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Every Legend has a story and every saga has a beginning...

  • Mar 23, 2010
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We all have choices we make in life sometimes they are for good reasons and sometimes the choices we make leads us down a path from wince there is no return. For Anakin Skywalker has walked this path and turned his back on everyone and everything he has ever known. But the biggest question that is lurking in everyone's mind is how did he choose the dark side over all that he knew and loved? Why would he help destroy everything that was so dear to him? Did he do it for power? did he do it for love? Those questions have always baffled Star Wars fans for twenty-two years. And now after all this time the answer to the greatest question in Star Wars history is about to be revealed.

 

 

George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"  is a visual eye catching, mind bending  spectacle that resonates with the  heart and with the soul  it catches the very imagination of the audiences  and brings to life  a world that has been missing from the screen for the better part of two decades.  It's beautiful and mystifying,  enchanting and endearing, heartbreaking  yet breathtaking  George Lucas has crafted a film that  is true to the Star Wars  mythology  and  true to the heart of a story that always has something  to say, and something to see.  "The Phantom Menace" is not a story of love, loss and war it’s an eternal struggle of good vs. evil of how your choices can lead you down a path of righteousness or down a path of evil, Lucas brings out the best of the characters and of the story. This for being so old has an amazing fresh and innovative revival   in this prequel   that gives new life to the Star Wars saga and shows you the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.

 

 

Liam Neeson  is fantastic in this, Neeson doesn't let you down he gives you all he's got and then some  he's bold brave  and patient, yet subtle and fierce in his role as Obi Wan Kenobi's master. But unlike others who have played the part he does it better. Not only bringing a more fatherly and   caring side to it he also adds an aggressive yet calm demeanor to his character which demonstrates Qui Gon’s skill as a Jedi Master and h is cool head in battle. Which is emphasized by Neeson calm acting, Neeson is perfectly cast. Ewan McGregor demonstrates here   his skills as a character actor, he may falter, he may not fully convince you at times but McGregor never lets you down he gives you the performance you could hope for and then some. McGregor doesn't try to impress you or win you over in this first installment (He has two other films to do that.) But instead he does his best with what he is given and what he does is fantastic.  Jake Lloyd is beyond terrible in almost every scene he is in he chews his words like they were some bad chicken and spits in the faces of the audience.  Lloyd tries his best but he has not passion, no spark for  the profession that is acting he just says the lines like  they were nothing  and has no respect for what he is doing, all in all Jake Lloyd is an eyesore.  The rest of the cast including Natalie Portman, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Ian Diarmid, Ahmed Best and Keira Knightly deliver knockout supporting performances in what marks the return of one of cinema most legendary sagas.

 

 

 

 

"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"   may not win any new fans and it also may not impress the die hard but it is a visual and visceral treat for the eyes and the senses. It gives you the big bold out of this world adventure you could hope for from a Star Wars movie and then some. It works better as a visual extravaganza than as a story of galactic conflict, "Phantom Menace” doesn’t let you down it delivers on the big questions fans have been asking but on a level as a film it is far from being a classic but it never falters and never cheats you and gives you the   movie going experience you want.

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October 21, 2010
These three new ones were good, but the best are the first three. Great review.
 
March 28, 2010
this was alright for me, that pod race sure was entertaining! I just wished that a great villain such as DARTH MAUL would've lasted a lot longer in a fight! Glad you're dropping these reviews here, STAR WARS have a never-ending hype attached to it since it is one of the longest running franchises of all!
 
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"I have a bad feeling about this," says the young Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) inStar Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menaceas he steps off a spaceship and into the most anticipated cinematic event... well, ever. He might as well be speaking for the legions of fans of the original episodes in theStar Warssaga who can't help but secretly ask themselves: Sure, this isStar Wars, but is itmy Star Wars? The original elevated moviegoers' expectations so high that it would have been impossible for any subsequent film to meet them. And as with all theStar Warsmovies,The Phantom Menacefeatures inexplicable plot twists, a fistful of loose threads, and some cheek-chewing dialogue. Han Solo's swagger is sorely missed, as is the pervading menace of heavy-breather Darth Vader. There is still way too much quasi-mystical mumbo jumbo, and some of what was fresh aboutStar Wars22 years earlier feels formulaic. Yet there's much to admire. The special effects are stupendous; three worlds are populated with a mélange of creatures, flora, and horizons rendered in absolute detail. The action and battle scenes are breathtaking in their complexity. And one particular sequence of the film--the adrenaline-infused pod race through the Tatooine desert--makes the chariot race inBen-Hurlook like a Sunday stroll through the park.

Among the host of new characters, there are a few familiar walk-ons. We witness the first meeting between R2-D2 and C-3PO, Jabba the Hutt...

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Director: George Lucas
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 19, 1999
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: George Lucas
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
Runtime: 2hrs 11min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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