This scapegoat of a movie definitely needs more appreciation. I still love it at age Sure, it can be a bit sloppy at times, and it switches from plot a to plot b constantly. The stereotypes can be jarring at times.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace The peaceful planet of Naboo is under threat from the manipulating forces of evil at work in the Trade Federation of a galaxy far, far away.
The Queen of Naboo, the powerful Jedi knights and a young boy with intimidating promise endeavour to defend justice and the forces of good.
You can glimpse the shadowy figure lurking in the background as Ewan McGregor gets his Padawan buzz cut. To make his point painfully obvious Lucas arranges the action of his first movie since his separation from Marcia Lucas in around the discovery of a miracle child by a doomed father figure and the eventual passing of this boy from his natural mother to an adoptive parent who is perhaps not yet mature enough to master the task alone.
But to accommodate this one action Lucas is forced to postpone every other key event to a later movie — how could a nine-year old participate in the Clone Wars? It is a mistake from which the prequels never recover.
Things get off to a cold start with the much parodied credit crawl. The menace is still phantom. An inexcusably lazy establishing shot - the Jedi shuttle cruises past the camera - and lethargic opening sequence hardly help pick up the pace.
This arse-numbing inactivity recurs throughout The Phantom Menace: The plot machinery lumbers through the gears, hampered further by the strange declarative dialogue and by an apparent disinterest in making these scenes visually interesting. Critics complained that Lucas had got yet worse at writing for humans in the twenty-two years since Star Wars, in fact it is simply that, beyond Alec Guinness talking about the force, the plot of A New Hope requires no exposition - The Phantom Menace on the other hand is all explanation, much of it, like the midichlorians, unwanted and unnecessary.
And yet there is still much pleasure to be had watching our full-blown Jedi guides in action. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan quickly discover that things are mercifully worse than the credit crawl predicted, a robot invasion force is being unpacked, Naboo is under actual threat. After all, this film has at its hero a small boy — it cannot visit the dark 12A places.
From that moment it is a race against time collapsed to provide greater unity and a struggle just to stay alive.
In The Phantom Menace our heroes are waylaid by a faulty engine. The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance and Qui-Gon prefers to gamble with a junk-yard dealer than twat him with his lightsaber. Tatooine turns out to be a total bust. This is a section so flabby that even the electrifying pod race goes on for one lap too long.
But hell, we meet Vader Jnr. Despite the unspeakable Yoda puppet, more endless politicking and some iffy CGI, the arrival on Coruscant and the subsequent battle of Naboo provide most of the lasting excuses for forgiving The Phantom Menace.
At last there are new worlds to explore, new creatures to encounter and new wrinkles to the Star Wars myth. Perhaps best of all, we have the death of Qui-Gon.
Indeed, we are told that the kid is too old to be trained and that the Jedi council fear him, facts that are utterly lost on an audience who see only a bowl-headed brat. Imagine for a moment a street urchin orphaned by the Clone Wars, a scoundrel scamming to survive, already using the force without even realising it.
Imagine, for a second, an Anakin invested with the spirit of a young Han Solo… With the galaxy of hype now far, far away Menace seems much less of a public menace.Product Description. Begin your STAR WARS DVD collection with STAR WARS: Episode 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE.
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May 17, · "Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace," to cite its full title, is an astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking. If some of the characters are less than compelling, perhaps that's inevitable: This is the first story in the chronology and has to set up characters who (we already know) will become more interesting with the /5.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace received generally mixed reception, with GameRankings giving it a score of % for the PC version, and a % for the PlayStation version..
In the United States, the computer version of The Phantom Menace sold , copies by November , according to PC Data. The game was a bestseller in the UK. Its PlayStation version received a "Gold" . What I mean is that to watch The Phantom Menace as a lifelong "Star Wars" fan is to engage in constant, fragile negotiations between a cherished familiarity and the shock of the new.
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