One of my favorite Christmas movies, and my favorite adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Michael Caine is perfect - well, singing and dancing aside.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Trilogies are hard. You have to tell a cohesive story over three installments, where none of the individual pieces feel inessential, while ensuring that each part stands on its own as a satisfying experience. This is all made much harder when you don't plan your story in advance. The Star Wars sequel trilogy clearly did not plan ahead.
As a trilogy, it's pretty rough. Individual installments also each have their problems. The Force Awakens did an excellent job of introducing…
I'm not going to deny this movie has flaws. But man, I love The Phantom Menace. For every bit of clunky dialogue or mediocre acting, there's a beautiful piece of architecture, an incredible score, a thrilling and visually stunning action sequence, or a new detail that expands the Star Wars universe (not always for the better, but I digress.) Darth Maul! Podracing! Droids! So many great things. I also grew up with this movie more than any other Star Wars, so it holds a special place in my heart.