Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews
But of course the phantom menace is littered with flaws For one the characters are given very little development for me as an audience member to invest in or care about, the story is filled to the brim with boring politics that is often way to incoherent and over complex to keep my interest, the dialogue at times can be rather silly and amateur, the acting from Ewan McGregor,Jake Lloyd, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley and Samuel Jackson is just utterly lifeless and monotone and the film has an over reliance on CGI effects resulting in some aspects of the film feeling very unnatural and often unnatural 4.5/10...??
But this is an incredible entry to the Star Wars world. The beauty of Naboo and the regality of Amidala is incredible, and new incarnation of characters, and how they gel together breathes so much life into the saga.
This film is no slow burner, it packs so much in from one world to another and another and another. The excitement of the escape from the Trade Federation ships, the escape from Naboo, the Pod Racing and final battle scenes; coupled with the terribly dark and insidious undercurrents are also excellent.
It is a tale of a world that is starting to fall apart at the seems and the corruption splitting it, runs right to the top. The apple is rotten to the core, and its set in this magnificent backdrop of Italianate palaces and full planet city of Coruscant... what is not to love?
This film actually has depth compared to the first three, there is actual political cause here, not just guns and them-n-us, there is theory behind the power struggle, not just people flying about shooting each other.
The most recent film (Ep. 7) is just a rehash of the Ep.4, while this is actually an independent film, Bravo... AND THE CLOTHES!