Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It works perfectly as a Star Wars beginning, despite some minor clumsiness. There’s classic lightsaber and robotic action and a good pacing, making it great for Star Wars fan families.


While travelling to prevent the Trade Federation from invading Naboo, two Jedi Knights come across a gifted young boy who may bring balance to the force.

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Movie details

Director: George Lucas
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz
Writer: George Lucas
Release Date (Australia): 3 June 1999
Runtime: 136 minutes/2h 16m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film features science fiction themes in the form of depictions of fantasy creatures and characters, battle sequences that feature the use of fantasy weapons and instances of very mild crude humour.

Violence (PG)

The film includes fight scenes in which people are implicitly stabbed and cut with fantasy weapons, as well as battle sequences in which people and robots are shot.

mpaa rating

PG (for sci-fi action/violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Phantom Menace is a winning genesis to the Star Wars saga, mainly due to its imaginative and well-designed story. And it’s not just a bunch of chatter followed by prolonged action sequences, although it does involve that within certain areas of its structure; it’s constantly refreshing and remembers every detail that’ll eventually lead up to the connection to the original trilogy. The Star Wars chapter known as Episode I stands thoroughly as an Episode I.

Throughout the film are amazing visuals and awesome battles. This is thanks to writer and director George Lucas, who without a doubt, creates the greatest of the Star Wars franchise so far. There’s a brilliant focus on the former-Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker as a child, as well as other characters who are brilliantly portrayed by Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. Unfortunately, the introduced Jar Jar Binks character is one of The Phantom Menace’s massive flaws. Ignore the clumsiness, and the story is noticeably a whole lot better.

The chitter-chatter isn’t too awful, but there are many scenes where it may be taken too far. There’s also the excluding of a gleaming element that the originals involved, but there’s no reason why this movie shouldn’t be loved or hated. Understandably, and reasonably, the critics haven’t overrated or underrated it. Hopefully its sequel will continue to make sense.

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