Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace - REVIEW

Film of the Day #119/ 300

A controversial choice, however, Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace was never going to measure up to the avalanche of buzz and craziness surrounding its release. Nonetheless, despite the criticism, The Phantom Menace is a decent first addition to the Star Wars trilogy. George Lucas expertly integrates the fantasy of computer imagery with reality to create a spectacular visual design and some of the most dazzling and amazing special effects ever seen on the big screen. Unjustly condemned for the ostensible horror of Jar-Jar Binks, Lucas still captures the imagination of both young and old. Watching The Phantom Menace there is a great sense of discovery as the film establishes the foundations for many story elements that were curiously unexplained in the original movies. With great performances from Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, The Phantom Menace may not reach the heights of A New Hope or Empire, but the force is still strong with this one.