Confessions of a STAR WARS Virgin: Allison Watches EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE for the First Time

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Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Star Wars movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her reviews of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Oh heavens, so here we are.  The Phantom Menace came out when I was 14, and out of all of the Star Wars movies I probably knew the most about this one without having seen it.  I clearly remember the gripes about the fiasco of Jar Jar Binks, and even though the prequel series was probably aimed at just about my age group at the time, it still seems (at least to my eye now) even younger-reaching than that.  I thought I would be surprised at how young Natalie Portman looked, but I was far more shocked at how Jake Lloyd as Anakin was only slightly larger than a fetus.  His age, plus the interminable Jar Jar, wiped away the quirky appeal of the original series and turned it into a basic kid-pic without a decently intriguing story.  Hit the jump for my initiation into Star Wars fandom rage.

star-wars-the-phantom-menaceWhere to begin … my two favorite characters from the original trilogy, C-3PO and R2-D2, where woefully inserted here.  R2 was a helpful droid in Phantom Menace, but without 3PO he didn’t have any of his (presumed) snark, which took away his personality.  And 3PO!  Don’t get me started on the logic of him being built by Anakin, my blood pressure is too high already.

Jar Jar seemed to fill the role of 3PO throughout much of his interaction with the others, insofar as his negativity, but whereas 3PO did so with charm, Jar Jar nearly sent me to the Dark Side.  Han would have never put up with that level of shrieking and backtalk in the cockpit — I know that Qui-Gon wanted to save him from prison or death but did he really have to sit up front with everyone?  Couldn’t they have taped his mouth shut?  One of the best things about characters like the Ewoks or Chewbacca or even Jabba is our inability to understand them except through other people.  Jar Jar could have been taken in so many different ways, but to insert him just as the Village Idiot for kids watching the movie to laugh at because he makes poop jokes and says a fart smells bad was a waste of screen time and a disservice to the entire franchise.

I honestly didn’t have a problem with the CGI overall, though (with one exception: digitized Jabba).  I thought it would look a lot more dated than it did, but some of it (like Wotto the Toydarian, in close-up) were actually pretty well rendered.

star-wars-episode-i-the-phantom-menaceActing-wise, Liam Neeson deserved better than this, and he (and only he) carried any weight in the film. Natalie Portman did ok, but her fluctuating accent (along with Keria Knightly‘s) was distracting. Ewan McGregor was charming as usual but he didn’t have a huge role (I know absolutely nothing about the other two prequels, but I am assuming he has a much bigger part there).

In fact, the most interesting character, Darth Maul, was given the least consideration of all. His presence also launched the best bit of fighting.  The choreography of the 2-on-1 was great, with the double lightsaber, and it was much more elaborate than the lightsaber combats of the earlier films.  But his dismissal as being one of two Siths (which seems kinda like a huge deal) by a largely-devoid-of-personality Yoda was unsatisfying.  “Eh, there are always two.”  Why?  And?

As a stand-alone film, Phantom Menace could probably work as some basic kids sci-fi action movie with a few loose ends (like the Sith business).  I was interested in Anakin being possibly a dark force (I mean obviously, he will be), though Jake Lloyd’s cherubic performance lacked any hint of that.  As for him being immaculately conceived, that’s when I wrote “game over” in my notes.

star-wars-episode-i-the-phantom-menace-posterBottom Line: I can see why the fandom mostly freaked out over this movie.  I’m scared to see what comes next, although I am looking forward to a few bits of story: Anakin’s turn to the dark side has me intrigued.

Episode I Roundup:

Favorite Character(s): Qui-Gon, Darth Maul

Least Favorite Character(s): Jar Jar Binks

A-ha! Moment: Well, I get the hate now.  I’ll admit, I tried very hard to look for positives with Jar Jar, but they just weren’t there.  You guys were right.

