The Phantom Menace is not one of the best Star Wars movies. Though it holds a special place in the hearts of those who watched and re-watched the prequels during their childhood, there’s no denying the film has a multitude of problems.
The most obvious issue is the screenplay. Too much of the dialogue is robotic and cliché, and the story itself can’t seem to decide who it’s aimed at. Though the general tone of the movie is quite juvenile, there’s also a political dynamic that feels totally out of place.
Jar Jar Binks is also a big problem. Why this irritating character was given such a significant role in the story will always remain a mystery.
Luckily, the final act does salvage the film somewhat. The lightsaber battle with Darth Maul is well choreographed, and John Williams’ score is as thrilling as ever. Indeed, this particular duel is one of the best in the whole saga.
Despite its drawbacks, therefore, The Phantom Menace isn’t totally unwatchable.
How much can you remember about Episode I?
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