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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.
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…
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…
WHY HAVE I SEEN THIS SO MANY TIMES?
Well, ''The Phantom Menace'' was a good Star Wars movie, uh along with the exception of Jar-Jar and Jake Lloyd, I'm still a Star Wars fan, can't wait to see ''The Force Awakens.''
''There's always a bigger fish.''
O que falar de Star Wars? Precisa?
É impossível tentar sintetizar em review uma série que transcendeu a condição de filme e se estabeleceu como cultura na Indústria Pop mundial. Uma franquia que praticamente inventou o gênero blockbuster e que dispensa qualquer apresentação.
É, Star Wars influenciou tanta coisa, que sua importância é incontestável. E mesmo os filmes mais recentes, criticados por alguns, têm seu mérito, por terem sido a porta de entrada para uma nova geração de apaixonados pelo universo de George Lucas. E que universo! Recheado de personagens icônicos e carismáticos. Até mesmo os vilões são idolatrados. O que falar de Darth Vader, por exemplo? O vilão dos vilões!
O que me resta é, pelo menos, tentar atribuir…
Había que verla, misión de fan. No hablare de la peli, pero el 3D me ha decepcionado, aunque todavía no me ha gustado ninguna película en 3D que no se haya rodado en este formato por lo que no es nada nuevo.
Si, la película tiene cinco estrellas porque aunque es la más floja de las dos trilogías sigue siendo una película que si no se compara con sus hermanas es un film superlativo.
OK, so here's the thing. I grew up with the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and was my first contact with the franchise as a whole. You heard right! The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie I ever saw. At the time, I thought it was a brilliant, excellent chapter, with the notion that Jar Jar Binks was the coolest character in the whole movie, and even enjoyed it more than the original trilogy (I can't believe I initially viewed A New Hope as the most boring installment). Growing up and revising this franchise year after year after year, let's just say the excitement for Episode I has died down tremendously over the years. And who can blame me?…
The entire time I was thinking one of four things: "What is happening?," "What did he just say?," "Why did we sit through a 20 minute pod race?" Or "Hey is that Warwick Davis?"
Wipe them out. All of them.
I will never for the life of me completely understand why so many people love to hate the prequel trilogy. Sure, they pale in comparison to the original trilogy, and it has quite a few issues, but in the end it's nothing but fantastic fun. Sure, "everyone's ninth favorite Gungan" Jar-Jar Binks feels like the worst and most unnecessary addition to any franchise since Schumacher put nipples on the bat-suit, but at least The Phantom Menace has some awesome redeeming qualities. Not to mention that it was literally a staple of my childhood.
Now, there are a few things in this film that completely save it from being an unmitigated disaster: Liam Neeson, the…
A space fairytale.
My oh my... This was much worse than I remembered. Which should be expected as the last time I watched this film was well into my youth around the time of its initial release. At least back then I thought it was awesome simply for having a bad ass looking villain and some cool action sequences. In reality this film is truly shit when grading it accordingly to film technique and standards. The acting was pretty bad, the writing was weak, and even the special effects weren't as dazzling as I once remembered them to be.
Oh well, I drop my rating to a 2 star score based on this reasoning: 1 star for the pod racing plus 1 star…
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
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