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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rewatching Star Wars Prequels (The Phantom Menace)

I haven't watched the prequels since they were in the theater. Figured I'd rewatch them to see how they've held up.

I remember The Phantom Menace as being pretty decent when I saw it at the movies. However, after watching it yesterday, I'm much less impressed. Lots and lots of actions scenes, and next to no plot or even decent dialogue.

The pod race was WAY too long. It should have been cut down to only a couple minutes (I think it lasted at least five minutes in the movie). In any case, it was just way too long.

Jake couldn't act for shit. It's not really his fault, since he's just a kid. It just pisses me off that Haley Joe Osment was busy making The Sixth Sense at this same time, and he was a great actor. (Also, it's been 13 years since Ep I was in theaters! How the heck did that happen?)

Jar-Jar was bad. If he'd been toned down a bit, I think most people would have been ok with him. Stupid crap like his taking fruit off the table with his tongue was annoying, though.

Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor both did good jobs, but Natalie Portman was kind of bad. Ray Park was awesome as Darth Maul, and I think he only had 5 or 6 lines in the whole movie. Ian McDirmid was very good as Palpatine.

I loved the gungan and droid armies. Very cool tech. Costumes were extremely well done overall, as well.

Again, they could have cut out one destination or some scenes, and added some actual character development to the movie. It just seemed to jump from one action scene to the next, with the exception being the initial half of the Tatooine location.

Overall, the movie did not hold up well. It was flashy and bright, but had little substance.

2 comments:

David Macauley said...

I too re-watched this one a couple of days ago after not having seen it since its release. I was incredibly disappointed, it was like watching a cartoon. I recalled that I was one of the multitude that was pissed off by the Jar-Jar character, but watching it again I realised that the whole thing was, as you said, a move of little substance.

Wulfgar22 said...

Funny. When the movie came out I was incredibly disappointed. In fact, I hated it. This wasn't the Star Wars universe I'd imagined and played in back in the 70s and 80s. But when I re-watched it a few years ago my opinion softened a bit...it's just about watchable. The backdrops, costume design and overall visuals are amazing...it's just a shame about the story and, in particular, the dialogue.

Now John Carter, on the other hand, had some of the same magic that changed my life forever back in 1977!