WTF? Moments: The slaves to seem to live a pretty good life on Tatooine … they get to have money, decent housing, time to work on race cars, get to leave work early and have no signs of beatings.  Not bad!  Also, it seems like massive droid troops > Stormtroopers, and if that kind of technology was available why didn’t the Empire use it later?  My head hurts. 

Pop Culture Moments: Warrick Davis popping up was hilarious and sad as it made me remember his comments about it in Life’s Too Short (“I was in Star Wars!” “…were you?”).  Also, Samuel L. Jackson, you are better than this.

What worked best: The race was fine but unnecessarily long.  It kinda reminded me of MarioKart.

What didn’t work:  CGI Jabba is not as gross or interesting as muppet Jabba.  Also, the runtime was interminable.  Finally, most of the big battle scenes were about accidents and chaos, not planning, which wasn’t very interesting.  Oh oh, one more thing: Amidala and Anakin.  Just … weird.

Best Quotes: “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering, and suffering leads to the Dark Side.”

If you missed my previous reviews, here’s Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.  Look for Episode 2 tomorrow.

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  • Darth Effer

    Wow. Someone else has figured out that Episode I sucked. Brilliant series.

    • MisterED

      Well she passed the Hipster test. As everyone knows, you cannot possibly be a hipster unless you hate on the prequels. She is a full hipster now.

      Listen, I’m sorry to break this to you guys but aside from EMPIRE, the original other two Star Wars films were total kids films.

      A New Hope was a Disney film with a Scooby Doo plotline and a cheesy happy ending. Return of the Jedi was basically the same film as the first (it even has a Death Star) but they included stuff they couldn’t add to the first due to its budget and low tech. Plus it has EWOKS. I dunno who remembers this, but every SW fan hated those things back in the day. Back then the CARE BEARS were famous and people complained that Lucas added them in to cater to that fanbase. And Lucas made the Ewoks beat the Emperor’s best troops. It was ridiculous. Even after Lucas tried to explain why he added them in, people hated the very idea of that even happening. They also hated how he made Boba Fett die like a punk. It was a somewhat disappointing film. The worse of the original 3 no doubt.

      Anyway, congrats to the “Star Wars Virgin”… I bet there aren’t that many of those around ;)

      • Oscar

        The whole original series may be kids movies. But at least, they were GOOD kids movies. To this day, I don’t know why George Lucas thought space politics would be interesting to children (not that politics can’t be interesting in movies, just that George Lucas doesn’t know how to make them so.)

      • Wombatawa

        The difference was that 4-6, well certainly not 4 and 5, were not written directly at and down to kids.

        Kids thought Jawas and stuff were funny and cute but they also seemed like real creatures and spoke in realistic made up languages (and they took a LOT of care when they made up languages, it wsn’t just random whatever). In 1-3, especially in 1, or in the 5 ESB in Jabba’s throne room, they stuck in silly look Disney sort of cheap pandering characters at times and would suddenly break into silly baby talk “yousa in deep doo-doo” or cheapo Saturday morning kids cartoons singing in Jabba’s palace in the SE lines something like “chickywicky wacakwacka chicken licken goo” sort of baby talk that was totally out of place considering how much effort they made to make all of the other alien language so sensible and realistic.

        I think Lucas got too old and his kids were super young at the times and he forgot that only like maybe VERY youngs for one or two years care about boo-boo pee-pee talk and jokes and he got a little to carried away. The reason 4-6 were so respected and did so much better than all the other kids fantasy films of the time is because they avoided that and didn’t write them down to and at little kids but simply made great films that could also be enjoyed by kids, a very big difference. GL always said back then that he had no clue what made 4 so popular, well this was one huge reason.

        So why did GL have to make fierce Gungan cards have lines about “doo-doo” and such? Seriosuly just re-write about 20 lines and rid the nonsense baby talk and even WITH Jar-Jar still in it, 2/3rds of the bad goes away just like that. If he wanted to make SE he shoulda made them for 1-3 and removed the silly baby talk lines and filled it back in with realistic alien dialogue.

