Star Wars: Episode I - The Gungan Menace...
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is a 1999 Sc-ifi adventure film, the PG rated film that grossed over $1 Billion worldwide is directed by George Lucas, who is also known for his directing credit for the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode VI - A New Hope, and the 1973 American Graffiti, overall I believe his directing in the film is somewhat satisfying, he leads the Star Wars saga in a new direction, and it's not the best way to go.
The film stars Liam Neeson as the Jedi Master Qui Gon, Liam Nesson is actually not bad in his role, he seems to be committed to it and is probably the best thing about this film. Ewan McGregor plays the young Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is good as an actor, but I didn't feel he is the right fit for Obi Wan, I didn't feel like he would be the one who would grow up and become the Old Ben we know and love in A New Hope. Jake Llyod plays the VERY young Annakin Skywalker, I'm just going to say it now, he was not good, he was terrible, he was definitely full of life, but his skills at playing a believable character was bad, i don't see how this boy could grow up and become Darth Vader, I didn't see it, or maybe it was George Lucas's script that made me feel no sympathy for the character. Let's talk about Natalie Portman, who is pretty bad and pretty good at times, I guess it's 50/50, but she was not developed well and I didn't care for her character at all.
The film has good visual effects for a 1999 film, but the CGI (creatures etc.) was just plain bad, Jar Jar Binks character was super annoying, he looked fake and that is just one example of bad CGI. The makeup/hair-styling in the film looks great, Queen Amandila's makeup and hair-styling was outstanding, along with the films main villain, Darth Maul looking amazing with very good makeup, it looked so real and even cool. The film also had great costume design, pretty much what the queen was wearing, but even the Jedi robes looked great. The sound editing and mixing looked great, when the light sabers clashed, when guns shot, when spaceships put out lasers, it was great! The film was shot at gorgeous sets, they looked beautiful and i enjoyed it, sometimes it felt like a green screen, but other times it felt real.
The plot is not that good or believable, it is not devolved well nor is it balanced well on a balance scale. The film starts off good, we meet our characters Qui Gon and Obi Wan, and I like that we instantly get into action, but the plot is so stupid and confusing, if there is one thing this whole prequel trilogy does bad is the writing, the film had terrible dialogue, it's not put together right. By the middle of the film, you will notice that things are not making sense and the writing is getting weird and stupid, things are just put in the film that don't matter for the film, there are unexplained things on the film like the prophecy of bringing balance to the force, it is never explained, and super dumb.
John Williams as always provides an excellent score for the film, it is one of the few good things about this film. The film got boring and I wanted it to end by the 1 hour 30 minute mark.
I didn't care for the characters, the plot is uninteresting and the film feels quite unnecessary at times, but Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is a visually fun adventure, even if the film can't balance it self on it's majestic tone.
I would give this film a 58/100