Archive for June 15, 2005

Queen Amidala

Posted in I - The Phantom Menace, Uncategorized with tags on June 15, 2005 by jedicouncil

Ultimately I believe that Natalie Portman played the role of Padme and Queen Amidala the best way anyone could have.  I believe as an actress she will have a long and prosperous career after Star Wars has come and gone (unlike a fellow female Star Wars actor which I will discuss many blogs from now).  I do really believe that Natalie Portman had some independence in creating the Amidala character and I think that came acrossed on the screen in all three movies.  Let’s face reality though, she does die in a really shitty way. 

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Ultimately I believe that Natalie Portman played the role of Padme and Queen Amidala the best way anyone could have.  I believe as an actress she will have a long and prosperous career after Star Wars has come and gone (unlike a fellow female Star Wars actor which I will discuss many blogs from now).  I do really believe that Natalie Portman had some independence in creating the Amidala character and I think that came acrossed on the screen in all three movies.  Let’s face reality though, she does die in a really shitty way.  I mean come on, she goes through all of the things that she goes through in life and then dies of a “broken heart”?  I’m not buying it!  But I will cover my viewpoint on that more in my Revenge of the Sith reviews.

So how does Queen Amidala fair in The Phantom Menace?  Well I think she just kicks ass!  She ends up being a strong female role that I believe my daughters were looking for and my wife had been looking for since the beginning of the Star Wars movies.  My wife has said that she can associate herself much more with Amidala than that “other female character” from Star Wars.  Let’s look at Amidala’s role in this movie.  She ends up helping the Jedi and her own security forces escape the planet and take off for the beautiful planet of Tattooine.  She then accompanies Qui-Gon in finding Anikan and in helping to find a new Hyperdrive for the spacecraft.  She thinks she’s cunning by replacing herself and her assistant (who is also called Padme and this all confuses me later).  She then escapes to Coruscant where she convinces Senator Palpatine to take her side.  She makes one of the biggest mistakes ever by calling for a vote of “no confidence” in Chancellor Velorum.  Then she decides to leave to go back to Naboo where she knows she risks being captured.  Then, she convinces the Gungans to die in the thousands to create a fake distraction so she and the Jedi can get into the Palace and take down the Trade Federation blockade.  Somehow, everything works out for her and she comes out on top.  I don’t know if there were ever a stronger female character in any film EVER!  I really was impressed with this character and knew she would be helping to carry the other Star Wars films as they came out in their prequels.

Amidala’s role only grew and the Star Wars Prequel saga grew.  Were there cheesy moments for her in all of the films?  DEFINETLY!  However, I don’t blame Natalie Portman for cheesy writing, I blame Lucas (whom I love) for that.  I do think that Queen Amidala is one of the stronger roles in The Phantom Menace and she helped to propel the story to a new level.

On a personal note.  I’m glad to see some others are actually reading my blog and posting comments.  Some have sent me emails in response to some of my blogs and that’s okay too.  I’m not offended if you disagree with my by the way.  I believe in “open-spirited” discussions about Star Wars and I believe that we can all have our own opinion without getting angry with each other.

Also on a personal note, I recently became a home buyer.  I have been living in an apartment for the past four years with my wife and three kids and it’s been tough not having a lot of space.  We found a house over the past weekend and plan on closing at the end of July or beginning of August.  I’m hoping to continue to post everyday but there may be days over the summer where I will be unable to post because of packing or simply because I will lose my internet connection.  If this happens, never fear, I WILL BE BACK!  And I will be just as oppionionated as ever.  If you’re a friend of mine, pray for a smooth transition as this will be a tough next couple of months.  Thank you for your time and for your support!

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