Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace

Rated PG 133 minutes 1999

I gave this film a positive review when it first came out. I was young; I was prone to huffing paint; I didn’t have my priorities straight. That, or this just felt better going down in the late ’90s. Or maybe seeing it in crap 3-D brings out the worst in the film. It’s a little harder to accept Jar Jar Binks when he’s coming at you in three (or, really, 2 1/2) dimensions. The 3-D sort of punches one’s eyeballs around, especially during the pod races, which now look blurry due to the 3-D retrofitting. Liam Neeson’s wig doesn’t benefit from the 3-D, either; it is far too vivid and obviously fake. The Darth Maul battle is still cool, but that’s about the only true enjoyment in this visually abrasive version. I am not excited about Attack of the Clones in 3-D. Not excited at all.

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Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas

Producer: George Lucas and Rick McCallum

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Pernilla August, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie, Ahmed Best, Samuel Jackson, Ray Park, Peter Serafinowicz, Ralph Brown, Terence Stamp, Brian Blessed, Sofia Coppola, Kenny Baker, Silas Carson, Dhruv Chanchani, Celia Imrie, Anthony Daniels, Andy Secombe, Margaret Towner, Oliver Walpole, Kristina DaSilva, Jerome Blake, Steve Speirs and Benedict Taylor

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