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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…
well that sure was 2 hours and 10 minutes of a life
It's got ups and downs but, in the end it's a fun movie.
Not as bad as most make it out to be. Not as good as some want it to be.
"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" is a combination of bad acting, uninteresting political dialogue, some annoying characters (by that, I mean Jar Jar Binks and Anakin Skywalker). That kid who plays Anakin annoyed the crap out of me. And the ending was stupid. But there were some admittedly fun action sequences, some cool fight sequences, and the last 25 minutes were pretty fun. Overall, it's not good, but it's not terrible.
Yes it's boring but it still has some great scenes that make it worth watching. The pod racing and Darth Maul (who should have featured way more than he does) lightsaber battle being the standouts.The film and CGI still look great considering it was released in 99.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Movie Review
Uuuuuuuuuggggghhhhhhhhh. I liked this when I was a kid. Further proof that kids are dumb.
For starters, the visuals in this film were way ahead of their time, and still hold up to today's standards. The space scenes and planets look great. The flaw here: The CGI characters and animals are very noticeable and distracting. One of the great things in the original trilogy was the use of practical effects. This film and the prequels as a whole REALLY overdid the CGI. It takes away from the emotion of the fight scenes and characters.
Next, the plot is very slow and the story never finds its footing. The film seems to…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Though the film carries some visual splendor and artistic glamour, a misguided series of casting choices, narrative decisions and weak CGI cripple a movie that was so important that it needed to hit it clear out of the park like none other.
When an industrial dispute shuts down trade to the planet Naboo, A wise Jedi, Qi-Gong (Liam Neeson) and his protege Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), are dispatched by the Jedi council to investigate the situation, stalked by deadly Sith warrior Darth Maul (Ray Park)
First and foremost, I have no emotional attachment to the Star Wars franchise, from a nostalgia standpoint or otherwise, though I enjoy and appreciate the films for their action scenes, fantastic designs, spectacular battle sequences and…
Everyone says it's bad. I thought it would be bad. I didn't know it would be THAT bad
Watching this again I was surprised how bad it is. The music is still great and everything looks very impressive - but the trade dispute stuff is really just not interesting enough - obviously the real narrative is the Emperor Palpatine subtext - but it's just not an exciting way to tell a story. There is also a big problem with explaining everything - lots of films suffer from this I know - but it really works against the things that made Star Wars great - the whole mythic adventure thing. Anytime anything actually happens - the film suddenly beacomes almost great - but mostly it's just rather extraordinarily costumed people in amazing places telling each other what's happening - which is not much.
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…