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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [film] (1999)

by George Lucas (Director)

Other authors: Jake Lloyd (Actor), Ian McDiarmid (Actor), Ewan McGregor (Actor), Liam Neeson (Actor), Natalie Portman (Actor)1 more, Terence Stamp

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Series: Star Wars Movies (Episode 1)

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Acting: 4.0; Theme: 4.5; Content: 4.5; Language: 5.0; Overall: 4.5; This is the first (chronologically) in the classic series produced by George Lucas; the Jedi (Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, mainly) help free Queen Amidala and the planet of Naboo from the trade federation; we see the beginning of Darth Vader (even while we do not realize it at this point, unless you are a big Star Wars fan and have watched all the movies) in the young Anakin Skywalker; while this movie was made around twenty years after the original production, it shared some much needed information to better understand the beginning of this epic fantasy/science fiction series; highly recommend. ***July 19, 2018*** ( )
  jntjesussaves | Jul 20, 2018 |
Acting: 4.5; very good acting overall from this cast, featuring several big-name stars (Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson) and Star Wars veterans (Anthony Daniels, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker), although acting from the young star leaves a bit to be desired (although, to be fair, he was about 10 years old).
Theme: 5.0; the Trade Federation blockades a peaceful planet, so two Jedi (Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi) go to disrupt the growing conflict, meeting (along the way) such characters as the young Queen of Naboo, the clumsy and inept Jar Jar Binks, and the young Anakin Skywalker, a slave strong in the Force, while pursued by a dark, mysterious Sith Lord.
Language: 5.0; nothing objectionable.
Content: 4.5; the usual lightsaber dueling and blaster fighting in a Star Wars movie, with several fatalities involved; there is some blood in one of the fight scenes.

Chronologically, The Phantom Menace is the first part in the Star Wars saga. While the film and its following duology receive a large amount of hate from casual audiences, I personally love them with a passion. Of course, some of the writing and acting of the film leave a bit to be desired, but the rest of it -- and the music, visuals, and story are amazing. The characters are brilliant -- especially getting to see the introduction to young Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the mother of Luke and Leia. Darth Maul is equally amazing; despite his lack of screen time, the main villain of the film has a great visual design and an awesome double-bladed lightsaber. But no matter how good the rest of the film is, nothing about it can outdo the lightsaber duel at the conclusion of the film. The music is superb (John Williams produced perhaps the greatest Star Wars track, "Duel of the Fates," for this duel) and the choreography is as good as any other duel in Star Wars. Ignore all of the hate this film gets; yes, it doesn't beat out the original trilogy -- that's a hard task to accomplish for any film. But still, it is a great film and benefits from the story continued in the rest of the saga. Do yourself a favor and check out the first installment of the Star Wars saga. Despite its flaws, it is still a great film. ***Watched July 19, 2018*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Jul 19, 2018 |
Rewatched with the grandkids.
Despite the despair of SW Fandom, it's an okay show for kids (no depth, funny characters). ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 18, 2016 |
Political machinations lead to war... in space!

Grating. I hadn't seen it since it was originally released, so I didn't remember just how bad it is. I thought maybe it was judged harshly because of the high expectations. No. It's just awful. Depressingly bad.

Concept: B
Story: C
Characters: D
Dialog: D
Pacing: D
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: D
Acting: D
Music: B

Enjoyment: F

GPA: 1.5/4 ( )
  comfypants | Nov 6, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lucas, GeorgeDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lloyd, JakeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDiarmid, IanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGregor, EwanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Neeson, LiamActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Portman, NatalieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stamp, Terencesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCallum, RickProducersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.… (more)

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