Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews
The new ideas and visuals are aesthetically pleasing for fans of the original trilogy and the John Williams score is terrific, but the script, actors, and director don't inject the fun of the original trilogy to balance it all out.
Wars fan, I liked it! The good acting and story makes up for bad acting Jar Jar.
Episode I is nothing special when compared to what went before, & this film needed to be, if only to justify re-visiting the Star Wars universe.
The use of CGI (the quality of which is by no means a high point in this CGI-laden opus) bogs down any humanity & heart in the story & acting, & results in the creation of the first & most annoying computer animated character ever committed to film (just because you have the technology & money to do it, doesn't mean it's a good idea).
Natalie Portman is the most wooden of the cast, where as Neeson & McGregor try but fail to achieve anything with their rather two-dimensional roles.
Despite it showing the origins of Anakin Skywalker, 'Phantom Menace' - along with it's follow-up 'Attack Of The Clones' - is a very pointless film, & one which should really never have been made. In deed, the film is so poorly observed that it neglects the more interesting characters such as Darth Maul in favour of including C-3PO & R2-D2 (a very unwise decision).
The characters are once again strange, but the overall appearance is somewhat humorous, but it does not handicap much. Such orcs Viewing brings to mind a little bit hilarious opinions.
Jar Jar Binks is still in the midst of these humorous creatures serious problem. Not that kind of foolish face and slurred and the yokel countries can not stand anyone, even if such a batty fool fell Viewing and misfortune seems a little funny. Nonetheless, quite reasonably good plot can catch up, and that's it time to pass, when only the opinion attached to the story of the new stuff (racing events), and, of course, good old-fashioned lightsaber battles.