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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…
"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.
And you, young Skywalker; we shall watch your career with great interest.
Star Wars Marathon over two days with friends. I wasn't going to go for the prequels but decided to take the plunge at the last minute. It's probably been quite a few years since I've seen Phantom Menace and truly tried to watch it with an open mind. No hype, no prejudging.
First off the hatred for Jar Jar Binks is unfounded. He is by far not the worst thing in this film. The worst thing in the film without question is the horrible dialogue made worst by emotionless delivery. Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman are all great actors but you wouldn't know it…
The entire Star Wars saga has a strange power over me that I can't fully explain. The original trilogy is understandable, those films will always have a special place in my heart and remain outstanding classics that I could watch over and over for the rest of my life. The part that troubles me comes into play most specifically in regards to Episode I, The Phantom Menace.
I have heard many people voice their opinion that the second installment of the prequels, Attack of the Clones, is the worst film from the saga, but I wholeheartedly disagree. The Phantom Menace is undoubtedly the biggest piece of shit out of the three, often times laughably, painfully bad (I understand this can…
"Yousa in big doo-doo this time"
Jar Jar Binks stepping in a pile of doo-doo about halfway through the film is the closest George Lucas gets to symbolism in this whole trilogy. It's almost like George Lucas didn't understand what he did right with the original trilogy or maybe he watched his own movies wrong. Yes this movie has lots of elements of Star Wars, but it's missing the key one - characters. Every bit of dialogue in this film is designed to advance plot, not character. This is why even good actors like McGregor and Portman look like they have no idea what they're doing.
Darth Maul was by far the most creative aspect of this film, while he…
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it now sucks in all three dimensions.....
This is one of those films that gradually get worse every time you see it. Even as a child I thought something was amiss with this prequel, but thought maybe the next prequel installments would make everything clear - how wrong I was.
This film is a disaster that will forever disappoint fans and tarnish the wonder of the original trilogy.
Watched with the kids, kind of. I thought Hamish would enjoy it and he liked the pod race, but the rest didn't hold his attention.
It takes an especially bad movie to waste the talents of Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, and Ewan McGregor-- especially in such an easy-to-love franchise. On top of that, this particular installment manages to waste the one interesting character it creates in Darth Maul. Quite the feat, George Lucas...
PS. Jake Lloyd may be the worst child actor to date.
Why? D: Even Episode II and III are better in my opinion and they are also bad (or at least playing on an other level than IV, V and VI). Something definitly went wrong here. And I did not like Liam Neeson, Jake Lloyd or JarJar Binks in this movie at all. Natalie P. and Ewan McGregor were okay.
Wouldn't it have been neat if during the final Obi-Wan/Darth Maul battle the main power went out and the backup generator was an eerie red glow complementing Darth Maul's face? But we must review the movie that is here, the movie we want to be there.
I've seen this film countless times due to living with a child who counts it as one of his favorites. Every time I watch it I try to find something redeemable in it, and goodness, it's a difficult task.
The movie is harmlessly mediocre until the story focuses on Anakin which causes the film to come to a screeching halt every single time.
I enjoy Darth Maul and Queen Amadala's dresses (except for the one with weird Christmas bulbs at the bottom.)
There's plenty of manifestos describing this movie's folly already so there really is nothing I can add to the already voluminous conversation.
As a Star Wars fan I have to say that I enjoyed this film despite the often poor acting, somewhat weaker characters,and a plot that is not that amazing. Scenes like the pod race and the final lightsaber battle are enjoyable nonetheless.
It's really not THAT bad... Jar Jar Binks is still completely unforgivable and the biggest reason why it leaves a sour taste in people's mouths... But that podrace & Darth Maul though!
I have been a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy since I was a very young child. I have even delved into some of the novels because I enjoy the Star Wars universe so much. I'm sure there were other people that were anticipating this movie more than I was, but I was certainly above average in excitement. Now it's easy, perhaps even fashionable, to say that this movie crushed all my expectations. I mean that's the popular opinion nowadays, right? But the first time I saw this prequel I must admit I overlooked its flaws and tried to love it for what it is.
The thing that this episode gets right is that it has a few great…
Obi-Wan: You were right about one thing, master. The negotiations were short.
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