Laurelin's Light

Random Thoughts from a Confessed Film Snob

23 December 2009

Best Deconstruction of The Phantom Menace Ever

More than just your typical, pissy rant, this is a funny, well made, well edited, slightly offensive explanation of what went wrong with the execution of The Phantom Menace.

Not only does it vivisect the prequel(s), but it also does a great job of reminding us of just how great the original Star Wars movies were and why they worked so well. A great example is in part 6 or 7 of the review, where footage of Luke's energetic, enraged duel with Darth Vader at the end of Jedi is intercut with the bland, emotionless footage of Obi-Wan fighting Darth Maul.

Another highlight is in the first section, embedded below, in which average moviegoers are asked to describe characters from both trilogies (without resorting to appearance, job description, etc.) and after vividly describing characters from the original films, are unable to define the new characters in any meaningful way.

In the process, the reviewer also succeeds in proving what may be his main argument, which is that George Lucas really has no idea what makes a Star Wars film work.



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