Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace

So the son and I watched Ep 1 yesterday-- the daughter was grounded, so she will be catching up on Friday. Anyway, I went in as open minded as I could. I didn't let my opinions cloud my son's judgment, and I thought maybe I was simply playing into the conventional wisdom about how bad the movie was. But no. It really is a genuinely bad movie. It has genuinely terrible dialogue at times. Ah well. My son knew all the names of everything from reading (and rereading) a Visual Dictionary I have. Especially during the underwater scenes. As they enter the water, he says, "Ah, that's the Water Breather 99!" or some such. A monster appears, "That's the Sando." I was on the verge of laughter! He seemed to enjoy the movie, and didn't seem to think it was any better or worse than any of the others he had seen (IV-VI).


  1. You've gotta hand it to Lucas, he has some kind of mutant power that makes icnredibly good actors look like local playhouse understudies. Look at the names in ep1; Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel Jackson...a movie with that kind of lineup (and budget) should've rocked, but sadly, no...

  2. However, if his goal was to entertain children ages 7-9, he succeeded. Also, if his goal was to make eleventy-billion dollars in merchandising, he also succeeded. If his goal was to please you and me, well, he failed.