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Review: Star Wars Episode I- The Phantom Menace (1999)

I’ve been a little behind on movie recent movie franchises. I’ve never seen Harry Potter, I’ve only seen the original Matrix, and I just watched Lord Of the Ring last year. So, against some people’s warnings, I’ve delved into the often dissed prequels. I’ve seen plenty of bombs that I still enjoyed (Cough Airbender cough), so why shouldn’t I enjoy this one?

Episode I primarily trails the beginning of Anakin Skywalker (spoiler: IT’S DARTH VADER!), but also includes characters from the original trilogy, like Obi-Wan, CP30, and R2-D2. Some new characters are also put into the spotlight such as Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Jar Jar Binks. Plot wise, not a whole lot is going on. The entire movie revolves around a podrace, in order to free Anakin (Jake Llyod) from slavery and the battle to free the people of Naboo. A kind of creepy romance between Anakin and Padme (Natalie Portman) is also foretold.

Honestly, even with my extremely low expectations, I still finished Episode I disappointment. I realize it is more of a “stage-setter” in relation to the rest of the saga, but Fellowship of the Ring had the same thing, but managed to be amazing. The effects are dated, Jar Jar is a complete flop with no redeeming qualities, and a great villain gets underused. I really wanted to, but I just can’t like it. If it didn’t have the Star Wars characters and name behind it, it might have gotten an F.

My Rating: C-

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