Much like my Solo Post from last week, this post will be a quasi-review of #ThePhantomMenace
. Now I’m only doing one post instead of 2 like #SoloAStarWarsStory
because I want to focus on the positives of this movie. We have all heard every complaint towards the film since it’s release 20 years ago, but in the past 5 years #ThePhantomMenace
as well as the other prequels have gotten more positive feedback than ever before. I’m going to add to that positivity in this mini review.
To start off, visuals and score. The score was amazing especially the now iconic #DueloftheFates
amazing score by John Williams to bring an extra layer of depth to the film. The visuals, yes the CGI doesn’t stand the test of time especially on BluRay editions, but the many many many practical effects used within this film and countless models still hold up in a way some what comparable to #JurassicPark
Next, this film is so creative George Lucas added so many new beautiful planets to the universe as well as revisiting one from the originals (Tatooine) and bringing Coruscant out of the books like the Thrawn Trilogy and onto the big screen. There were so many new and memorable species unlike those we see in the sequel trilogy, as well as species from 4,5,&6 like Rodians, Hutts, and Twi’leks.
Then there are some good characters and villains like Maul. Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon. And finally, the pure fun of the film with the Pod Race, the Battle of Naboo - all three fronts, and the Duel of the Fates.
Overall, it’s a flawed movie (obviously) and yes I grew up on it so I’ve always enjoyed it, but I think it gets a far worse rep than it deserves. There are bad aspects and some terrible aspects but it also brought a lot of good to the table and a lot of aspects of this film have been further developed in other media and transformed into fan favorites of the franchise. If I were to grade on a scale without +/- it would land in the C range.
What are your thoughts on the Phantom Menace? It’s been 20 years since it’s release has your opinion developed in the time? Comment below!
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