        That said I didn’t think 1-3 were nearly so bad as many and never was into the whole sad hipster hating on them. And heaven forbid, I actually liked them. Even a few parts of episode 1 had moments of directing styles and editing and such that were exactly like ANH style. And BTW, at least 2/3rds of the things that hipster ‘fanboys’ point out as being so ridiculous or wrong or illogically in their blogs and video explanations of abomination actually simply reveal that THEY are wrong and clueless and many reveal that they never even understood certain things about 4-6 way back and that many had also somehow missed all sorts of hints, decades ago, about what was to come.

        1-3 also may have been better as four movies since there wasn’t enough time to have the characters get into enough all together loveable sorts of adventures like in 4-6 since so much had to be covered.

    • MisterED

      @Oscar – I agree with you there, Oscar. But my point is that the “Star Wars Virgin” complains a lot about the prequel because its a “kids film”. And I was reminding her and others that almost all the films were kids films.

      I mean, Lucas made these films based on the old serials he saw as a kid. With SW he wanted to provide something similar to newer generations of KIDS. Children were always the target. Always. That’s why I wasn’t really bothered by the Ewoks or Jar Jar Binks. No more than I am bothered with Barney the Dinosaur. Because I get what their target audience is. Kids. And kids are not the ones making a big deal about Ewoks or Jar Jar. The complaints I heard and read over the years, always come from older teens and adults. And from a few kids that were influenced by their older siblings or parents.

      I don’t like the prequels except for Episode III, which is a good film (not great – but rottentomatoes also agrees with me on that). But I gotta admit that the first prequel felt more like SW than the other two that came later. When it wasn’t boring you with politics, it did had a sense of wonder. And it did had that traditional “Star Wars ride” segment by way of the pod race. Plus an amazing lightsaber fight.

      But honestly, I’m tired of hispters hating on the prequels, even if I agree that they are not excellent films in general. Sometimes I will be reading an article that has nothing to do with them and the writer will say something like “at least is not as bad as the SW prequels!”. We get it, hating on the prequels is cool and hip. But its time to move on.

      The thing is, many of these same hispters expected the 3D re-release of TPM to bomb badly at the box office last time it came out. Because they all accepted as fact that EVERYONE hated them as they did. And no one would pay to see that garbage again. Well, it didn’t bomb and made a good amount of cash. And something that is quite telling from that re-release, is that most of the movie-goers were KIDS.

      So its time to accept the fact that Star Wars has always belonged to kids. And we adults should just worry about having to buy that new expensive SW toy for them this x-mas season.

  • DrRockso

    What pisses me off is that I have to wait till to tomorrow to see your Ep2 review.

  • Chris Nolan Epic Fail

    Well I found this film way less disappointing that Dark Knight Rises. Jar Jar is only slightly more annoying than Mathew Modine and Catwoman in that film.

    • anony-mouse

      Of course you did.

    • Adrian

      Did you just compare ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to ‘The Phantom Menace’? Seriously? I get you guys were disappointed with the former, but come on …

      • Jeff

        He is just trying to get the fanboys riled up. I freakin died laughing when he compared the two.

    • Albert

      Dude, you got trolling all wrong. It has to look efforless, kinda like you truly mean it.

    • Sccitylhh

      “Well I found this film way less disappointing that Dark Knight Rises.”

      Come on now, you’re not that stupid.

  • Tarek

    Episode 1 was a video game without interaction.

    • FrustratedHombre

      Really? This again? Video games are a legitimate art form capable of beautiful feats of expression and thoughtfulness. I realize that you don’t care, but writing off an entire medium of artistic expression as being on par with The Phantom Menace is like…. writing off an entire medium of artistic expression as being on par with The Phantom Menace.

