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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Movie Review: STAR WARS I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Hello, everybody!
I am so sorry that I have been so absent. I had a lot of posts planned for last week, but I had to suddenly go out of town and am finally back.

Anyway, as this is a movie review blog, I should review at least once movie a month, eh? (My minimum is supposed to be three, but that didn't happen). As you can see from the post title, I'm doing a STAR WARS review, and since I only do those on rare occasions, today, March 31st, must be a special day! You are correct in thinking that: it is Ewan McGregor's birthday! He plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels. Also, for some reason a lot of the reviews I've done this year have included him. Huh.
I am reviewing the STAR WARS movies in the way that they are made. If you haven't seen them, I cannot stress enough how important it is to watch them this way!! If you don't, some of the best moments in movies are spoiled. If you are to watch them, do it in this order: IV: A New Hope (1977), V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), I: The Phantom Menace (1999), II: Attack of the Clones (2002), III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), VII: The Force Awakens (2015), & VIII: The Last Jedi (2017). You don't have to watch I, II, & III, because they are not the best, but it is interesting to know the back story.

Enough blabber, I'll get to it! This review today will be a bit longer because I have a lot to say.

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

STAR WARS I: The Phantom Menace (1999):
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away..."
With trouble on Naboo, two Jedi Knights take Queen Amidala away from there to plead the Senate to help her. Their ship being damaged, they land on Tatooine to get supplies. There Qui-Gon Jinn meets Anakin Skywalker, a nine year old slave who is great with mechanics and offers his friendship to the Jedi. Qui-Gon gets himself into a trading agreement that all depends on whether or not Anakin can win a pod race. All the while there is a mysterious figure that seems to be controlling the Senate, who are they?
"You Jedi are too reckless."
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy.
Length: approx. 136 minutes.
Costumes: 8, there is nothing bad, but (and I think this is the first time that this has happened on this blog), they are a little over the top, but in the wrong places! I would love to see less CGI, but Amidala doesn't need fifteen different crazy outfits, see?
Script: 9,
'"Do you hear that?"
"That is the sound of a thousand terrible things coming this way."'
Directed by: George Lucas.
"There's always a bigger fish."
Written by: George Lucas.
Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn.

'"I have a bad feeling about this."
"I don't feel anything."'

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Natalie Portman as Padmé.
Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker.
Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks.
Hugh Quarshie as Captain Panaka.
Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine.
Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker.
Anthony Daniels as (the voice of) C-3PO.
Kenny Baker as R2-D2.
Frank Oz as (the voice of) Yoda.
Oliver Ford Davies as Sio Bibble.
Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
Ray Park as Darth Maul.
Peter Serafinowicz as Darth Maul (voice).
Terence Stamp as Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum.
Silas Carson as Nute Gunray, the Viceroy.
Keira Knightley as Sabé.
Richard Armitage as a Naboo pilot. (He isn't credited, but he's there!).
I was reading the credits and it said: "Jabba the Hutt as Himself". What does this mean?
Cinematography: 6, ugh, there is so much CGI! And it really isn't that good. I get so tired of it. The race is fun, though.
Cinematography by: David Tattersall.
Music: 10!! Oh, I love it!!
Music by: John Williams.
Quotes: 7, "What, do you think you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hand around like that?"
Storyline: 8, there is fighting, and death.
"Greed can be a powerful ally."
Age Range: A 6 year old boy that I babysit loves this movie. Seriously, he watches it all the time. So, he is fine with the violence.
Overall Score: 7.5.
Bonus thoughts:
"Are you brain dead? I'm not going in there with two Jedi." (This cracked me up!)
First off, I want to talk about Jar Jar Binks. I know that a lot of people really criticize him, and I understand that, but it is not Ahmed Best. He does a great job, the best he could have done with Jar Jar (I actually talk in his way a lot, mostly when I'm tired). I don't like Jar Jar Binks, because of the way George Lucas wrote him.
I usually like back story, but these prequels make me so sad! I just know all of what is coming. Speaking of, I hadn't seen this all the way through since the first time, which was in 2015 (and I was sick so I didn't remember a lot). When you rewatch it you cringe because you can see everything that is going to happen, it is so obvious! I know that I couldn't believe that I didn't see it the first time (but, as I said, I was sick, so I was a little foggy).
All in all, there are parts that I like, but I could just cut a lot out because it takes too long. And, I love seeing Ewan McGregor as a young Obi-Wan! He does such a good job.

Thank you so much for reading! Do you have a favorite of the prequels?



  1. I feel the same way about this movie! (It’s still the best of the prequels, though, in my opinion. XD) Great review!

    1. Yes, I totally agree with you on that, it is the best of the prequels! :D Thanks, Nicole!

  2. I watched this one a year or so ago. I still like the three original ones the best.


    1. Rakayle, I definitely agree with you! Do you have a favorite of the originals?

  3. We watched this one all the time while I was growing up. It's not as good as the originals but I like it.

    1. Oh, really? This was only my second time! I do like watching it for Ewan McGregor, who is one of my favorites!

  4. Wait. Richard Armitage was in this?!? I didn't realize that! ;D

    Ugh, the CGI is really cringy in this one especially!

    Great review, as always. :)

    1. Yes, it is a super small part (I'm not sure if he even has any lines) but he's there! And it was his first movie! ;D

      Oh, yes indeed! Something that the newer ones have definitely gotten better at!

      Thanks, Elanor! :)


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