Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace: A review of the review to end all reviews, or, why the prequels suck

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

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There are some that say the Internet was created to share porn, while others say it's for pirating music. Those are both wrong. The real reason the Internet was created is to bash Star Wars and the guy who created it, Mr. George Lucas.

Despite Phantom Menace being more than 10 years old, there seems to be no end to the Jar Jar hating online, with many Star Wars bashers blaming the problems with Episode 1 (and the whole prequel trilogy, really) on the computer-generated  Jar Jar and his ilk. These critics usually conclude by wishing George Lucas a pleasant trip to that special section of hell reserved for child molesters and people who talk in movie theaters.

But now, finally, a comprehensive and entertaining deconstruction of The Phantom Menace emerges, cleverly illustrating all the reasons Episode 1 blows. Fanboys, get out your pencils.

The critique, broken down into seven 10-minute videos posted to YouTube, discusses characters, story arcs, the lack of a clear hero, and yes, of course Jar Jar Binks. These videos, unlike others of fans complaining about their childhoods being defiled, uses very specific scenes to exactly pinpoint all of Lucas' faulty film making.

Before you click below and start watching the videos, I should mention the weird guy narrating the critique. Throughout the videos, this man (known as Mr. Plinkett) tells us exactly what he thinks of the Star Wars prequels, sparing the viewer any political correctness. Pay attention and you'll notice the outlines of a story and hints of something going on behind the camera. Stick in to the end and see a plot that unfolds far better than the one in Phantom Menace. The narrator  has a sort of Wild Bill feel — which makes his ironic jokes, and funny comments … Well, you just need to watch these videos!

Check out all seven parts after the jump. It's highly worth the time (especially if you're a Star Wars geek or just a film-fan in general), and will make you think, cringe, laugh and then maybe take a shower …

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

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