Rewatched Jan 11, 2012
Almost a decade-and-a-half after the release of The Return of the Jedi, George Lucas finally decided that technology had advanced enough to continue the Star Wars series with the fourth film: The Phantom Menace.
Beginning a prequel series to the original three, The Phantom Menace follows the story of Anakin, a young boy enslaved to a greedy junk dealer.
After being freed by two Jedi on a mission guarding the Queen of Naboo as she attempts to settle a trade dispute, Anakin journeys with the Jedi hoping to be trained to become one.
Meanwhile, Naboo is being attacked by the Trade Federation, the Senate is in turmoil, and a Sith is on the move.
"Always two there are...a master and an apprentice."
"But which was killed, the master or the apprentice?"
Certainly not the best in the series (and it contains some questionable issues), it's still a fun film to watch. The action sequences are good, with the exciting pod race in the beginning, and the stunning three-person duel at the end. In my opinion, this is the best lightsaber duel in the whole Star Wars series.
There are some technical issues with the film, my biggest problem being the poor transitions.
Still fun to watch, it is also important seeing the beginning of Anakin's story, and the legacy of Qui-Gon Jinn.