Star Wars

Star Wars

I, The Phantom Menace

DVD - 2013?
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As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow. Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedis to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court. They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy called Anakin Skywalker who is evidently one with the Force. They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedis confront one of the Dark Jedis behind the invasion, Darth Maul, while his master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a "phantom" behind the scenes.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2013?]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: DVD F STA
Characteristics: digital, optical, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Alternative Title: Phantom menace

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DougD67
Dec 28, 2018

Probably the weakest of the Star Wars films. Slow political drama that remains unexplained at the end of the movie.
Our family watched this with the RiffTrax comedy commentary which made it significantly more enjoyable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 07, 2018

Star Wars The Phantom Menace is the first movie in the prequel trilogy, taking place thirty-two years before A New Hope. The movie is about Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi protecting Queen Amidala trying to secure a peaceful end to a large trade dispute. They meet a boy named Anakin Skywalker, a young slave with strong natural powers of the Force. Anakin ends up leaving his home and his mother to train as a Jedi with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn. If you are interested in a backstory to the original Star Wars trilogy, I would definitely recommend watching this movie. However, the movie is not as well planned out as the originals. The plot is very confusing and it is very obvious that it was a poorly written script. Even though the movie is filled with some of the best actors in Hollywood, this movie was definitely not some of their greatest work. I do believe that it is a good movie to watch with the family. Overall, if I had to rate this movie, I would rate it two out of five stars.
@Sapphirereads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I think most Star Wars fans can agree that The Phantom Menace is the worst Star Wars movie in the franchise. George Lucas tried his best to bring back the beloved series and create a background story for Darth Vader/ Anakin Skywalker that fans would love but instead we got the prequels. In the original movies of Star Wars they used practical effects (no computerised help) most of the time to create real looking creatures and backgrounds but in the prequels George used CGI. Using the CGI meant that the creatures and background looked non-realistic. Not only did the CGI help to make this a movie hard to watch but the half a film long pod race scene made matters much worse. The only good thing about this movie was the beautiful music in the background by John Williams. Overall this movie is for sure the worst in the whole series. 2/5
@TheCanadianHufflepuff of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This movie is arguably the weakest film in the Star Wars series. The movie has extremely long exposition and not much action which is characteristic for Star Wars. There are a few saving grace moments, where the action is amped up, and of course the music by John Williams is consistently wonderful to listen to. The movie sets up the whole series, albeit in a slow and somewhat boring way, and therefore it is commonly regarded as the worst Star Wars film, which I would agree with, although it barely passes the second film in the prequels, the clone wars.
@ecozones of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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reginator_22
Jan 11, 2018

Love Darth Maul. Hate Jar Jar Binks. Podrace sequence was cool. Boring political stuff wasn't cool. Inconsistent film by Mr. Lucas!!

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mattt9090
Nov 18, 2017

darth maul does live because he is in the clone wars

Almost the weakest Star Wars movie. There are some good scenes, but there's too much Jar Jar. If Lucas thinks Jar Jar was necessary for little kids, then he completely missed why his original movie was so beloved.

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1aa
Mar 21, 2017

This was quite a disappointment: the dialogue was very stiff, even amateurish, and the characters rather flat (or quite annoying (Jar Jar)), and the plot rather boring. The visuals were, on the other hand, were extraordinary.

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karatemaster
Jul 27, 2015

Jar Jar Binks's humor was annoying and bland but kids will find it amusing. The backstory of Anakin was good to know. The story can get busy but in summary, it's simple. Some aspects of this film I did not agree with but the battle to reclaim Naboo was entertaining and I loved Qui-Gon Jinn's part in the film. Overall, it is a good watch but it is not an amazing film.

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slave1
Feb 13, 2015

Jabba the Hutt is the highlight of this terrific Episode. After all, he IS the star in STAR WARS! ;)

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Dec 16, 2018

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Nov 18, 2017

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Jul 27, 2015

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karatemaster
Nov 14, 2015

Violence: A lightsaber battle that cuts one opponent in half. Two other intense battles as well during the main lightsaber fight.

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karatemaster
Jul 27, 2015

Anakin: Are you an angel?
Padme: What?
Anakin: An angel. I've heard the deep space pilots talk about them. They live on the moons of Iego, I think. They're the most beautiful creatures in the universe.
Padme: You're a funny little boy. How do you know so much?
Anakin: I listen to all the traders and star pilots who come through here. I'm a pilot, you know, and someday I'm going to fly away from this place.

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