Didn't anyone here ENJOY this movie?
Posted 01 July 2005 - 05:33 PM
To me TPM is a repeat or modernization of the original Star Wars for a new audience, even though it has had and will have no where near the cultural influence of A New Hope. I don't remember ANH being all that thoughtful, BTW, but the interesting characters, setting, and unique VFX made that one a huge success. I believe TPM was similar, and exactly the right kind of restart for the Star Wars film franchise.
Jar-Jar IS annoying--I'll grant you that, but so is Anakin. Both are just acting according to their natures, IMO, and provide the comic relief that Chewbacca or the droids did in the original.
Now, don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed the arcs and character development of 'Empire' and RotJ, but this isn't an either/or situation here. The thing I like most about The Phantom Menace is how well it works as a *film*--how well it flows and is put together. This it has in common with A New Hope, but, unfortunately, not Episodes II and III (until the last hour or so). The presence of Qui-Gon Jin but not Hayden Christensen is also a benefit.
So, isn't there room for both types of Star Wars film (if they must be separated)? I find that the icon for all the TPM hate, Jar-Jar Binks, becomes less annoying as you get used to his presence (in future viewings).
Posted 01 July 2005 - 05:42 PM
Posted 27 October 2005 - 10:37 PM
I agree 100 percent. When my neighbor, who is not a scifi fan, went to see episode II she complained about how it didn't have that guy with the funny ears and that the movie wasn't funny so she did like it as much as episode I. Even if I had thought Binks was funny the first time he wasn't going to be the second, third, fourth... time. Humor can have a place in science fiction, if its smart humore that enriches the characters. (Farscape, Firefly) When the humor is slapstick and the only point of the character is to get a cheap laugh then that is bad writting. Episode I stands out as a stark contrast to the other five films.
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Posted 12 April 2006 - 05:38 PM
oh i loved that lightsaber fight, two single bladed lightsabers against a double edged , brilliant
Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:18 PM