Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ★★★

No joke, this would’ve been a classic if George Lucas found a different child actor to play Anakin Skywalker. And Padmé to be honest. And cut half of the Jar Jar scenes. Actually ALL of the Jar Jar scenes. But besides that it’s a solid, fun film. In a way though, both this and Attack of the Clones are still classics because of what it did to advance the Star Wars narrative and what it did for filmmaking in general.

So much as has been said about the prequels and Star Wars as a whole. I’ve never been the biggest fan, I was team Rocky and Harry Potter, and I didn’t really grow up with the franchise aside from Revenge of the Sith, which was a traumatizing experience as a 6-year-old. Recently I’ve gotten into the saga and I thought I’d revisit this trilogy before diving into The Mandalorian. 

For the most part, I enjoyed this film. It provides us with important details and some fun action scenes. I thought people were exaggerating about how bad Jake Lloyd is, because I barely remember these films. He certainly fits the look of the character, but his line delivery had me looking away at parts.

Natalie Portman isn’t much better. Yikes.
Liam Neeson carried this film. I know I’m stating the obvious but it’s the truth. He makes any average movie better with his presence.
That final fight scene is incredible. It pretty much shits on the entirety of The Rise of Skywalker and most of the Disney trilogy to be honest. Kylo and Rey teaming up in the throne room in The Last Jedi was pretty badass though. Rian Johnson rules.

I look forward to seeing Ewan McGregor carry the next film, although I’m REALLY excited to Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu again.
I’m still proud to be team American Graffiti though. I’m glad I’m THAT guy.

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