Star Wars: Phantom Menace
Starring: Liam Neeson
and Jake Lloyd
Writer: George Lucas
Director: George Lucas
Based on a story by George Lucas.
Producer: George Lucas
Star Wars: Phantom Menace is DEFINATELY an AWESOME flick!
Then again, who hasn't said that? First of all, the basic
plot is that the Trade Federation has blockaded the trade
routes to Naboo; the world of Queen Amidila. As a result,
two Jedi Knights are sent to settle the dispute; Qui Gon,
and the young, Obe Won Kenobe. However, the evil emperor
is actually the one controlling the Trade Federation, and
he sends Darth Maul, and devily looking thingy.. after the
Jedi Knights. Eventually, they go to the city where Annican
lives, (kid Darth Vadar) who saves the Jedi Knights by winning
a pod race, and goes with them to hopefully become a Jedi
Knight. However, things get a bit sticky, adventures happen,
and I think we all know what happens at the end... but I guess
I'm not going to say anything for those that haven't seen it
yet. Nonetheless, IT'S AWESOME!
In this action, sci-fi fantasy flick for kid and adult alike,
the graphics are above my highest expectations. Furthermore,
the story, plot, and all else rock! I think it's been the
best laser sword fight I've ever seen! Also, the newly
aquired technology was made for this film! The cities are
so beautiful you KNOW it can't be real! But then again,
it's not supposed to be real.
What I don't like however, is that the kid is so darn CUTE!
Gosh. It'd be so much easier to accept this little kid
turning into Darth Vadar if he had some kind of deformation.
Nonetheless, he doesn't. Other than that however, I really
only have one criticism: there weren't enough conversations.
In other words, what this star wars lacked in comparison to
the others, was that it seemed as if the characters didn't mingle
and bond as the other crew did. Their relationships weren't
really established as strongly as they could have been.
For instance, we really didn't get a sense of comradity
between Qui Gon and Obe Won. While it was definately
established that they had a close relationship, it
still produced no real emotion, or "attachment."
However, these actors and actresses still deserve some
First of all, I've gotta give the kid a hand! So many
critics are saying he did a poor job, but in comparison
to what? For a nine year old kid, I think his acting
kicks butt! Next, I think Natalie Portman did an absolutely
fab job in her portrayal of Queen Amidila. She was real
grand and proper in dress, but really down to Earth on the
inside. The innocent naivity was done so carefully and
so beautifully that the general audience can almost relate!
For those two actors, I really must salute them!
Basically, I have a somewhat rough review right now since
I didn't write this right after viewing the film. I apologize,
but rest assured, I'm going back to the theatres this
weekend to see it a second time and I'll be sure to review
and edit this review immediately after. So please check
back for the updated version of my Star Wars review!