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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…
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…
I liked this movie too much as a kid. As I've gotten older, I've seen more of the problems with it, from meh acting to gaping plot holes. The prequel trilogy does not live up to the greatness of the original movies.
Although I am a huge fan of the original trilogy and the star wars universe in general it still took a great deal of effort to sit through this film which is the first installment of the prequel trilogy. Although I am not as hard on this film as some other hardcore fans would I am not blind to the incredibly poor dialogue and wooden acting that is evident throughout his film. The movie is incredibly slow considering the fact that it is an adventure film and the character of Jar Jar Binks is so poorly handled that it makes the movie cringe worthy at times. The movie is saved however from being a complete disaster by a pleasent performance from Liam Neeson and a few truly stunning action sequences. Yet it still cannot help but be poor in the end.
Call me a contrarian or a devil's advocate, but I quite enjoyed this one, and have happily watched it 5 or 6 times at least. It's not to the same standard as the originals, but average Star Wars is still better than good anything else.
Doesn't compare at all to the original trilogy, but on it's own, The Phantom Menace is a decent Sci Fi adventure.
STAR WARS: EP I - A AMEAÇA FANTASMA
Movie shoulda been better. Jar jar binks will go down as most annoying character ever
What I Learned:
I hate this movie
The weight of expectations almost cripple this film, which is full of glaring stupidity and painful dialogue amongst genuinely exciting action set-pieces
Shocker, Liam Neeson plays a badass in this movie. Who saw that coming?
A nine year old Anakin Skywalker hitting on a 14 year old queen, Ewan McGregor rocks the braid and ponytail at the same time, a young Natalie Portman, and a Sith with a double ended lightsaber. Yeah, this movie is incredibly cheesy. I mean, it was the 90's. Compared to the older Star Wars films this movie is complete trash. There is way to much back story. They spend way to much time talking about Galactic trade laws instead of actually getting into the conflict. In the end, you're left wondering where Darth Maul came from and what is the whole point of this conflict. Maybe that's…
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…