      • tarek

        Video games are art form indeed. still… I don’t see myself sitting and getting through a whole 2h. of a video game “video”. I didn’t pay to watch an animated movie.
        With Episode 1 you have this awful feeling that you are attending a huge CGI fest.

        George Lucas became a lazy director with lazy and silly ideas after 20 years passed in doing nothing but counting his fortune.

        Midichlorians ? really ? He f***ed the whole mythology of starwars in one word.

  • Micodin

    I’m totally digging these reviews! I can’t wait for the last 2 Episodes!

  • OtherMatt

    Your reviews have been great! I haven’t seen any of these movies in five or six years and your reviews so far make me want to revisit them (especially IV, V, and VI). Thanks!

  • DREDD

    Another great review. I find it fun hearing her reactions. Looking forward to her next two. Attack of the clones was also mostly awful, but I did like the Jango Fett fight and seeing the clones come to power. Shame Anakin can’t act for shit (though he does do mental case pretty well when he’s dark) But he’s terrible at light and chirpy, and the love story is just down right painful to watch. Gutted, as Charlie Hunnam and i believe Leonardo di caprio tested for Anakin.

    Phantom had little going for it, though i will admit, I LOVE the pod race. And Maul fight, still thats not a lot.

    As for the Droid army, they are just a pawn created to to warrant a bigger army to fight them, The better the droid army the bigger the clone army needed to combat them. I actually love this concept, and the faaar superior clone wars animated series (both versions) do an incredible job of showing this. And a whole lot better than the prequels too!

  • A to the F

    Best line of the review: ” Hit the jump for my initiation into Star Wars fandom rage.”

    Welcome to the Dark Side.

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  • Nick

    These are great, can’t wait for the last 2

  • DREDD

    @ Sam Hullett^^^ , ALAN DEAN FOSTER Did not write the movie, he wrote the “novel” based on Georges story. The credit of the novel went to George however. But it looks like your insinuating ADF created Star Wars, which even a retarded Gungan will tell you is fuckin stupid! check wikipedia.

  • Caleb The Awesome

    No hate for the horrible Yoda puppet?

    • DREDD

      If it was the bluray she saw, that awful new puppet has been replaced by the CG Yoda. No way near as great as the OT Yoda but still a vast improvement over the phantom puppet.

  • Luggen

    When Warwick Davis says in Life’s Too Short that he was in Star Wars, I think the is mostly referring to the role as Wicket the ewok in Return of The Jedi, not the role in The Phantom Menace.

  • RorshachLives!

    A totally bang-on review, wait until Episode II Allison, you’ll feel like shooting yourself… it’s a pity George Lucas didn’t hand over his first – and actually pretty good – rough draft of Episode I to someone like Frank Darabont, it might have actually turned out alright… can you believe I saw this thing SEVEN times at the cinema, what was I thinking…?

    • Cody B

      Ok I have to respond to this. You saw this movie SEVEN times in the theater? You OBVIOUSLY loved it! Don’t let fandom ruin a movie for you! Grow some balls and stick up for a movie you like even when everyone else hates it! Everyone is entitled to there opinions. You don’t have to change your opinions so that they match what seems like is a majority of fandom! I LOVE the prequels as much as I love the OT, and no amount of hate torward these movies will shake my opinion. Like what you like and don’t be ashamed by it.

      • RorshachLives!

        I LIKED it back on it’s theatrical release, but i wouldn’t say I loved it, but then again I thought ‘Attack of the Clones’ was a real return to form when I saw it in the cinema… now I couldn’t watch more than five minutes of either film, Episode III is a whole other matter however, despite some flaws (too much exposition and THAT “so love has blinded you?” scene, ugh!), it’s the best ‘Star Wars’ film next to the first two without question…

      • Dan Geer

        I’ll say it right now: I saw The Phantom Menace 10 times in the theater in ’99 when I was 19, plus the 3D re-release earlier this year at age 32 – and, to this day, I still like this movie and still love that I saw it that many times in the theater, plus many more times on DVD. I don’t care what anyone says.

