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

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.


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29 June 2001 | Primate84
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| Quite good, despite what some people say.
This film was actually really good, and I can't believe some of the reviews it got. While it's not my favorite Star Wars film(Return of the Jedi holds that title), it's still pretty high up there. First, let me just say that I don't get why so many people hated JarJar Binks. He didn't annoy me at all, and I found him to be a funny, worthwhile character who played an important role in helping to defeat the evil Trade Federation. I only had two big problems with this film: 1.Darth Maul was a wasted character, which is a real pity. He could have been an awesome villain if he had appeared in more scenes and been given more lines, instead of only being in a few scenes and having three or four lines. 2. Obi-Wan did not have as big of a part as he could have had, and he should have at least accompanied Qui-Gon to Tatooine. I just felt that Ewan Mcgregor's fine acting skills were wasted.Other than that, though, I liked this movie. The film's best performances came from Liam Neeson and Jake LLoyd. Ian McDiarmid also did quite well as the suave, sinister Senator Palpatine. John Williams did an excellent job composing the film's music. I particularly enjoyed Duel of the Fates(the intense, fast- paced composition played during the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the two Jedi) and also the festive, light-hearted music played during the final victory parade.Basically, I just really liked Episode I, and I look forward to seeing Episode II next Spring!

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Darth Maul has a total of ten horns on his head.


Quotes

Qui-Gon Jinn: Captain.
Republic Cruiser Captain: Yes, sir?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Tell them we wish to board at once.
Republic Cruiser Captain: With all due respect, the ambassadors for the Supreme Chancellor wish to board immediately.
Nute Gunray: Yes, of course. As you know, our blockade is perfectly legal and we'd be happy to receive the ...


Goofs

In the establishing shot of the funeral pyre scene, there is nobody standing next to Boss Nass. In the following shot, Jedi Master Saesee Tiin is suddenly standing to Nass' right.


Crazy Credits

Opening crawl: "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star system is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict..."


Alternate Versions

The 2011 Blu-ray release has significant changes. 1) The Jedi Speed Force has been altered to a more realistic speed effect. 2) Nute Gunray and Rune Haako observing the Jedi fleeing from the droideka on a viewscreen has been changed to a new and wide shot. It also features a new digital effect for the screen itself. 3) The pink tint in the whole movie has been removed to make it more natural. 4) Almost all scenes shows more of the image. 5) The grainy look in some shots have been cleared.

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