The Phantom Menace at 20: A Defense

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  1. Turd Ferguson

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    RotS is actually my favorite Star Wars film. Ian McDiarmid absolutely kills it in this movie and elevates it above Jedi and Empire for me.
     
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  2. publiusr

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    It had a WWII feel. The title helped with that.
     
  3. cooleddie74

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    It felt like Star Wars. Sadly not all Star Wars films can say that. :shrug:
     
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    Sometimes literally!
     
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  5. cooleddie74

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    Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGregor were easily the two best things about the Prequel Trilogy. Palpatine and Obi-Wan shone even when the scenes they were in didn't rise to the same level.
     
  6. Set Harth

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    If it's not Scottish, it's crap!
     
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  7. saddestmoon

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    TPM is the best of the first three PT movies, IMO.
    :beer:

    Visually stunning; among the best musical themes in a SW movie; and cohesively distinct enough in style to be an absolute worthy first outing for the Prequels.

    Love it to bits!
     
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  8. Smellmet

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    It's nowhere near as bad as people make out. I think it's a better movie than the last jedi.
     
  9. BillJ

    BillJ History’s Greatest Monster Premium Member

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    I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I think The Last Jedi is a far better movie than The Phantom Menace. The prequel trilogy in general just didn't have any kind of emotional core that I cared about. The Phantom Menace, in particular, just didn't give me any characters that I cared about.

    There were workable elements, but overall I found the movies very flat.
     
  10. flavaflav

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    It's definitely my least favorite of the series. I still saw it six times. I haven't seen another SW flick that many times. I love the overall story and themes. I just don't like the execution. I remember the night before opening I ended up reading the entire Topps widescreen card set and spoiled the whole movie on myself. I thought there was a bunch of story missing, but when I saw it in theaters and that was it... It's a missed opportunity, but still holds a special place in my heart.
     
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  11. saddestmoon

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    TPM gave me some of my fav SW starship designs - namely the republic cruiser and Maul’s Sith Infiltrator. For these reasons alone, I can forgive it for whatever else it does or doesn’t do.

    Doug Chiang’s visual designs are fantastic (he also worked on Rogue One and TFAs).
     
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  12. cooleddie74

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    The Naboo Starfighter. Enough said. :bolian:
     
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  13. flavaflav

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    Fuck yes!
     
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  14. Set Harth

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    So he didn't work on TLJ? What is it with Chiang being replaced on these trilogies? He didn't work on ROTS either.
     
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    It was my desktop image on my computer all through late 97 when the first photos leaked until the movie came out.
     
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  16. saddestmoon

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    I didn’t actually realise that when I posted - but checking now, you are correct.
     
  17. saddestmoon

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    I still have my Kenner Episode 1 3 3/4 inch Naboo starfighter! It’s absolutely wizard (I use that term both in jest and in seriousness)!

    :p
     
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  18. cooleddie74

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    Hasbro released a new and improved 3.75"-scale Naboo Starfighter in 2012 to coincide with the 3D rerelease of Episode I but it was all but impossible to find at brick-and-mortar retail.

     
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    People who complain about too much CGI in TPM have no clue.

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  20. Smellmet

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    It's not just TPM either. All the prequels used a huge amount of miniatures.
     
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