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Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: March 25th, 2017, 8:19 am
by thepepgal
It's the start that divides the fans. Here's the spot to chat about it.

Re: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: March 25th, 2017, 11:14 am
by Zedekk
I have to say when I start thinking about this movie it brings back some nostalgia for me. It was the start of a great potential hope. Thanks to GL's proclivity with using CGI and exploring a different way of film making, it seemed to miss vital parts in storytelling.

I think the real problem this movie faces is not based on one flawed character, it's the problem of the director being pulled in two different directions. I watch it and see some of the Lucasian storytelling style elements in there. Long shots with characters posing and music crescendo in the background. And then the CGI "Let's- really-fix-it-in-post-production-because-there-are-so-many-things-that-we-can-do-now-a-days TECHNOLOGY!" These two forces were not reigned in to assist the director in telling his story, they ran rampant throughout.

I still enjoy parts of it, but I'm no longer allowed to watch it, because the wife refuses to let the children even know of its existence.

Re: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: March 25th, 2017, 11:38 am
by Javen
I don't hate TPM, but I don't love it either. But there are many things that I feel could've been better. Jar Jar withstanding it's not the biggest problem.

I always felt that alot of TPM should've best been used as backstory, not the actual story. It maybe would have worked better of it had started when Anakin was way older. But at the same time you see the innocence of Anakin and his pull from the moment he leaves his mom and that is the tragedy. I love Ewen as Obi Wan and Liam and of course Maul shouldve've stuck around for EP II.

Re: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: March 27th, 2017, 11:03 am
by thepepgal
I envision Star Wars as book. In 1977, GL gave us the middle of the book and the proceed to the end in eps 5 & 6 (at that time), Then 16 years later he gives us, Ep 1 which is the first few chapters. If you read novels, those chapters are usually where characters are established and aren't as thrilling as the finish. To me, this describe TPM perfectly so not enough action for what fans had become accustomed to.

Re: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: July 1st, 2017, 6:09 pm
by Rollafett
Let's get down to the only true issue with this film...ego. Lucas's ego got in his own way far too much with TPM. He despises writing and directing. Ok, so he decides to do both. Now, it is true that he offered the directing gig to others - Ron Howard among them - and was turned down flat it seemed mainly due to awesome responsibility that came with making a new SW film at that time. Ok, so he's stuck with directing, but why didn't he make sure that he had writing help? From everything I've ever read about the man, that's the one aspect of film-making he can't stand the most. And without a solid story, there's little hope of the film turning out good.

I still am a fan, but it's by far the weakest of all SW films, and Lucas could've made steps to prevent that.

Re: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: July 3rd, 2017, 5:25 am
by Master Magnus
Rollafett wrote:
July 1st, 2017, 6:09 pm
Let's get down to the only true issue with this film...ego. Lucas's ego got in his own way far too much with TPM. He despises writing and directing. Ok, so he decides to do both. Now, it is true that he offered the directing gig to others - Ron Howard among them - and was turned down flat it seemed mainly due to awesome responsibility that came with making a new SW film at that time. Ok, so he's stuck with directing, but why didn't he make sure that he had writing help? From everything I've ever read about the man, that's the one aspect of film-making he can't stand the most. And without a solid story, there's little hope of the film turning out good.

I still am a fan, but it's by far the weakest of all SW films, and Lucas could've made steps to prevent that.
I agree that it's the weakest of the SW movies (shared with TFA in my book), but Lucas did try to solicit help writing the movie. He asked Lawrence Kasdan who turned him down., but he should've tried harder.

Re: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Posted: July 8th, 2017, 4:47 pm
by Rollafett
First I've heard about that...interesting. And then quite a bit later Kasden is back in thick of it. I wonder why he turned it down back then? Was it to do with working with Lucas, or like with the directors who turned it down...not wanting the pressure.