Star Wars movies are some of my favorite movies! Here are my thoughts on The Phantom Menace!
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Now the opening sequence is good and interesting. That first scene when Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fighting of the battle droids and droidekas in really cool and interesting. I still love the part when Qui-Gon thrusts his lightsaber into the door to get to the Viceroy. Just something about that scene is great. The beginning is all good. It is everything we want it to be. Its intriguing and has the right amount of action. It also shows very well the relationship between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. We can see quickly that they both make a great team.
As the story goes we meet the most annoying and pathetic character of the Star Wars universe. Jar Jar Binks. Now as a small child I loved Jar Jar. Now it seems he is only be there to appeal to children. I am not against having characters appeal to children, but did he have to be so annoying? He is bogs down the movie by being stupid. He is really on there for comedic relief. I understand that comedic relief is needed, but there are better ways to have comedic relief than just having one extremely annoying character.
Another thing I think is wrong in this movie especially is the love story between Anakin and Padmé. Anakin is 9 years old and Padmé is 14. That is just kinda awkward and a bit strange. Think about a 9 year old boy you know and then think of 14 year old girl you know. A bit strange right? I mean maybe after they both grow up a little fine, but a 9 year old?
The movie continues to move on and we meet the main antagonist. Darth Maul. He looks pretty menacing (see what I did there) with those horns. We only get a little action at the point.
The movie continues on. One of the things this movie has is waayyy to many scenes of political talks. They seem long and most of the time uninteresting. It is fine with me to have a bit here and there, but it seems like some of those seems last FOREVER! Multiple times during the movie I think, "Stop talking and move on!"
As we move forward with the story we have three story arcs in the final battle of the movie. We have Anakin up in space fighting against the Trade Federation ships, Jar Jar Binks somehow gets the rank of General and fights against the battle droids on Naboo, Padme and the rest of her guards capture the Viseroy, and Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fight Darth Maul.
Anakin's arc in the battle in space is entertaining and fun. It is not super amazing or anything that we hadn't seen before, but it lives up to most of my expectations. Although Anakin can get a bit annoying, it is still a fun scene.
When it comes to Jar Jar and the rest of the Gungan army fighting the battle droids...do yourself a favor and push the skip button. It's not worth your time.
Padme trapping the Viseroy is fun to watch. Interesting enough and can hold your attetion.
Now lets talk about one of the best fight scenes in the saga. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul. Lets start with Darth Maul's lightsaber. His double blade lightsaber is pretty much one of the coolest things ever! The different settings that they move into are pretty legit as well.
Despite the how awesome this fight is it has 1 major flaw. It kills off 2 of the most interesting characters this movie had going for it. Darth Maul had little to no character development. He has like 3 lines in the movie. I think it would have been great to at least develop the character.They also killed off Qui-Gon Jinn. Now maybe keeping either Darth Maul or Qui-Gon could have made a way better sequel. Imagine Obi-Wan meeting Darth Maul again, but this time with more bitter feelings towards him. Obi-Wan could have spared Darth Maul's life and fought against hate. It could have shown even more how Obi-Wan was a true Jedi. Or imagine if Qui-Gon lived and Darth Maul dead. Qui-Gon could have lived, taught Anakin for a while. Anakin would look up to him like a father. Time would pass and eventually Qui-Gon would have to fight Count Dooku, his former master. I know its dramatic, but people its called cinema. It is supposed to be dramatic. I could go on. The point is killing off both those characters was a bad move. I'm not saying I hate the way the rest of the Prequel Trilogy came out, I am just saying I think keeping one of those characters could have made it a whole lot better.
All in all the movie definitely had its flaws.
What did you think of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace?
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