I hadn’t seen Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in a few years. It is clearly my least favorite movie in the entire Star Wars series, but I don’t remember hating it as so many do. However, after watching this brilliant 70 minute video review of that film, I don’t think I’ll ever need to or want to watch it again.
Narrated by a character who sounds like a cross between Steven Wright and The Joker from The Dark Knight, the review is actually a really intriguing dissection of movie making in general. In addition, it is a love letter to the original trilogy, and a challenge to Lucas himself. Comparing the prequels to the original trilogy just makes you realize how wonderful those original films are. The review uses a lot of archival footage and tacky visuals with a healthy dose of some very dark comedy as well. The narrator is portrayed as a somewhat dim man who hates his son and has murderous tendencies. But the review still comes off as very witty and insightful, even if I don’t necessarily agree with it 100%. Maybe 98%. It feels more like a documentary than anything else. It’s some kind of hybrid thing.
LOST producer Damen Lindelof is quoted as saying this about the review, ““Your life is about to change. This is astounding film making. Watch ALL of it.”
Indeed, I watched the first part and couldn’t stop watching. It was a quick 70 minutes. It’s so much more than a mere movie review.
So if you are interested, this should get you started…