OMG! I paid to see this again???
I have to confess, when Star Wars: Episode I first came out, I was in college. My friends and I waited in line for hours to view the first midnight showing. The excitement oozed from everyone. Finally, Star Wars would continue and we were alive to witness it. As we came out, we insanely jumped in line again. I manged to see each of the following episodes once, and have not looked at them again. I refuse to acknowledge the existence of the newer ones.
However, I do my duty as a good parent and teach my child about Star Wars.
You see, I LOVE Star Wars. The real ones. I grew up with New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and my all time favorite, Return of the Jedi. The story, the sets, the acting. We saw all the releases before the fake Star Wars movies (Episodes I, II, and III) were released. I even have the special movie edition of the Jedi Luke Skywalker action figure.
With this latest release, Lucas has shown once again that he only cares about the money.
An hour into the crapfest I wondered why I paid the $25 dollars to see this film in 3D. Not once did the movie take advantage of the technology. I hoped that the pod race scene would make up for the sheer lack of excitement. But it didn’t. I see no point to making a 2D movie a 3D one, other than to make money. It is an annoying trend in Hollywood. Lucas is just one of the latest. I will not go see Titanic in 3D. I won’t do it.
Lucas has the audacity to get pissed at the public for the criticism he has received and has called it “quits.” Whatever. He won’t walk away from his cash cow. Sometimes I wonder about the rumors of a ghost writer for the first three.
I miss the magic of New Hope.
New Hope captured the imagination of children and adults. I think Lucas forgot the other part of his audience. Phantom Menace was made for an 8-year-old. The slapstick humor and annoying Jar Jar Binks made my 8-year-old crack up.
I rolled my eyes.
He sat enthralled though for whole thing! I, on the other hand, kept wondering if the movie would ever end. I mean, really, how could an army completely made up of droids expect to win. If you watch Phinneas and Ferb, you’ll understand why I sat through the movie wondering where the self destruct button was. I kept wishing for storm troopers.
The climatic battle ending brought an end to the entire thing, with Gunguns pushing over the dead droids. Even the award ceremony was nothing compared to New Hope. Very lacking in pomp.
So the final opinion on Phantom Menace 3D:
8 year old boy: I didn’t have to go pee once!
Paying Adult: I got up and left four times. Probably would have gone more I’d had more soda.