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Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace (1999)

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Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace (1999)


Liam Neeson
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Jake Lloyd

Directed by George Lucas

To be honest the Phantom Menace, didn’t bring about the introduction I desired about the whole Stars Wars saga, but it was a nice movie by its own rights. The problem I believe is from the fact that George Lucas had all the rights to wheel and drive this movie how he pleases, that with no one questioning him, this I believe is the reason I had to deal with 2 hours or less of Jar Jar Binks, who wasn’t funny but annoying and his clan was so annoying that I wished the droids wiped them out before young Anakin Skywalker could save them.

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) were the high side of this movie, I was extremely impressed by the portrayal of Qui-Gon Jinn to the point that I just wanted to be seeing Liam Neeson at all times, he was just magnificent and made the movie worth seeing and his presence made it easier to deal with the annoying Character of Jar Jar Binks and his clan.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is the forth film in the Star Wars saga, it came about from Lucas planning a back story that will connect and give a story depth between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, in the first Star Wars trilogy Vader is said to be Luke’s father so this second trilogy is to show how Anakin (Darth Vader) was trained and swayed to the dark side. The movie main protagonist will be Anakin Skywalker, and this first movie of the sequel will be his introduction.

The name Phantom Menace depicts Palpatine hiding his true identity as the evil Sith Lord. The movie follows the adventure of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they were to escort and protect the Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) of planet Naboo as she travels to Coruscant as she hopes to end the trade dispute between her people and the Viceroy. Their Journey wasn’t a peaceful one as the Viceroy invaded Naboo and they had to flee.
During their flight a breakdown of their space craft causing them to land in the planet Tatooine where they met young Anakin Skywalker and also witnessed the return of the Sith, as Qui-Gon Jinn had to defend himself from one.

The CGI in the movie is not as impressive as I will expect and but the screenplay is one that will keep the interest of many, this massive box office hit was received with many mixed reviews and I myself have mixed feelings about the movie. It will be a lot easier to enjoy this movie if you have seen the first trilogy, don’t try to watch the movie from here up hoping to get the feel.

In conclusion, Star Wars is a wonderful franchise a movie plot that can go on and on, I did enjoy this movie but not because of the script or plot which were a 5/10 from my view but because of the performance of Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor.


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