        While I can’t say it’s the best Star Wars movie, it is unfortunately a highly misunderstood one. The plot is way better than many realize – or if they do realize it, they cannot get past dumb things like Jar Jar, and other fans constantly utilizing the power of suggestion and telling them that they MUST hate this film. Poor Allison Keene probably has heard countless times from various fans, “Oh, the originals are great, but the prequels suck,” or, “You’re gonna hate the prequels, just you wait!” Well, of course she didn’t like TPM. Constant bashing like this disables any newbie from ever really having an opinion of their own.

        To me, Episode III reveals why I and II were actually important to the overall saga, and going back and watching the first two prequels after having viewed III is a really cool experience. And the initial reason I liked TPM so much was that it made me look at the original trilogy in a completely new way. Eps. II and III did the same thing.

        I said it on the previous ROTJ thread, and I’ll say it here: The originals are more character driven, and the prequels are more plot driven. The plot of the prequels is actually quite clever when analyzed, but it takes a viewing of all three prequels for many to realize the cleverness of them…

        And I still say Revenge of the Sith is better than Return of the Jedi. :)

      • Oscar

        I also watched the TPM repeatedly in the cinema. I was like nine years old and I pretty much liked everything back then. And you know what, it was exciting back then because I thought: Yeah, the first part of Star Wars and the first new Star Wars movie in a long long time! I went apeshit for that kind of thing back then. It wasn’t until I was a little older, around the time that AOTC came out that I watched it along with the original trilogy again that I realized that it wasn’t as good.

  • Steve

    ” I know that Qui-Gon wanted to save (Jar Jar) from prison or death”

    …thus revealing Qui-Gon as the unmistakable evil that he truly is.

  • Nate H

    “Jar Jar nearly sent me to the Dark Side.” Hahaha, that feeling is shared by every human being on Earth who has seen Episode I. It’s fun reading these because I (and probably a lot of fans) have not watched the films in a while so it’s a nice reminiscence.

    I could never forget how much I hate Jar Jar Binks, midichloriens (or however the hell it’s spelled), and George Lucas shrinking the SW Universe by having needless connections to the original series, but I forgot how utterly atrocious Episode I Anakin is. It’s unbelievable. As Allison mentioned, there was so much opportunity to show him as a youth with edge and a terrible capacity for rage that Obi-Wan thought he could control/temper. Instead, we got a G-Rated Disney movie version played by a child actor who CAN’T ACT. I also agree with her comment on how Darth Maul is awesome and woefully underused. Plus, Mario Kart is spot on! We don’t need to see all three laps…or any of them for that matter. Such a bad movie in every respect.

    I do think Episode II gets better (although Anakin is still bad) and Episode III better still. The plot and dialogue are pretty subpar, but you get more action and less Jar Jar. Interested in hearing the last two!

    • ScaredForMovies

      Should have started the movie off with the Emperor. If I recall correctly the novelization has a prologue/chapter about the Emperor kidnapping Maul as a child and basically training him in the dark side, getting him to kill his friends, and abandoning him on a planet by himself. He then goes back and finds Maul near death but through his hatred of the Emperor he finds the dark side. Gives Maul/Emperor more screen time & depth. Pretty intense stuff but I think it would have given us more insight into not only the Sith way but also how the Emperor later on was able to manipulate Anakin so easily. Could have been epic.

  • Mike

    Allison
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the movies, as I’m enjoying you’re reviews. I won’t give out any spoilers, but I’ll tell you this – the bit about droids > stormtroopers will make sense, in the end. Also, Episode 2 had a moment when the entire theater went silent, followed by rampant cheering. It is an amazing scene by the FX folks, and trust me, you’ll know it when you see it.

    As for the Rancor in Ep 6 having a friend, well – I think it was the animal trainer. Not so much of a friend, as the person who raised the rancor from a… what, pup? into the person-eating pit fiend it was.

