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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.
Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.
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…
Lets just put my cards on the table I wasn't enamored with this film as I was back in the day when this film first came out! I suppose my ongoing evolution as a cinephile has upped the ante by way of expectations and ever developing tastes!
Back then it was easier to satiate me with a few light sabre battles with a dude with horns protuding from his head and a brief Yoda cameo! Now not so much! I have a far more critical eye now, things like a young and thoroughly annoying Anakin Skywalker, a profoundly grating character like Jar Jar Binks and a questionable plot that left alot to be desired stick out like a sore thumb!…
"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.
Not even nostalgia could save this movie for me.
I grew up with the Star Wars prequels (Don't worry my dad showed me the originals before I saw any of the prequels)! This movie came out when I was just 6 years old and I'm fairly certain I saw this movie in theaters. I absolutely loved this movie as a kid. I remember I had several Star Wars action figures and toy light sabers from this movie, including Anakin's Pod Racer. As a kid I would run around my house holding the pod racer toy pretending to be Anakin Skywalker. Ah the good old days!
It has been quite sometime since I re-watched this movie, I want to say at…
Review In A Nutshell:
Why does George Lucas intend to complicate his universe? Does it really need this political concept to make its universe feel more plausible, if so why do we need to deeply explore it? Why couldn't he just create a great film, with a great story, and with a great set of characters?
It was so difficult to care for anything the larger story it is trying to tell, and the intimate human story that linger beneath it is not great either. The film spends a hefty amount of time exploring the world, the religion, and the rules that it forgets to become what the previous trilogy was able to deliver, accessibility. I came into this immediately…
Lucas's prodigious imagination and enthusiasm is evident in every frame, but the film crashes and burns on its naivety and juvenile sensibility. When he casts Anakin as the Force Messiah, Lucas is in earnest about how that idea fits into the mythology, while he's clueless as to how jaded such a ploy must seem to anybody over the age of twelve. And Qui-Gon's irresponsibility in taking Anakin into a war zone for no good reason except he wants to keep an eye on him is the kind of plot contrivance that takes the viewer out of the narrative so you become more interested in the next ridiculous event as opposed to the characters. (The 'next ridiculous event', in this case,…
I don't think it's as apocalyptically terrible as Star Wars fans make it out to be, but it is still a far cry from the originals. I remember trying to watch this as a child and not liking it at all. As I grew older, the politics of the senate and the trade federations began to make sense, but that didn't necessarily make the story much better. It has its moments, but compared to Episode IV, The Phantom Menace is vastly inferior in every way. I should be unabashedly excited for Episode VII, but the disappointment of this film sits in the back of my mind whenever I see a new teaser trailer or set photo.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I made some poor decisions this evening, but none of them are as inexplicable as why R2D2 was invited to Qui Gon's funeral since he spends most of the movie acting like a flash drive.
Haven't watched this in years and now I remember why.
At no point does anyone feel like they are occupying the same place as anyone else. It's a horrendous compositing nightmare. No one looks the right way when they are reacting to something. And on the rare occasion that an actual prop or set is used it feels out of place cos everything else is digital.
Pod race and darth maul final battle is good. The rest is just nonsense.
Viewed w/commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires.
5 stars for Ben Burtt. 1 star for those other assholes.
... or the adventures of little anakin in the land of the farting camels
We all know the story of the prequels by now, they're just rated on a scale of how inferior they are to the original trilogy...
But hindsight is a powerful thing, and I believe that we were a little too hard on The Phantom Menace, especially in the presence of Attack of the Clones later on which showed us things could get even worse. For all the Jar Jar Binks scenes, poorly-aged CGI and obvious green screens, there's still a lot to enjoy for me personally, and that may be only for nostalgia's sake as this was one of the first films I watched in the cinema. Don't hate me but whenever this is on television I'll gladly sit and…
For a movie about a nine year old for nine year olds, The Phantom Menace sure as hell gets a lot wrong. It's bad, but it's not nearly as bad as the clusterfuck that is Attack of the Clones.
Esta película (junto con sus dos siguientes episodios), las vi cuando era aún muy chico (en VHS, recuerdo que me vi los 3 episodios el mismo día); en su momento me llegaron a gustar mucho.
Revisionando esta primera precuela me sigue gustando igual que aquella vez, pero no puedo negar que tiene muchísimos errores y algunas decepciones. Pero considero que para ser la primera de la trilogía contemporánea está bien planteada y la historia concatena con la época que se vive en el universo, poca acción dentro de la paz.
Sí hay escenas (y personajes) quizás demasiado infantiles, pero al menos, las escenas de peleas con espadas láser estuvieron muy bien, me atrevo a decir que hasta mejores que las de la trilogía original.
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