The best bit was the opening "Star Wars" title
Star Wars Episode 1 "The Phantom Menace" is the first episode of the
Star Wars movie saga. It tells the story of a couple of Jedi knights
who, whilst assisting a Queen save her home planet Naboo, find a young
boy who could be the "chosen one" who could bring balance to the
I've got to be frank - the best part of this movie is where the "Star
Wars" logo appears over space and the familiar Star Wars theme blasts
out. If you are a fan of the first films - it is a fantastic sense of
hope, excitement and exhilaration. Pity that as soon as the "Star Wars"
logo fades into the darkness - so does the movie.
The traditional opening "Star Wars" backstory text talks about an
intergalactic trade embargo, taxation and a blockade. Wow - that
doesn't really get you going does it. And as soon as you settle into
the movie - the characters are cardboard and only act as a background
to the special effects; the story uninspired, over complex yet toned
down for kiddies; the dialogue - ever so wooden ("Are you an
angel?"/"What?"/"An Angel. I've heard the deep space pilots talk about
them. They live on the moons of Iego, I think. They're the most
beautiful creatures in the universe."...as a case in point); the
special effects aren't all that; and ultimately - maybe the backstory
behind the original Star Wars trilogy isn't all that exciting. I mean
we all knows what happens (Anakin gets the Queen knocked up and becomes
Darth Vader)?! What's the point
Most of the actors (most of which are really good in other films) look
somewhat bored with the material. Perhaps they should have attempted to
ad-lib the script - as George Lucas' script writing ability is at the
4th Grade level.
The movie is terribly edited and paced - the movie gets incredibly
bogged down over an unexciting "pod race" sequence and lead-up. I felt
like I was watching a bad video game (everything including the acting
is computer generated!).
Perhaps the only redeeming feature of this movie is the final half an
hour - it almost makes it feel reminiscent of the old Star Wars
climatic sequences. But to be subjected to the first hour and a half is
If only Lucas had just quit while he was ahead and stopped making Star
Wars after "Return of the Jedi". I mean - I think I enjoyed the "Ewok"
telemovies better than this junk..
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Star wars is sweet.
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It is a distant galaxy eons before the gestation.
Cool, Amazing, Fanatastic, .
Lots of action, well made...a must see for any Star Wars fan!.
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A solid but flawed addition to the Star Wars Saga
Well, after waiting 16 years for his next installment, George has given us
"The Phantom Menace". As a Star Wars fan I got what I expected - another
chance to immerse myself in the Star Wars universe - a film whose sole
purpose is essentially escapism. But as a movie fan, and judging it as I
would any other movie, I frankly feel mildly disappointed. Any movie that's
made can always be improved upon but I feel that this
SHOULD have been better. Firstly the good points :
1) The visuals are stunning - a lot of love and hard work has quite
obviously gone into the effects and the people involved can quite rightly be
proud of their work
2) All the performances by the main cast were good. Particularly Natalie
Portman and Pernilla August.
3) The Pod Race was exciting and amusing.
4) The final sabre duel was quite fantastic : Darth Maul prowling up and
down like a caged tiger was a particularly excellent touch - it added real
tension and anticipation to the scene.
5) The music as always was magnificent. The Star Wars saga would lose much
of its charm and intensity without Williams' scores.
And now the negatives :
1) The pacing was too fast in parts! The first half hour of the film just
left me cold - you weren't led into the story. You were dumped straight
into the action. On paper I'm sure the first half hour looked fantastic but
I found myself sitting in the theatre going - 'hey, great special effect
shot there!' I wasn't involved in the story and the scenes lacked tension
2) The film only truly started for me on reaching Tatooine. I finally got
a chance to get to know the characters. However there still was not enough
character development in the film as a whole. For example, Obi Wan had
nothing to do or say throughout the movie except flash his light sabre
around from time-to-time. Who is Obi Wan??? After seeing the film I'm none
the wiser. And the final sabre duel (good as it was) would have been
infinitely better had the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi Wan been
explored past the mere mentor-apprentice motif. The final sabre duel lacked
emotional involvement as a consequence.
3) Why did they make Jar-Jar so incomprehensible?? I found myself becoming
annoyed at having to strain to understand his nonsensical utterings!
(Having said that, he wasn't as annoying as I'd been led to expect) Why
George used easily identifiable racial accents for his alien characters
completely puzzled me.
It just shows a lack of imagination!
4) Not enough Darth Maul.
5) What's with the biological exposition on the Force! Was that necessary?
The first three films pointed to links between the Force and genetics but I
don't need tiresome cold scientific explanations as to the Force's origin,
thank you very much! It just ruins the mystique.
6) Can we have less of the mindless gaffes that occur in the final battle
scenes (You know the ones that save the day!) Its an insult to the
audience's intelligence (In a full theatre I swear I didn't see a single
soul who looked under sixteen! - has George forgotten about the original
fans). In the original trilogy there was none of this cringeful
Well I think I'll stop there. To summarise : a good movie that could have
been a whole lot better. Perhaps there was too much story to cover in two
hours? In which case the plot should have been shortened on the adage that
"less is more". I've always thought that episode one was always going to be
the lamest of the new films so I await the next installment with
anticipation and hope ......