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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…
An indiscriminatingly awful, vomit-inducing, excessively cartoonish, unbelievably stupid & mind-numbingly pathetic piece of shit that deserves to be ranked amongst the worst atrocities ever committed on film canvas, the first chapter of George Lucas' prequel trilogy & fourth instalment in the Star Wars saga marks its creator's return to film direction after a 22-year hiatus and shows that world cinema was far better off without his directional inputs.
Set three decades before the events of Star Wars in a galaxy far far away, the story of The Phantom Menace follows two Jedi Knights who are sent to negotiate a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute but when that falls apart, they flee from their hostile situation to warn the Queen and…
*previously a 53, now an 84*
I think I've reached the tipping point of my love for this thing, but then again, each rewatch is practically exponential in how it affects me as a Star Wars fan and a cinephile. Each frame of world building - cascading waterfalls, forests festering with fog, dusty Tatooine landscapes - is rich and lively in its conceptual work, with costuming, CG effects, and sound design providing a textual beginning to the saga. Lucas paints this picture as delicate and grandiose; a far cry from the uncertainty of Attack of the Clones and the devastating tragedy of Revenge of the Sith. All the puzzle pieces - galactic politics, bureaucratic interplay, Jedi as spies and samurai,…
*previously a 15, now a 53*
Pretty drastic jump in quality on this rewatch, a one-two combo of Lucas's formalism hitting me like a ton of bricks and his ability of weaving dedicated Star Wars influences and filmic nods towards his personal mythological tapestry overwhelming my eyes and ears (shoutout to the 'Ring Theory'). I can't defend the dialogue or the performances, and Jar-Jar is utterly atrocious in spite of his well-meaning basis of being a sci-fi Buster Keaton sidekick, but Lucas creates an entirely different time and place in The Phantom Menace, starting a musical symphony sixteen years after the climax has already been cherished and the end has been mourned. If anything is certain, Lucas adores image-making like…
Ani are you ok?
So, Ani are you ok?
Are you ok Ani?
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace:
Score: 3 out of 5
"There is no civility, only politics"
Thoughts: The ratings for this film could have been very different. If Jar Jar Binks was taken out this is easily a 4 star movie. But the subtraction of Darth Maul makes it 2 stars. But as it is with both in the film it comes to the middle with 3 stars. And I swear Darth Maul is the driver from Drive but in space.
No question the prequel trilogies is not as good as the original. And of the three films in that trilogy, this to my mind, is the worst.
Everyone I am sure has a theory as to why this is. To my mind it's poor writing with terrible dialogue and lack luster direction.
This is to be honest dull. The fight scenes are good enough as is the action but this film is flat to my mind.
There's nothing essentially wrong with the plot, although the idea of a trade dispute being the starting point for the saga has been commented on, I can think of may a real life conflict that has started for such.
The effects are OK, and if you look at this as a placeholder for what is to come then it suffices.
The acting from a talented cast is all that you could ask, given the material.
I don't reject the prequels and their stories as Star Wars canon, but the execution of those stories are pretty poor. Phantom Menace is over-bloated with too much plasticky CGI, sub-par performances, and terrible dialogue.
Ok, Ok so Anakin and Jar Jar Binks are a bit annoying, I get it. But I was a kid when this came out so nostalgia is a factor.
bad... but necessary
I've had a complex relationship with this film. I saw it on release day in middle school way back in the year of 1999 when my Star Wars fandom was it's strongest. I will myself to love it (or like it) for a year or two. But once I had it on VHS it sunk in how deeply flawed the movie is.
I still turned out for the other two prequels but at that point my enthusiasm was dead. By the time Revenge of the Sith was released I was mocking it openly at the theater. However, over time I've seen that Episode 1 is the purest of the prequels.
Sure it's not a good movie. But it has Lucas…
Is there any other character in movie history as annoying as Jar Jar Binks?
The two stars are for the podrace and the occasional lightsaber fights.
I watched this trying to put myself in the mindset of one having never seen any other STAR WARS movie, or barely knowing what any of it means, and it hit me like an intergalactic acid trip.
From nowhere, you crashland into this nearly incomprehensible though inevitable (once all the pieces of the puzzle are there) landscape and the Somewhereland situation, and then you're carried along by these weird yet fully realized characters, acting in this stoic but thoroughly earnest manner, and all along (wouldn't you know) it's actually gonna turn out to be all about the boy. It's a wide beginning of a bottleneck and a great, spectacular way to start a story. It all looks sparkly and joyous,…
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