Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Jar Jar Binks
The Gungan army of Naboo – The Phantom Menace

Jar Jar Binks

Never liked the character.

I’ve often wondered how he came to be in existence in The Phantom Menace?

Please do post your comments below and share your thoughts on this. Do you like the character? Why? Do you hate him? Why? Post your comment, I want your feedback on this.

In my humble opinion, I really think the movie would have been better without Jar Jar Binks. A little rewriting in the script and no one would have noticed it, even missed him.

He’s a goofy character always running into trouble. He would’ve been a great cartoon character, for sure!

Moving along…

Upon it’s release in May 1999, The Phantom Menace took a lot of criticism. Negative criticism that is.

Rare we’re critics praising the film. Many doomed the franchise. Who can blame them.

Special CGI effects we’re inserted in many scenes. At one point, I read they we’re inserted in all of the scenes.

Sounded more like a video game than a movie.

Some special effects we’re done really well. Like the pod race on Tatooine.

Pod racing - The Phantom Menace
Pod racing – The Phantom Menace

What an awesome display of ingenuity and creativity. Grandiose, magnificent, extraordinaire!

While other effects made sequences look a bit terrible. The scenes with the Trade Federation’s droids weren’t best executed, in my opinion. Sometimes too much of a good thing is like not enough. Know what I mean?

How about the actors on set?

Take a look at this pic and tell me if somebody’s too serious.

The cast having fun...Carrie Fisher at least - A New Hope

Well, okay, maybe the 2 guys – and the stormtroopers – are a bit serious. Nonetheless, I really think this cast, at that time, had more fun while filming. They enjoyed the process all along.

For the most part, I think the actors didn’t have fun while shooting the movie. In comparison with the original trilogy where the cast & crew had a ball! It’s true the cast of The Phantom Menace had lots of scenes with green backgrounds that later would be filled with droids, gungans and the rest (special CGI effects). This results in fewer interaction with real people, with real actors.

And it shined through on the big screen.

The stories of The Phantom Menace, along with the 2 other movies of the Star Wars prequels – Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sithrelied heavily on politics.

This results in endless debates. Pointless discussions with other members of the senate of what action course to take, who should be involved, who shouldn’t be involved, rules to follow, legislation waiting to pass, …..Ugh, it’s exhausting!

When you’re in politics, decisive action is long. It takes time to decide on actions to take.

I don’t like politics. Never have, never will.

One more reason this film didn’t rate high in my view.

General-Star Wars

Here’s the story of The Phantom Menace:

Two Jedi knights go on to negotiate a dispute between the planet of Naboo and the Trade Federation.

After negotiations, the Jedi escape Naboo from the Trade Federation and meet Anakin Skywalker, a young boy living on Tatooine with is mother.

The young boy joins the two Jedi. He is to be trained and learn the ways of the Force.

A prophecy claims Anakin is to bring balance back to the Force.

War rages on Naboo. The mysterious Sith, dark side of the Force aficionados, resurface and vow to reclaim their past glory.

Will peace reign in the galaxy? Or will the Trade Federation and the mysterious dark power of the Sith gain control and push upon it’s devious plan to once again rule the galaxy?

You can check more information about “The Phantom Menace” on the Wookieepedia site here.

Please be aware, the film’s description contains SPOILERS. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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A long time ago, in a blog far, far away…

Dominic Paré, a Star Wars fan

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