as I remember it being but it is still, in the grand scheme of things, pretty shit when compared to the majesty of the original trilogy.
Mind you, most things are.
Only saving grace really, is the final lightsaber battle with Darth Maul. He is quite badass, what with his saucy double ended saber and all.
Tee hee hee.
I don't hate any Star Wars movie. A fun movie with good themes and such. Not too strong, not too weak.
Summing up Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace in point form
-Ridiculous amount of alien races
-Liam Neeson being all dramatic and Liam Neesony
Started rewatching all of the Star Wars movie. This one isn't necessarily bad as much as it just doesn't do that much well. Points for Darth Maul, and I actually like what they reveal about the Jedi. I'll give this one a pass, even if I thought it committed many sins I still had a lot of of fun with it as a kid, and some of that translates to me now.
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- War Horse
- The Dark Knight Rises
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