Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Since I am not a fan of science fiction or comic book movies I try not to look at them with too much scrutiny.  I know that George Lucas has taken some lumps over the years for certain decisions that he has made as a filmmaker but at the end of the day he is still responsible for a franchise that has brought so many people so much joy.

That said… to call this movie a pile of steaming dung would be an offense to dung.  I don’t know what is worse – the dialog, the characters designed to sell toys or the acting (ok, I do know – it’s the dialog).  At some point if you watch closely you can see Liam Neeson give up.  How did Natalie Portman’s career survive this?  She was comicly bad.   And let me get this straight – this film is clearly aimed at kids but the central conflict is… a taxing dispute?  And finally, yet another movie about taking out the shields.  Ugh.  And if you didn’t know better there is a music bed playing throughout the movie – this is always a sure indicator that the director does not have confidence in the material.

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Movie title: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Movie description: Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.

Date published: 2021-04-13

Director(s): George Lucas

Actor(s): Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Pernilla August, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie, Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, Terence Stamp, Brian Blessed, Andy Secombe, Ray Park, Lewis Macleod, Warwick Davis, Steve Speirs, Silas Carson, Jerome St. John Blake, Alan Ruscoe, Ralph Brown, Celia Imrie, Benedict Taylor, Clarence Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic West, Karol Cristina da Silva, Liz Wilson, Candice Orwell, Sofia Coppola, Keira Knightley, Bronagh Gallagher, John Fensom, Greg Proops, Scott Capurro, Margaret Towner, Dhruv Chanchani, Oliver Walpole, Megan Udall, Hassani Shapi, Gin Clarke, Khan Bonfils, Michelle Taylor, Michaela Cottrell, Dipika O'Neill Joti, Phil Eason, Mark Coulier, Lindsay Duncan, Peter Serafinowicz, James Taylor, Chris Sanders, Toby Longworth, Marc Silk, Danny Wagner, Amanda Lucas, Katie Lucas, Richard Armitage, Sacha Alexander, Simon Allen, Paul Bannon, Don Bies, Trisha Biggar, Michonne Bourriague, Douglas Bunn, Ben Burtt, Doug Chiang, Rob Coleman, Roman Coppola, Sean Cronin, Zsuzsanna Cseh, Matt Daniel-Baker, Russell Darling, Philip Delancy, Sebastian Dewing, Andrew Doucette, C. Michael Easton, Andrew Elias, John Ellis, Catherine Ernster, Salo Gardner, Andrew Gersh, Patrice Girod, Ned Gorman, Joss Gower, Raymond Griffiths, Nathan Hamill, Tim Harrington, Sally Hawkins, Jack Hayes, Nifa Hindes, Nishan Hindes, Frank Huseyin, Alexi Kaye Campbell, David Knight, John Knoll, Kamay Lau, Andrew Lawden, John M. Levin, Dan Madsen, Iain McCaig, Rick McCallum, João Costa Menezes, Taylor Murphy, Jeff Olson, Lorne Peterson, Andrew Raven, Robby the Robot, Steve Sansweet, Mike Savva, Christopher Scarabosio, Jeff Shay, Christian Simpson, Paul Martin Smith, Scott Squires, Tom Sylla, Bill Tlusty, Matthew Wood

Genre: Adventure, Action, Science Fiction

My Review

Since I am not a fan of science fiction or comic book movies I try not to look at them with too much scrutiny.  I know that George Lucas has taken some lumps over the years for certain decisions that he has made as a filmmaker but at the end of the day he is still responsible for a franchise that has brought so many people so much joy.

That said… to call this movie a pile of steaming dung would be an offense to dung.  I don’t know what is worse – the dialog, the characters designed to sell toys or the acting (ok, I do know – it’s the dialog).  At some point if you watch closely you can see Liam Neeson give up.  How did Natalie Portman’s career survive this?  She was comicly bad.   And let me get this straight – this film is clearly aimed at kids but the central conflict is… a taxing dispute?  And finally, yet another movie about taking out the shields.  Ugh.  And if you didn’t know better there is a music bed playing throughout the movie – this is always a sure indicator that the director does not have confidence in the material.

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