Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – Movie Review

Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace poster

Written & Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid

My Advice: Matinee.

A long time ago in a galaxy far away, two Jedi Knight ambassadors, Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor), have been sent to try and help negotiations between the Trade Federation and the government of Naboo, run by Queen Amidala (Portman) and representated in the Republican Senate by Senator Palpatine (McDiarmid). Upon arriving to perform their duties, they find much more than they ever bargained for.

Well, it’s all over but the shouting and the cash registers clanging, and I have to say up front that I am not displeased with this film. Neither am I very pleased. Here’s the good things I have to say. First of all, let’s face it–this is a CGI fest of proportions we’ve never seen before–and they kick ass. The palatial expanses of Naboo, the stadium for pod racing, the Republican Senate–these are amazing images. Hell, a bit with two armies, completely CGI, facing off against each other was tremendous. The actors, having to work around all this generated stuff, are all well in their roles.

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