When I watch the Phantom Menace, it reminds me of a 1st course meal at an expensive restaurant. It looks pretty, tastes good, but above all, it’s the start of a great meal.
People forget that... Read morethis is the start of an epic story, a story which will span six films. Taking this into account, the movie suffered by having to slow the pace down.
Liam Neeson (Jinn), Ewan McGregor (OB1) and Natalie Portman (Queen), all drew on there experience to give good performances. Jake Lloyd (Skywalker) was clearly out-classed by the performances of the others. Jar Jar wasn’t as forgettable as we would have liked, but his stupidity and comic relief still makes me crack a smile and he has sadly been used as a scape goat by the 'haters' of EP-1.
The Movie itself has all your regular Star Wars requirements. Space Battles, Jedi Powers, light sabers, and a cool villain make for some very good viewing. This movie was made for the whole family, and people of all ages. Which makes this a real hit of miss movie for your older star wars fans.
If you only live for the original trilogy this movie is a 2.5/5.
If you don’t have a care in the world and are looking to be entertained it’s a 5/5.