The Phantom Menace
Guest Review by the Mysterious Mr. B.
That said, Phantom Menace is great! Does it compare to the originals? Yep, and in some ways is superior. The effects are better, the acting is better, the story, well the story could have been better, but it was classic Star Wars, delivered in classic Lucas style. Sure, not as good as Empire Strikes Back, but still a remarkable movie and a fine addition to the Star Wars legacy.
Unlike some, I thought the first half-hour really rocked! It was so refreshing to see a couple of trained Jedi in battle confident, skilled, no hesitations or self-doubts. They just knew what to do to survive, and did it. The scenes of Qui-Gon Jinn cutting through blast doors with his lightsaber were fantastic. Now thats the kind of thing Id do if I had a lightsaber!
Surprises? For me, it was that I actually liked Queen Amidala. After seeing snippets in commercials, I was prepared to see a wooden performance. Instead, Natalie Portman pulled off the difficult role of the Queen with style and grace. Ewan McGregor played Obi-Wan perfectly, as did Liam Neeson the Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn. Ray Parks spectacular martial arts moves as Darth Maul were incredible, and his double-edged lightsaber tricks were awesome. We really needed more of this guy!! R2D2 was spectacular as always, and I thought C3PO was, well... good ol' C3P0.
Jar Jar Binks what can I say? If youre looking for a movie spoiler, this annoying creature would be it. Why George, why?
All in all, this is the kind of film you'll perhaps leave the theatre slightly dissappointed with, yet as you think back on it, you'll start to realize more and more what you liked about it. I'll be going back for a second view soon.
My advice for Classic Star Wars fans over 14 years of age, about to embark on their own journey to see the Phantom Menace, is to let yourself be a kid again while watching the movie. You will enjoy it a thousand times more if you just relax, get giddy, and buy some cool merchandise crap. Dont get too critical, just go with it, have fun, and use the Force. Just like you did 25 years ago ;-)
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