Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

1999

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

375
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 22%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 607891

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Cast

Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala / Padmé
Keira Knightley as Sabé
Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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2hr 16 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by guinea-57314 8 / 10

Wasn't perfect but people don't give the prequels credit.

I don't know why these movies, episodes 1-3 get so much hate. I understand it had problems. Some cheesy lines, sure... some parts with questionable acting.. Ok... these problems are nothing new to Star Wars... The original acting wouldn't have won any drama awards... but thats part of the charm of star wars.. The biggest problem with this movie was that George went ham on the CGI effects... and JAJA Binks was a little too much. With that aside, there were a lot of GREAT things about these movies people seem to over look. I think in time these movies will get more respect gradually.. There were a lot of memorable scenes, innovative ideas and great acting.. Liam Neeson, McGreggor, the Emperor... all did a fantastic job. Some of the battle scenes and music were epic.. Even when the movie felt childish... they still knew how to create evil characters and dark scenes.. Darth Maul was way darker and cooler than the space balls character from force awakens. There were a lot of memorable things about all three of these movies.. They still had the magic touch of the original and were enjoyable to watch. I liked all three of these prequels more than I did watching the Force Awakens..

Reviewed by nathanhurst-42758 6 / 10

Not a great movie overall but it has some amazing scenes.

Since this is mostly a bad movie, I'll start with the negatives. The first are the performances. It was cool to see Liam Neeson play the Jedi Knight Qui-Gon, but his performance as the character was very stale and unemotional. I don't think that it was because of Neeson, but mostly because of the script. The other main actor is Ewan McGregor playing the amazing Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the original trilogy, Obi-Wan was one of my favourite characters and he was portrayed excellently by Alec Guiness. In this movie, he wasn't so great. Again, this was mostly down to the script for the character but Ewan could've done something to be more energetic or wise, especially considering he's playing a younger version of Obi-Wan. Natalie Portman is this movie is also very basic and doesn't show any real emotion. Finally, Jake Lloyd should not have been cast as the young Anakin Skywalker.

Into my positives, Darth Maul is easily one of the best villains to be introduced into the Star Wars universe. I think one of the main reasons for this was the fact that he was an actor covered in make up and not some terrible attempt at CGI. He also doesn't have to say much from George Lucas' script which makes him a much better character. Also, I really liked the Ian McDiarmid returning to this universe to play the younger version of the Emperor. So towards the end of this movie is when Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon fight Darth Maul in Theed, Naboo. This is honestly a really good battle between them and I love when Darth Maul reveals himself and brings out his double bladed lightsaber. The fight is really good and ends with Qui-Gon being killed by Maul. This, in my opinion, was handled really well. Obi-Wan then fights Maul and the best character in the movie is sliced in half.

I just want to say that I didn't mention JarJar or Yoda in this review. The reason for JarJar is because there is so many things wrong with him that I really could go on for a very long time. The reason for Yoda was because he was another one of my favourite characters from the original trilogy and this CGI version of him in The Phantom Menace was somewhat disrespectful to his character.

I don't mean to offend with this review. I understand there are fans of the prequels out there and that is fine. It's your opinion

Reviewed by stamenkovickosta 7 / 10

Weakest Star Wars movie, but still enjoyable

Many people have grudge against this movie (and prequels in general). Even though i think that most of them are over exaggerating, this one is still the weakest installment in Star Wars history. But it's not a bad movie.

Movie's biggest problem seems to be some annoying performances. This comes down to little Anakin, Jar Jar, that fat Naboo chief and those Federation guys. All of them come off as very annoying throughout the whole movie. They can be distracting sometimes, but aren't enough to ruin good stuff (at least for me).

Other problem is CGI creatures. Some of the aliens look really bad, as if they just came right out of cartoon. This improves in future installments, though.

There are some great performances here. Liam Neeson steals the show in every scene he is in. Ewan McGreggor is great as young Obi-Wan. Natalie Portman also gets few moments. Samuel L. Jackson and Ian McDiarmid are a bit underused, but they play their parts well.

Special shout-out goes to Ray Park A.K.A Darth Maul. He was easily the best and coolest character in this movie, and one of the coolest in Star Wars in general. Whenever he is on screen, there is always something exciting happening. His action scenes were amazing and he was really intimidating. He did lack personality, but he was a secondary villain of the movie, so it's forgiven.

Action in this movie is amazing: from the opening scene, through pod-race sequence, to final battle(s). They are always entertaining and are never boring, despite Anakin and Jar Jar appearing in them.

Overall, this was a fun movie. Weakest of the franchise, but still worth seeing.

7/10

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