I honestly think that people hate this movie too much. Yes, the actor that plays Anakin Skywalker is absolutely terrible; yes, the CGI is not very good (but if you bring that up, you also have to bring up the fact that it is a major step up from the original trilogy— CGI developed with time, so what was good in 1977, what was good in 1999, and what is good in 2016 are completely different things); but there are also some great things about it. Ewan McGregor is really good as Obi-Wan, in my opinion, and he only gets stronger as the prequel trilogy goes on. Liam Neeson (to me) is also great as Qui-Gon Jinn. Inarguably, the best part of Phantom Menace is Darth Maul, who was my favorite character in the Star Wars universe until Kylo Ren came along, but that's another story. The martial-arts-like fight scenes involving Darth Maul are some of the best in the trilogy.
I am digging my own grave here, but I'm going to say it. I actually like Jar Jar Binks. I think he is silly and necessary comedic relief. To me, he fills the role in the prequel films of C3PO from the original trilogy, and C3PO is one of the most loved characters in Star Wars. The rest of the Gungans, however, especially Boss Nass, are just unnecessary.
I also have to say that I don't think that Phantom Menace is as bad as Attack of the Clones. I think Attack of the Clones is ridiculously boring, and I can barely sit through it anymore, but I am watching the whole series, so I will (sadly) have to watch it.
Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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