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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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
The FX were rubbish and Jar Jar was frightening. The Score was there. The pod race was entertaining. Liam Neeson was great. Then there was Darth Maul aka Bad Ass Sith. Under used and gone too soon.
I thought maybe with time this movie would have gotten better. Or at least less offensively terribly.
It hasn't. It's still boring and serves no purpose.
Somehow this movie both has way too much story and not enough. Nothing interesting happens, and the little bit that you can work up the care to actually pay attention to is stupid.
The special effects were pretty blah in 1999 and they have aged horribly.
Darth Maul could have been an interesting villain. But he has about three scenes and is gone. So how could you possibly care?
The action scenes are terribly boring, none more so then the pod race scene. If you remember this scene well you need to rewatch this.…
How to mess up one of the greatest franchises known to man. That is all I can say on this.
I keep watching this, desperately trying to find a redeeming feature. I love Star Wars. My inner monologue keeps telling me that I must have missed something, it's a Star Wars movie, it must be good. But alas, it's just not. I know I will keep watching this in the years to come desperately searching, and that makes me sad, but at least I'm resigned to it.
Good features. The score. Darth Maul. The fight sequence at the end and some nice visuals that at the time stretched CGI (but quickly surpassed by both the rings movies and the other Star Wars prequels). That's about it. Even with actors like Neeson, McGregor and Portman most of the scenes were not…
I managed to make it to to end of the podrace before giving up and skipping to the Darth Maul fight in an attempt to purge the image of Jar Jar Binks from my brain. It didn't work. Technically I didn't watch this from start to finish, but honestly doing so might as well be considered emotional/psychological torture. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch this movie in its entirety on my own free will ever again.
I liked it. I really did. I know people give it crap, and some of the acting and JarJar Binks are not the greatest, but it was decent overall. Definitely love the original 3 better.
A father has got do do what a father has got to do - that means watching sadly all of the Star Wars movies with his son. My son liked this one and I think that's the main problem our generation has with the second trilogy. Its main purpose was to generate a lot of "merchandisable" content that attracts children. Well, 'nuff said. (Luckily my son thinks, that the first trilogy was better.)
So, uh. For sure the worst Star Wars movie, yeah? We all agree? What the fuck went wrong, dude? I mean, hey, I don't love Star Wars, but I like it a ton and this one really irritated me. The dialogue is sophomoric and Jar Jar Binks is a goddamned annoying bastard. A lot of the acting is dull and lifeless and the special effects are, at times amazing, and at times horrendous.
Still all that aside, it's not a terrible movie. Just a movie with a lot more flaws than positives. It's still an interesting idea, but it just wasn't executed so well. Still not the worst thing I've ever seen though -- if you hate this movie that…
What can be said that hasn't already? After rewatching this today I've decided, while it has flaws, I don't think this movie deserves some of the harsh criticism it gets. Sure, it isn't perfect, but neither were the original (yes they were better for sure) films. Some people may hate me for saying that, but that's ok!
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…