Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ★★½

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The first time I watched the original Star Wars trilogy it was at the end of eighth grade. Much like Luke Skywalker, I was going through a transformative time, like all middle schoolers transitioning to high school. I was becoming A MAN! Unlike most people going through this transitional period, I just experienced the glory of Star Wars. Everyone I knew already watched it at least once, if not more. There were obsessions and crushes and fanaticism over this series that I simply didn’t understand until I too partook in this drug known as Star Wars. And I wouldn’t say that the first time I watched it I felt addicted to it like others I knew were. I understood why people are so in love with it. I respected the artistry and technology used and how ahead of its time it was, how futuristic and mind altering it can be, especially for kids who saw it when it first came out. I understood all of that and more. Yet, something wasn’t clicking. I was step in step with Luke Skywalker and his tragic hero story and the journey him and his companions go on, as well as Anakin Skywalker later on, and I guess even with Rey I was able to get behind the story. But something just wasn’t hitting for me like it did with my peers. 

And then college happened. And my view of movies and shows began to expand and my mind began to expand and I knew that the reason that it didn’t work out for me is because I have a completely different taste in movies than most people! And I’m not saying I’m unique in that way, that’s just how it is. I don’t follow, or even more importantly, enjoy the mainstream and that’s when my revelation came about. Star Wars isn’t mainstream. None of the characters follow the mainstream. And the more I fed into this idea and this viewpoint I knew it was time for me to revisit the classics and the prequels and even the new trilogy. 

And then it hit me:
I love Star Wars with my whole ass being. 

Even these prequels, which are a process to get through, are still enjoyable to me. And hell, I can’t complain about Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor. And I ESPECIALLY can’t complain about Darth Maul. And in fact, when it comes to Star Wars, there is no reason for much complaining at all, which is very hard for me to do. However, I can certainly complain about Jar Jar Binks as much as I want. And as much criticism as this movie and the prequels and others in this series get, I just can’t raise my hand, for now, to strike them down. There’s a reason my favorite Star Wars movie is Revenge of the Sith and I’ll fight any motherfucker who wants to try me! I’ll send you flying down the chute like a cut in half Darth Maul!!! 

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PS Can we get a origin story for Darth Maul I mean seriously people isn’t he just so fucking cool?!?!

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