    Well, there are lots of things I could say. Overall, I think the big theme of the first trilogy (Ep 4-6) was a grander scheme, and felt more like the grand space opera type of story. I had the sense that even if Luke, Leia or Han died, the Rebel Alliance would go on. The second trilogy, the prequels, felt like it was focused more on a few characters. (Plus the entire idea many have, of it being aimed at kids, with all of the comedic characters & such.) Unfortunately, (to me anyway) the prequels feel less detailed, even though they have better graphics & special effects than the original trilogy.

  • Marty

    Yoda was unsatisfying. “Eh, there are always two.” Why? And?

  • Marty

    Yoda was unsatisfying. “Eh, there are always two.” Why? And?

    If you wanna to understand that line yo u have to read some source materials to the Star Wars Universe. From the ancient time one Sith Lord (i think its Darth Bane, and it’s not batman joke) gave an order to have for one Master one apprentice.

    I feel myself again Star Wars nerd… Fuck!

    • Adrian

      That’s the thing, though. She shouldn’t HAVE to go through the written source material. The answers should be there in the watched film.

  • Moebius

    exactly, the Sith “rule of two” is explained in the novelization

    • Adrian

      You shouldn’t have to read a novel to understand a movie, especially when the movie isn’t based on a novel.

  • spider-fan14

    In my opinion, this is the worst of all the SW films so I don’t think you have to worry too much about it going even more downhill from here. Attack of the Clones, while filled with incredibly cheesy acting/dialogue and convoluted storytelling, was still an improvement over the first one. And Revenge of the Sith was good, I would say it’s about on par if not better than Return of the Jedi.

  • Kenny B

    Am I the only one who’s getting the “I think this is fake” vibe?

    Way to many little details for a one time viewing of each movie, Note how the storm troopers are commented on in every movie…… the freaking storm troopers. We all know how this ends, but who the hell questioned what they are/were/is, ever as far as I’m concerned.

    • Oscar

      Eh, when I first saw the movie I also wondered about the storm troopers.

  • Gui

    These are the most crowd-pleasing and obvious reviews i have ever read. How about telling us something different, instead of trying so hard to please geeks. Its so desperate.

    • FrustratedHombre

      Everything about this comment is dumb. She doesn’t have to slave away until you’re magically convinced her opinions are legitimate. Find a barrel of liquified elephant phalluses and quaff of it deeply.

      • Gui

        Please shut up

  • ReallyIsaac

    Samuel L. Jackson is better than this?! Did you see Snakes on a Plane?! Or the Siri commercial. This is right up his kriffing alley!

  • Jake

    Allison, I’ve really loved reading your reviews of these movies as a first time viewer. I think you’re doing a fantastic job. :)

  • NOLAN VS NATO

    Shitty home made stuff, really bad actually…

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  • sense 11

    Its an awful movie

  • J.R.

    @Allison, when you finish watching Ep II you will probably want those two hours back in your life! Trust me that’s the worst one!

  • Melack

    I’m a bit of a prequel defender and I think TPM is quite good, especially for what it wants to be. I like most of it. AOTC is the only SW I don’t really like. So I’m curious to see what you think of that one. ROTS is just plain great in my eyes though!

  • Chris

    I’m convinced the whole “It Gets Better” campaign really started out for people who watched Episode I but hadn’t seen the other 5 movies yet.

  • Dan Geer

    People that think The Phantom Menace is the worst of Star Wars obviously haven’t seen The Star Wars Holiday Special. Now THAT is truly bad.

  • TotesMcGotes

    It’s funny how people complain that “she tries to please fanboys” with her opinion. If her opinion was different from the fanboys on one thing,everyone would be complaining about that instead and call her a terrible reviewer or something.

