Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Star Wars : Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

When it comes to inter galactic war, no other movie comes to mind other than 'Star Wars'. 

Although this movie had been visually extravagant, I believe as the beginning of the prequel the narrative was some what weaker compared to other episodes. In spite of its minor glitches this was still an enjoyable ride.

It would be surprising to know that some one has not yet seen Star Wars, still I will just brief the story in George Lucas’ own words without going into plot details.

“Turmoil has engulfed the
 Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small Planet of Naboo.

While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict…..”

Well the finest part of this movie is the freshness of the story. Any one with liking of Science Fiction will love the legacy of 'Star Wars'. Perhaps if I have some thing to nitpick about this movie it would be some of the character animation which really had been aggravating. The first character that comes to mind will be Jar Jar Binks & its clan of Gungan. On top of that it was sometimes even infuriating to hear it speak. I guess the special effects team behind this had really messed up while introducing this character. Personally I don’t know whether it was at all required or could there had been some other alternative.

'The Phantom Menace' boasts some strong casts starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson & even more. Taken as a whole their marvelous performance have really overshadowed some of the gnaw which otherwise would have turned this film into a missed prospect. Jake as the young 'Anakin Skywalker' & Liam Neeson as Jedi Master 'Qui-Gon Jinn' were really brilliant. In all the rest of the special effects were done quite well along with John Williams’ unforgettable track of the legacy.

To finish with, Episode I had been a good start for a prequel, merely it fell short from narrative perspective. This will though not dampen the spirits of the true Star War fans out there because we get to see lots of good action which the Star Wars Franchise has always pledged.

'May the force be with you...'

My Rating : 6/10

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