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

20100130, 20100131:
This movie is the worst of the six. I'd say what the movie has going for it is the characters Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. I feel having watched the original trilogy first helps in interest in the character Obi-Wan. Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Where as with Anakin, if you didn't know what he's about, you don't relate to him, because you don't really understand how important he is until at least the next movie. And even then, depending on which movies you have seen, it doesn't really kick in until the third movie. For some reason I thought Darth Maul was cooler, but seeing this movie recently, I think Darth Maul only had a little moment to shine.

[20100408 9:25 AM]

20220529:
With the new release of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+, I decided to rewatch the prequel movies.

Instant Comments:
2a: Obi-Wan the padawan
2a: Lol why not just leave the Jedi to die to the toxins?
2a: Hahaha "you were right about one thing, Master. the negotiations were short"
2a: Lol Jar Jar. I wonder what the thought process was on such an extreme character [a general response is comic relief and ]
2a: (Suddenly age popped into my mind as Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are evading the sea creatures. Anakin and Padme are 5 years different, so that in Episode II, ten years after Episode I, they would be 19 and 24)
2b: Resume where Qui-Gon says Queen Amidala should come with them and she thinks how both are problematic
2b: Hehe droids. "Does not compute."
2b: Is "the little droid" R2?
2b: For some reason I thought Padme and Queen Amidala are the same person. [Yes, her handmaiden looks like her and acted as the decoy queen. So it would be the real queen traveling with Qui-Gon]
2b: Haha. "You think you're a jedi waving your hand around like that?"
2b: I forgot that Anakin built C-3P0.
2b: Over 20,000
2b: I can't remember. I thought someone tries to sabatoge his ship. [Okay, soon enough Sebulba breaks something]
2b: I'd love to learn why there's a set of doors that open and close
2b: I get it's part of the plot and fun but why would the droids be controlled by a control center [20220610: plus, even if there was such a desire, it'd be much better to have a back-up control center]
2b: Lol. But the high ground! (Maybe Obi-Wan had the element of surprise?) [Some reading agrees with the element of surprise, but adds various reasons to why it is so. First. Obi-Wan was unarmed. Second, Maul was toying with Obi-Wan, so he was no longer in the mindset of attacking. Third, Maul underestimated Obi-Wan perhaps in more ways than one. Four, Obi-Wan was calm vs maul who was likely letting his emotions drive him. This last element was first shown when Qui-Gon kneeled down why Maul paced inpatiently back and forth.][in contrast with the third movie, Obi-Wan continued to be ready for Anakin. So when Anakin makes the jump, Obi-Wan strikes][20220610: Actually there are many moments where characters jump after each other or spin around without any consequences. Certainly as a viewer we tend to enjoy such choreography. I guess it makes sense to distinguish those moments from more pivotal moments such as this scene or the high-ground scene in Episode III]
2b: These racers are made to look like they are going so fast, maybe 200mph. [Wow according to a wiki entry. Anakins racer at 947 kmph, which is 588 mph]
2b: Holy moly Tusken Raiders
2b: He leaves C-3PO
2b: Huh, did Anakin try to save his mom? [it becomes important to the overall plot of the prequel movies]
2b: I guess the Jedi way of shunning emotion is... extreme and not necessarily correct.
2b: Oh, so Senator Palpatine is a Senator of Naboo? [20220610: yes, he was the Senator of Naboo in this movie]
2b: Lol, stay in the cockpit
2a=2022529,2b=20220602
Watched once or twice before
Watched first half 20100130, second half 20100131
Watched first half 20220529, second half 20220602 (Disney+)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) George Lucas. 136 min.

Relevant Links:
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (IMDb.com)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace RottenTomatoes.com

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