Greatest Movie Review: Ever
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, “â€œYour life is about to change. This is astounding film making. Watch ALL of it.â€
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…