BySteven Belknap, writer at
Over the decade my interest in films has grown to where I would like to express how movies are an influence and a reflection of our society
Steven Belknap

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review

Now this movie has been out for a while now, 16 years I believe, but in preparation of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens coming out in December I decided to see this and ya know what, Phantom Menace is still ....Meh.... Its not great, but there are some redeeming qualities within that film, mostly in the form of Liam Neeson as Qui Gon Jinn and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and of course the double blade wielding sith Darth Maul. Those three were the best parts of the movie. Seeing the Jedi Council was cool even with puppet Yoda, but we got to see other Jedi and subsequently other races which was cool.The pod race was mildly entertaining, but it mostly fell short. The kid playing Anakin could not act and no offense with Natalie Portman but it was kind of like watching someone with no emotion. Now the worst part of it all, we all know and we all make fun of it... Jar Jar Binks, god what the hell George Lucas, what were you thinking, he was literally the worst character you could have come up with. In all honesty I don't think George Lucas was even focusing on character development and more on CGI. I don't even think he was thinking, period. Overall score due to some redeeming qualities, it deserves a 5 maybe 5.5 out of 10. Now you might be thinking, oh the movie was better than that, it deserves higher score, well I saw it as a kid and I loved it as a kid, but as an adult I look back and I think wow that was...meh. So yes a 5 out of 10 is fine.


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