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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…
This movie had a lot of problems, and a major one for me was how it failed to properly introduce the franchise to a new generation and at the same time, also failed to please any of the old fans.
It pretty much needs you to already have some knowledge of this universe, as well as what a Jedi can do.
There are still quite a few good moments, Darth Maul for example had an amazing design and performance, even if he was badly used and ended up just being a "dragon" for the heroes to defeat. I personaly liked the race, it was an expansion of what we know about life in this universe and entertained well.
It's so disheartening that in order to watch all the Star Wars movies I have to watch this one.
It's so bad.
I have friends that like this better than A New Hope...
I need better friends.
I remember very vividly when The Phantom Menace first came out; I was 11 or 12 years old, and I recall for the first time being struck by how much of a hype there was around a film. The marketing, promotions, advertisements and overall buzz was something I had never experienced before, and the fact that my local cinema even added screens to the building for this very film shows how much of a big deal the first of the three prequels was.
Such a huge cinematic event slap-bang in the middle of my childhood should have left a lasting impression or some sense of nostalgia to look back on, but the sad truth is that when I hear "Star…
No entiendo porque no les gusto :(
Darth Maul makes this movie enjoyable.
How could I rate a Star Wars film fairly? After all, they were such a large part of my childhood and all I will say about the Phantom Menace is that I like it, along with all the Star Wars films, despite the obvious flaws.
A Ameaça Fantasma
The plot goes in a clever, if ill-advised direction considering the sizeable fan base who have their minds made up on what they like. Visually impressive and benefitting from good casting choices in Neeson and McGregor, the Phantom Menace is enjoyable if you're wiling to open your mind.
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I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
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