Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
A long time ago, when the Twilight films were still far, far away...
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the coming of this current millennium was near, Titanic became the second movie to win 11 oscars not to long before, and many people were still recovering from Batman & Robin. as for Star Wars, tens of thousands of fans have been excited for this movie after years of waiting, expecting the best that could be offered now or ever again...practically. unfortunately, while some loved it, the general truth was that many heart were broken after watching this film.
Plot: two Jedi Knights are sent to end a blockade from the Trade Federation who are blocking trade route from the planet naboo...what specific trade, we don't know. rather than negotiate, the Trade Federation try to kill the jedi with their battle droids...who really don't totally kill anything...and even if they do they generally, if you are familiar with the expanded universe of Star Wars, give the battle droids from thousands of years before the events of this movie, an excellent name. so the jedi manage to get to the royal city of naboo as the trade federation begin their invasion and manage to take the queen and her royal guards and maidens past the blockade (using only one ship) and try to go to Corusant...but they head to Tatooine to get repairs with the help of Anakin Skywalker who they free from him master and take with him to try to make him a Jedi. once they reach Corusant, the queen tries to ask the Republic to help but is use by Palpatine, the senator of Naboo to use the situation to kick the supreme chancellor of the republic out and make him the chancellor. meanwhile, the jedi take Anakin to the Jedi Counsel but they deny him being trained because they believe that Anakin will bring grave danger to the jedi. the queen decides to go back to Naboo and try to regain the planet with the jedi, and army of naboo creatures called gungans, and a small pack of naboo troops. OH! and during all this it's revealed that a Dark Lord of the Sith is the one that made the Trade Federation cause the blockade in the first place. eventually with four different battles, naboo is freed but one of the battles is a duel between the two jedi and the Dark Lord of the Sith's apprentice, Darth Maul, and he kills one jedi while the other kills him. so Naboo is freed and despite the danger that is said about Anakin, the Jedi Council decided to let the surviving jedi train anakin to become a jedi, and until the next film, everyone lives happily ever after.
now i'm not being very specific about things going on in this movie...but this is pretty much summarizing it the best you can with only telling the name of two characters.
Liam Neeson/Qui-gon Jinn: he was pretty bad. this was not a good role for him. heck, there's one youtube review about this movie were the guy says that maybe his last name is Jinn because the whole time he acts like he is on GIN (Jinn, gin, get it?)
Ewan McGregor/Obi-Wan Kenobi: not quite as expressionless as Neeson but still expressionless and acted slightly more sleepy like. and again, he dis have some expressions compared to Neeson, but other than that...yeah.
Natalie Portman/Padme Amidala: based on what i remember from this movie, Portman was probably the best actor in this film...i mean that makes sense, cause i do recall her being viewed has having a lot of potential after her first film and she had the most face expression in this film...it's kind of tempting me to see this movie and the others again just on account of what i'm specifically going to think of her differently from now on as i watch these film after Black Swan.
Jake Lloyd/Anakin Skywalker:yeah just as expressionless. i'm glad that the actor has seen the light at how bad this movie is last anyone has heard of him.
Jar-Jar Binks: well...let's just say he's not in the last two movies after this and that's a very good thing.
Darth Maul: he was total bad-a and it's a bit of a shame that there wasn't any more of him.
Music:it was pretty good. "Duel of the Fates" was a very good song. Keeping John Williams was a very wise choice i think is the best way to put it otherwise.
Effects: not the best but they were pretty good, they made some pretty fun fight scenes and a cool pod-race throughout the film.
Editing:well the main problem was the climax were they were juggling four battles at once. other than that, i do not like how they made the type of cut to show the Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon were using Force speed to escape form the Droidikas earlier in the film.
so that's my review for Phantom Menace. it had a lot of cool effects and stuff, but altogether it was just not a good movie.