Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

Name: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace
Year: 1999
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 136
Description: The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi’s Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedis escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the sith really extinct? Is the Queen who she really says she is? and what’s so special about this young boy?
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Some random thoughts:

1. What the hell is up with the accent of Padme when she is impersonating the Queen? And I thought Queen Elizabeth had a plummy accent.
2. Jar-Jar needs to die in a very, very painful way indeed. I suddenly love the E-Woks, the Wookies and the sand people.
3. Broken grammar I no like, movie makes to watch annoying. To that place teachers send over?
4. The score: OH MY GOODNESS! I finally heard Duel of the Fates in its appropriate context. Fantastic!
5. Some of the parallels between this film and the previous trilogy seem totally forced, like the end celebration, the Qui-Gon burial scene etc.


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