Monday, May 05, 2008

The Phantom Menace

Much has been written of the prodigious failings of the fourth, first, whichever Star Wars movie. But it's not all Jar Jar and midifloradorians. A list in roughly chronological order:
Overall design is attractive
Ewan is a jaunty young Obi Wan
Liam makes for a redoubtable Jedi knight
Melting the blast door was actually really good - shades of Forbidden Planet
Various droids and their equipment are cool
Monsters of the deep are always welcome although the pacing of the planet core sequence is clunky. (Oops! Look on the bright side!)
Jar Jar excepted (excepted with extreme prejudice), the Gungans are perfectly typical Star Wars aliens
Astromech droid garage. Recalls Huey Dewey, and Louis from Silent Running.
Natalie Portman!
Watto's doorbell
Darth Maul's makeup, Darth Maul in general
Pod race arena quoting Ben-Hur
Darth Maul's speeder bike
Terence Stamp!
Samuel Jackson!
Dinosaurs and force-fields: go great together.
Pistol packing Princess Padme
The Duel of the Fates. The best lightsaber fight ever.

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