Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory. (IMDb)
The core here is solid: one part engaging political power-games plot, one part planet-hopping adventure (loved the journey underwater: “There’s always a bigger fish”) with some moments of intrigue on the side (see the princess twist, Jedi council debate on the kid, the mysterious menace). Its often distasteful decoration (sorry Jar-Jar, you’re just a bit much; annoying Anakin isn’t helped by the script: “I’ll try spinning, that’s a good trick!”) weakens it but overall it’s still enjoyable.
6.5/10 (Alright)

 

3 thoughts on “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

  1. Joel, I am not 100% sure of the ultimate outcome, however, I get the feeling that Darth Maul would have been outclassed. This way Qui-Gon Jinn could have trained Anakin Skywalker and maybe prevented his turn to the dark side.

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