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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…
I know a lot of people (including many Letterboxers) think of The Phantom Menace as Bantha fodder....
As for me? I truly love and cherish it. And not just because it holds great memories for me. But, also because it tells such a deep and emotional story of hope and destiny that you want to believe will be fulfilled, but you sadly know it wont. Because you know eventually this promised child will tragicly conform to a great evil.
It's only because we got to see this child, his giving heart, his passion for better change and his years as a young dreamer that it is made all the more sad when we see him fall at the end of…
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…
I had forgotten just how awful Jar Jar really is. The pod race is boring. I think the only thing I like about this is little Anakin.
I think I may have seen this at SP's but I am not sure. This was the clearest I can remember seeing this since the theater (where I was very disappointed, though I asked Hyunsook if I could have a droid army...). Like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the parts that I did not like the first time through really grated on me this time. There is so much bad acting, so many elements could have been tightened up, and Hyunsook pointed out that it just looked like they couldn't come up with anything creative so they couldn't let go of any idea. Liam Neeson is one of the best things about this movie and he is killed off. One of the other good things was Samuel Jackson but he had such a small part to play.
Audio Commentary featuring George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires ***
Having enjoyed the commentary tracks on the DVD's in the Star Wars Trilogy DVD box set, I was hopeful that I would likewise enjoy this commentary. I was, I'm afraid, disappointed. Most of the discussion here consisted of identifying which on-screen elements in any given shot or scene were real and which were digital (hint: almost everything is digital). It gets repetitive in a hurry and contributes little to my understanding of the film itself.
This was my first viewing of the film in nine years, though, and even through the commentary I was able to get into and enjoy the…
There only reason why I give this movie one star, is so I can give episode 2 the lowest possible rating without having to write a review.
The one that will always be compared to the original trilogy, and probably come out losing, is actually a well-paced adventure that leads to an exciting, three-pronged climax. The acting is generally poor, surely because George Lucas' clunky dialogue, and direction that is clearly focused on special effects and design, rather than performances. The casting of Jake Lloyd, obnoxious kid actor, in the pivotal role of Anakin Skywalker, is dubious at best, and CG only character Jar Jar Binks introduces slapstick to the Star Wars universe, something that fans will not like. All this does not take away from the fact that this is still a fun ride, and the plot is interestingly planting the seeds for what is yet to come. Sure, this is not on par with any of the films in the original trilogy, but what other space opera is actually on par with the original trilogy?
Great animation film.. oh wait.
Green screen work shows and the cgi isn't doing it for me.
Also some bad bad acting (might be down to actors not knowing what the hell was going on with all the cgi and green screen work).
I'm one of the few people who doesn't loathe Episode One. I think it is an decent film. The CGI still looks great and the battles scenes are fun. The main problem is that it's an Star Wars film. The overall light and slightly childish mood does not fit to the beloved original trilogy.
... And yes I would give everything to erase Jar Jar Bings from the Star Wars Universe ...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
really bad movie
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I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
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