Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews
- Slate dialogue. (2nd movie suffers from this too)
- Jar Jar. It seems like they added him for kids, but he really does kind of suck.
- Senate negotiations. Could've been better with better dialogue but just kind of boring
- Cool action scenes (Pod race, Maul battle, others)
- Get to see beginnings of a lot of characters
- Has a plot/characters you can get into if you can get past the stale dialouge
- It's not TLJ
As much as this one in particular is panned, it had a well put together script, and the story was worth telling. The production values are easily on par with any modern movie, though the cinematography and storytelling is less bombastic that modern audiences are used to. The visuals and sound are fantastic as well, and really give you a good variety of settings to look at when the Republic was at it's height.
The only real problems with this movie stem from two factors. The first is the use of a child actor for the part of Anakin. If he was aged up a bit into his early teens, I think the performance would have been more natural, less creepy when played against Natalie Portman, and more believable as a whole with other minor tweaks. The other problem was Jar Jar, because of the slapstick physical comedy. If they had toned him down instead of amping him to 11 for the kids, I don't think people would have been particularly bothered.
It's still a very coherent story that sits firmly grounded in the universe enjoyed by many fans.