Monday, July 7, 2014

Film #25: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Plot - Everything that happens in this film is so highly improbable that it's disgusting. Darth Vader built C-3PO? A little kid can blow up an entire enemy space station? Scratch that: if it's not improbable, it's Natalie Portman saying stupid things.

Form - Alright. The Darth Maul battle at the end is probably the most exciting Jedi stuff in the entire series, although all the other scenes are straight up total garbitch.

F/X - How could they fill this with so much CG garbage? Some of it looks great, some looks passable, and some shots look like they would have been great back in 1985.

Acting - Liam Neeson is the only person even trying to act in this movie. Everybody else is very, very stiff.

Mise en scene - With all the CG, it's hard to give a shit about how anything really looks.

Quotables - Mostly rehashed from the original trilogy.

Cool stuff - Darth Maul fight period


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