ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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So, how do you feel about The Phantom Menace? It's one of the most pressing questions in fandom, even fifteen years after the film's release - and your answer can sometimes seem to define your social status in any given geeky situation.

Most of us, though, it seems, have some distinctly mixed feelings about the film - myself included - with the fact that it is, at its core, a whole lot of fun balanced out by all the trade negotiations. And Jar Jar.

Intriguingly, though, it seems that Ewan McGregor, who played Obi Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy feels...pretty much the same way. Speaking to Details, recently, the actor revealed that he's as aware of the film's limitations as the rest of us - and that he understands possibly the biggest problem that the film had...

"They had a tall order, the three films did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time. I don't mind the criticism. I've heard it to my face."
"Say what?"
"Say what?" actually a really astute analysis. I can still remember the ridiculous levels of excitement I felt going into Episode I - which, by the time Episode II came around, had been pretty solidly destroyed. That, though, probably had as much to do with me being a teenager as it did the films' flaws, though...

Then again, as McGregor also points out:

"I watched it once, at the premiere, so I'm not in a good position to judge"

Wait, seriously? That's...actually quite an achievement. I don't even like the movie that much, and I've accidentally watched it on TV at least seven times.

But, y'know what? Seeing as he spent a whole bunch of years of his life on the set of those movies, that's kind of understandable.

What do you guys think, though?


Episode I: Was it THAT bad?



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