The first enstallment of the Star Wars prequels may not have lived up its commercial hype, but it's a damn good movie. George Lucas has produced a winner.Most of the reviews of "The Phantom Menace" have been lukewarm (no pun intended), due to all the anticipation surrounding the film. Although Episode I did have a few weak points to it, it was definitely worth the wait. The movie is destined to become immortalized by Star Wars fans throughout the world.
For most of "The Phantom Menace," the screen is dominated by Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Neeson and McGregor). The actors play the roles well, and having TWO jedi fighting side-by-side is an awesome sight. The lightsaber action starts almost at the beginning of the movie and doesn't stop until the end.
Another strong part of the movie is seeing some of the characters who appeared in Episodes 4-6. Hey, it's always good to see a familiar face, right? Yoda's small green figure and high-pitched voice are an instant crowd-pleaser.
"The Phantom Menace" does have its weak points, though. Jar-Jar can either be a comic-relief, or a painful annoyance. Also, Darth Maul has very little to say. He appears only a few times throughout the movie, and for the most part, isn't all that frightening. The action tends to slow down considerably in the middle of the movie, but Lucas is only giving his audiences a break before the finale. The conclusion of the movie is a sight to behold, indeed. LucasFilm has spared no expense in creating a masterpiece of special-effects.Two Jedi and mad special effects make for a kick-ass movie and a good time in the theatre. See it again.