Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – Review

Natalie Portman as Padmé and Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – Courtesy of Disney.

In an effort to capture the imagination of the younger generation — Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace consequently alienated its older audience and forcing its younger audience to grow up with the heavy burden that they found Jar Jar funny when they were young.

Following the story two Jedi’s named Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), they must face down against a phantom enemy while protecting a princess.

George Lucas stormed back into the Star Wars franchise in 1999 with a new trilogy in mind and a target audience in his sight. It doesn’t take long before it becomes evident that Lucas has the aim of a Stormtrooper, never quite landing hits on his target. Lucas struggled to bring his vision anywhere remotely close to his originals, as it ultimately stands as being too excessively childish for adults, and too politically mundane for children; achieving the incredible feat of being wholly entertaining for neither party.

Visually, the implementation of CGI over practical makeup and costumes were rampant in this film, with Darth Maul and Senator Amidala remaining as some of the only pieces that have stood the test of time due to the work done. This CGI seeped its way into almost every facet of the film, dissolving authenticity and leaving the same artificial taste as the script bitterly reeks of. If there’s one element that stands above any of the prequels, then it’s John Williams triumphant score that never fails to impress.

Ultimately for many of the Star Wars fans with high standards, this film lives up to its name for them in one regard, as an actual menace against the franchise. While it certainly isn’t the worst movie ever made, it’s bad enough that Disney wants to forget it happened… and frankly, so do I.

3.4/10

3 thoughts

  1. Yoda and Mace Windu should have confronted Darth Maul. Mainly because even though Yoda used Form IV his smaller size allowed him the chance to use greater speed. Mace Windu’s Form VII variant also allowed him to use the dark side of his opponent(s) to defeat his opponent(s) in combat.

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  2. The biggest mistake was not having Agen Kolar training Anakin Skywalker. Here is the conversation as I see it: Mace Windu: “He will not be trained. He is too old.” Yoda: “Clouded this boy’s future is.” Agen Kolar: “I will train the boy.” The rest of the Council: “You? Do you think you can handle the boy”? Agen Kolar: “I sense similarities to our personalities.” The rest of the Council: “It is settled then.”

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