Star Wars, Episode I, the Phantom Menace

Star Wars, Episode I, the Phantom Menace

DVD - 2001
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As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow. Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedis to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court. They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy called Anakin Skywalker who is evidently one with the Force. They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedis confront one of the Dark Jedis behind the invasion, Darth Maul, while his master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a "phantom" behind the scenes.


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Mar 27, 2016

Since the entire point of this new trilogy is to marry up with the original saga, there are no surprises, no creativity or any freedom to forge new story lines in this or the following two "prequels" to STAR WARS (afterwards subtitled, "A New Hope" because of the direction forced upon it by the position it maintains in the series due to Lucas' ill-conceived afterthought). Dull, devoid of inspiration and severely limited in scope and imagination, this film shows Lucas for exactly what he is: an embarrassing hack. Bloated with over-produced effects, bad writing and abominable acting, THE PHANTOM MENACE is the absolute nadir of the saga, and the following two films aren't much better. George Lucas should be ashamed. This is self-indulgent, anti-creative film making at its very worst. Look elsewhere for imaginative entertainment. This film is hopeless, boring-- and pathetically unendurable. Ugh!


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