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3.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Worst of the 6 ... But Still Star Wars Is Still Fantastic, August 9, 2008
This review is from: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Why have I waited Till August of 2008 to rate the 3 Prequils? Because I am sick and tired of Everyone who THINKS they are a Star Wars Critic or Fan,Bashing Star Wars and George Lucas. Now to the Review.. Ok I admit Episode I was the Weakest of the 6 Films, but for a reason. If you are Looking at each film Individually then you are cheating yourself. George set out to do what he always wanted to do, tell the story of.... Not Darth Vader, But Anakin Skywalker. To do that you have to go to the Beginning. His Youth. AS a Slave Boy, What molded him? What led the Jedi to him? If all you are Looking for is an Action Thriller Movie you are in the Wrong Place. Yes Jar Jar was Silly, Yes In Fact Dumb. But Take Him for what he is "an Idiot" Used Almost Exclusively for Episode I. However The Plot lines and the Story are what were important in the Prequels. Obviously Special Effects are going to rule any Star Wars Movie. as they do in all 6. Darth Maul Everyone Says was so Cool they should have kept him around. All I hear is He was "too cool to Kill Off" and I say " He Really was Cool, But he Served his Purpose. His Character needed to Be killed off ....For the STORY" and as George always says "Story First" Next. Liam Neason as Qui-Gon GIn was Essential and The Overall Story was Pivotal AS a Beginning To (NOt Darth Vader) but Anakin's Origin's . WE See his Incredible ability to Love.(Which Will lead To his Ability to Hate). WE see His Intuition with the Force, the POdrace and the Space battle were all controlled by the force(and Darth Sidious) Nothing will happen to his prize. The Movies make Sense the more you read into them.
Why were they not as successful as the Original Trilogy? People Come up with a Million and one Excuses. The real reason is The Original Trilogy - Nobody EVER saw anything like that before. A Million Movies came out since, each one outdoing the next, people got Spoiled. Now Star Wars When the Bar was set so high- Nothing could have met the expectations people had. So when 3 Great movies came out each one better then the last, people who were already Spoiled weren't getting the Undeliverable Movie they wanted. They were let down."What it isn't better then Perfect?" That is the Reason.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2008 2:31:32 PM PDT
Interesting review; you seem to have an understanding of not only the story George Lucas set out to tell, but also how to go about appreciating that story.

I think there was a lot Lucas got right with this movie. Starting out the movie with a plotline not obviously connected to events in Eps. 4-6 was one of these things. It starts out as a fun adventure with two cool Jedi, and that's how it should have started out: with an engaging and original plotline to begin with, followed by the unfolding of the backstory. The prequels wouldn't have been much of a series if Lucas had simply copied his work from the previous, would they? That's why, although there are similarities in both the style of the films and the style of the stories, the plotlines in the prequels are completely different from what had come before.

Also, we actually feel like this is the beginning of something; it does not feel like we join the story 1/3 of the through, as in Episode IV. This was a necessity because the story had to start from... a starting point.

George Lucas is great at getting rid of exposition quickly to make way for action, which is fine because I'm watching "Star Wars". There is a great story to be told, but I appreciate when the action can be kept going. "Star Wars" is always a lot of fun; this one is no exception, at least so long as you possess the intelligence needed to follow the story and the dialogue. Come to that, "Attack of the Clones" would probably be my least favorite of the series. It's fun-- I love Obi-Wan, Jango, and Mace Windu, who leads one of the all-time classic "Star Wars" battles with a couple hundred Jedi in tow--and the story told is an entertaining one. The cast is also generally excellent. I just don't get into Ep. 2 as much as Episode 1.

I love the style, pacing, and characters of Episode 1. I love the action of Episode 1. Naturally, it is a bit slow at times, but nothing beats Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fighting Darth Maul. And what about Obi-Wan's master stroke, rendering Maul in two? As you say, Maul had done his bit, so... thank God Lucas let him go in style!

Episode 1 is simply an entertaining "Star Wars" movie all around.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2011 4:40:48 PM PDT
Thanks for your post. I'm sorry it took so long to reply, it's just that I never realized that people respond to the reviews. I just found out, so thanks for the reply, and I agree with you, as a total SW fan I love the prequels, and I really don't understand all of this bitterness that a lot of people have. It doesen't make sense to me, oh well Live and let Live.
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