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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…
"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…
you know when you see an old friend that you stopped talking to because they treated you like shit but in your head you still just remember all the good times and you're hoping that this reunion will be nice and shiny and golden and frothy with friendship and hugs and all the baggage and broken promises and let downs will just melt away in a cacophony of magic the gathering and beer and video games and you'll finally have your best friend back after all these years and it hurts like motherfucking hell and you can't breathe because it hurts so bad and then you see your old friend and you remember that jar jar is still worse than himmler and the cgi is terrible and the writing is a butt and it's all terrible and death sounds really nice?
fuck you richard
The further that time gets away from this, the more interesting of a landmark failure it becomes to me. There are lessons to be learned regarding the follies of autuerism, the nature of hype, how an outlier phenomenon develops an ego, and the dawn of over-designing CG and constantly waving colorful computer paint in your face to distract from plot holes and character development. No film has been scrutinized as much as this one, maybe ever, so it goes without saying that the story sucks and the characters are embarrassingly thin, even though I just said it, but there actually are a few bright spots, if fleeting:
1. At least it is shot on film.
2. Yoda and a handful of other creatures are puppets.
3. George's passion for drag racing comes through in the pod-racing and it is the most Star Warsian sequence from the prequels.
4. John Williams is bringing it, hard.
That's about it, though.
A surprisingly good time. What I thought would be a masochistic forced rewatch was actually quite fun. There’s no denying that midichlorians are stupid, nor that Jake Lloyd and Jar Jar Binks drag the movie down, but neither has nearly as much screentime as I remember from 15 years ago. Honestly Lucas & co. did a decent job of recreating the tone of the original series while also introducing multitudes of new and wildly imaginative creations, all while delivering a fast-paced and exciting adventure story. This series has never not been corny kids’ films. Why should this be held to a different standard?
I don’t mind all the Trade Federation and political stuff. There’s no Big Bad in this story yet,…
I actually watched this with an audio commentary, which added about a star and a half to it's rating. Would highly recommend this commentary:
The fervor with which this film is so often derided is relatively embarrassing, frankly, the work a punching-bag for so-called loyalists intent on proving their incredibly noble allegiance to what allegedly makes the series great by panning it as a failure on every level; to put it mildly, this passionate scorn is ridiculous. The Phantom Menace is the worst of the series, and yet it still manages to work as a piece of light entertainment given the expansive visuals and the compelling action sequences, a work of astounding scope and imagination that glides by on the strength of its visual impact.
Yes, the plot is predicated upon seemingly divine coincidences, but this criticism is rendered null and void when the…
I was 11 when this was released in theaters and really enjoyed it at the time, but that can only go so far and doesn't make it anymore enjoyable.
We all know what's good and we all know what's bad.
Well, we're into the less fun half of re-watching the Star Wars movies, clearly. The good news is that means we're just about three weeks away from Episode VII, which seems like it can't possibly be true in real life, but here we are.
I'm going to say something now that's going to sound like hyperbole, but I think there's a decent chance it's literally true. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace might be the most-reviewed film on the internet. Think about it. Do you know of a single famous internet reviewer who hasn't done at least one article or video about this film? It's been the subject of so many takedowns, "in defense of"s (yes, really), reevaluations... it's been analyzed…
I'm struggling to fathom how the decision was made to retain this thing's canonical status after the Disney takeover. An unmitigated mess.
Has one of the best lightsaber battles in a Star Wars film thus far. The pod-racing scene is pretty decent and the opening scenes with Qui-Gon and Obi Wan fighting droids make the start of the movie seem like the rest will be a great film with awesome jedi action. Other than that it is actually pretty interesting seeing Emperor Palpatine's rise to power. Also Darth Maul is terribly under-utilized in the film.
I haven't seen this film since it came out and I decided a rewatch was in order, that it couldn't be as bad as I remembered. Actually it was worse. Not only is Jar Jar Binks more annoying than I remembered, the story is boring and convoluted and it is soooo long, especially the boring pod racing scene. I spent most of the film thinking about how it could be improved slightly by cutting out Jar Jar scenes that don't actually have any effect on the story.
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
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