    • spider-fan14

      Seriously. These comments are making me feel kinda bad for her…damned if you do, damned if you don’t…

  • miguel rodriguez

    Nice review.. the reason why the Empire refused to use the battle droids in the future was due to the fact that the entire legion can be shut down with the flip of a switch. In this case, the destruction of their space station. Plus Storm troopers are smarter. you’ll see. Keep up the good work!

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  • Austin

    I’ve really enjoyed these, but I’m kind of bummed that her opinions have been exactly what’s generally accepted. If that’s her opinion, that’s her opinion, but I was kind of hoping she would view i in a different light then most of us since she was seeing them so much later than everyone else and so close together…

  • Simon Maxwell

    “WTF? Moments: The slaves to seem to live a pretty good life on Tatooine … they get to have money, decent housing, time to work on race cars, get to leave work early and have no signs of beatings. Not bad!”

    Did the writer of this review actually pay attention when she watched the film? It’s explained that if the slaves attempt to leave they’re killed with explosive devices. Watto may treat his slaves well (no the surface, at least) but they are still prisoners. They don’t have their freedom.

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  • Wombatawa

    The difference was that 4-6, well certainly not 4 and 5, were not written directly at and down to kids.

    Kids thought Jawas and stuff were funny and cute but they also seemed like real creatures and spoke in realistic made up languages (and they took a LOT of care when they made up languages, it wsn\’t just random whatever). In 1-3, especially in 1, or in the 5 ESB in Jabba\’s throne room, they stuck in silly look Disney sort of cheap pandering characters at times and would suddenly break into silly baby talk \"yousa in deep doo-doo\" or cheapo Saturday morning kids cartoons singing in Jabba\’s palace in the SE lines something like \"chickywicky wacakwacka chicken licken goo\" sort of baby talk that was totally out of place considering how much effort they made to make all of the other alien language so sensible and realistic.

    I think Lucas got too old and his kids were super young at the times and he forgot that only like maybe VERY youngs for one or two years care about boo-boo pee-pee talk and jokes and he got a little to carried away. The reason 4-6 were so respected and did so much better than all the other kids fantasy films of the time is because they avoided that and didn\’t write them down to and at little kids but simply made great films that could also be enjoyed by kids, a very big difference. GL always said back then that he had no clue what made 4 so popular, well this was one huge reason.

    So why did GL have to make fierce Gungan cards have lines about \"doo-doo\" and such? Seriosuly just re-write about 20 lines and rid the nonsense baby talk and even WITH Jar-Jar still in it, 2/3rds of the bad goes away just like that. If he wanted to make SE he shoulda made them for 1-3 and removed the silly baby talk lines and filled it back in with realistic alien dialogue.

    That said I didn\’t think 1-3 were nearly so bad as many and never was into the whole sad hipster hating on them. And heaven forbid, I actually liked them. Even a few parts of episode 1 had moments of directing styles and editing and such that were exactly like ANH style. And BTW, at least 2/3rds of the things that hipster \’fanboys\’ point out as being so ridiculous or wrong or illogically in their blogs and video explanations of abomination actually simply reveal that THEY are wrong and clueless and many reveal that they never even understood certain things about 4-6 way back and that many had also somehow missed all sorts of hints, decades ago, about what was to come.

    1-3 also may have been better as four movies since there wasn\’t enough time to have the characters get into enough all together loveable sorts of adventures like in 4-6 since so much had to be covered.

  • Wombatawa

    “it seems like massive droid troops > Stormtroopers, and if that kind of technology was available why didn’t the Empire use it later?”

    I think because, as was shown, all you do is hit the control ship and they all go down (or hack them and remotely reprogram even stand alone logic droids, etc.)

    “Natalie Portman did ok, but her fluctuating accent (along with Keria Knightly‘s) was distracting.”

    Actually Carrie Fisher had the same exact thing in SW IV. Sometimes they were acting as royals in formal capacity and sometimes not. That was also why Portman was often very wooden in parts of 1, she was a very young queen and had to be especially reserved and wooden to stand out from among others. It was all calculated.

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