Overview of “The Phantom Menace”

Okay, you saw it coming from the very first submission that I made about the movies.  I have gone all the way through The Phantom Menace and talked about each of the major characters (at least I think I have hit them all) and the major events and questions about the movie.  So, what did I think of The Phantom Menace?  Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out.

I am very much NOT the typical Star Wars fan.  I grew up with the original trilogy and enjoyed them immensly as a child.  I always will remember the days of running around my house playing Luke Skywalker and Han Solo with my brother and thinking we were on top of the Star Wars world.  Then, our lives got stopped short when Lucas made The Return of the Jedi in 1983.  And then the “black hole” ensued.  Sure, we saw some “cute” Star Wars projects (which will be talked about in other blogs), but not significant productions occurred between 1983 and 1999.  These 16 years seemed like an eternity to me.  I never thought I would see a Star Wars film again, until 1995 when rumors were running around on the Internet that Lucas was back to work on another film.  I was as giddy as a schoolboy again and couldn’t wait to see the movie.

I remember the controversy that surrounded The Phantom Menace.  Jar Jar was played off as being this dumb black character so the NAACP decided to protest the movie.  They thought this character would destroy the fabric of American society and bring back old prejudices.  This proved to be wrong after the release of the film.

The Christian right decided to boycott the film as well.  They thought that Lucas was trying to play the conception and life of Anakin Skywalker as being the life of Jesus.  Yeah, the midi-clorian thing sounded religious, but by Attack of the Clones, that misconception is blown away because Anakin starts to turn to the dark side before he can even be viewed as “the chosen one”.

So, what did I think of the movie?  Honestly, I thought it was awesome.  Lucas redefined many things through this film.  It was the first film with true CGI created characters where humans were interacting with characters that didn’t even exist in real life.  I can only imagine how hard it was to interact with a Watto, when you can’t even see him and you’re reacting and acting with thin air.  I believe that if Lucas had not made his vision a reality, the movie industry would never be the same.  The beginnings of CGI graphics in this film paved the way for great classics like “Lord of the Ring” (which I’m also a huge fan of) and in the future for “Narnia” to exist.  The film was awesome, and I can’t believe that Star Wars fans had the guts to criticize the film as harshly as they did.  People, George came out of hiding from 16 years to make this film and I think it is a masterpiece.  We finally get to see the Jedi Council, Yoda on a more serious role, the Sith Lord and Master and how that role really played out.  We see planets that never existed and met characters we never expected to meet.  We see battles on huge scales that we’ve never seen before that will only get dwarfed later on by Lucas himself.  So those of you out there that like to rip on this movie and say that Lucas is an idiot for even devising a character like Jar Jar and for making this film, I have a challenge for you:  Make one better!  That’s right, if you don’t like the Star Wars films, then make a fan film and prove Lucas wrong.  Many have tried to, but I don’t think any have come close to the master of the Star Wars universe.  I would like to end this overall dialogue by saying thank you to all involved in the making of The Phantom Menace.  And I do mean everyone.  From the guy who went out and got coffee in the morning, to George Lucas himself – Thank you!!!


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