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I thought that in the wake of Attack of the Clones, armed with perspective, we had all wised up and realized why The Phantom Menace didn't actually suck.
I actually really like The Phantom Menace more than most people I know. Its fun, its innocent and it has this strange thing about it - as if there is some unused or burried commentary. Slaves are happy and clean, the Jedi live in an ivory tower, Anakin has the beginning of an Oedipus complex, etc.What the hell was wrong with the Phantom Menace novel? It seemed fine to me.
I agree, the novel was alright and did add some nice things, but overall it was so-so.I found the Episode III book serviceable, which is more than I can say for the adaptations for the other two prequel novelizations.
However the strengths of the novel - it still tends to shirk the strengths of the movie.
I'd have to agree with you there. I didn't find the movie so bad, I actually fail to see the problem.I actually really like The Phantom Menace more than most people I know. Its fun, its innocent and it has this strange thing about it - as if there is some unused or burried commentary. Slaves are happy and clean, the Jedi live in an ivory tower, Anakin has the beginning of an Oedipus complex, etc.
But then, I may just be reading too much into it all.
As for the novel, I found it too simplisticly written and not to my tastes. That isn't to say someone else can't enjoy it but it didn't click with me at all.
Everyone complains about Jar Jar - but no one can explain why he's annoying, given that he's just the prequel's answer to the C-3PO role from the original movies.The only thing about Phantom Menace that I didn't like was Jar Jar was too damn annoying.
The "How rude!" joke aside, Jar Jar and 3PO both have the same sense of ... comic inevitibility. I'm sure there is some acting word for it but since I'm not an actor, I don't know what it is.I've heard you say that before and I'm not quite sure what you mean. C3PO wasn't straight comic relief in the original trilogy -- that didn't happen until Episode II...
I don't find him entertaining either, even if half of his material is recycled from classic silent movies and slapstick Marx Brothers stuff. He is, however, a lesser insult given that he has no effect on the original trilogy whatsoever.I'd like to defend Jar Jar, but I really can't. People hate him for a bad reason, because he doesn't fit with their post-modern sensibilities... but at the same time I can't stand up and say that they're wrong and that he's actually really entertaining.
Give Lucas this - he gave fans a legitimate reason to hate Jar Jar, in that he was the one who nominated Palpatine into power.That doesn't sit well with me, lame as the character was - because it disrupts all other theories that the prequels (and the altered original movies) are the way they are because George Lucas was pursuing his own personal vision.
As much as I love Star Wars (which is to say, I think its the single biggest influence on my life in terms of how I view movies, music and much of the world around me), Episode II was not a good movie. Even thinking about it makes me cringe just a little. Ten years ago, I'd have never thought this possible for anything Star Wars.I think LeHah would agree with me, in that Episode 1 was superior to Episode II, which did seem random at... uh... everywhere.
There is more going on with the Prequels than the original movies. This isn't to say that they're better - but there is a lot more detail involved. Sadly, not all of it is done properly which is the ultimate failing of Episodes I through III.I find all three prequel movies a mess. Like LeHah said, the script is probably to blame. And it gets worse with each new movie. It's like we're watching only every odd scene, leaving the even one out.
Personally, I think thats because the Prequels were based on what made Star Wars great - while Star Wars was based on what made Republic Serials / The Dam Busters / Westerns / Chop Socky Movies / Swashbucklers great.The original trilogy had a much better pacing, and emulated the whole "old serial movie adventure" thing a lot better.
Their function in story (at least in the case of Jar Jar in Episode I) is the same, its the quality of writing that is different.And LeHah, even though 3PO had a few things in similar with Jar-Jar, he had some differences too...
Always loved in TIE Fighter flying against the Rebellion and wiping out masses of Rebel fighters. TIE Defenders were by far my favourite, they were everything I hoped for, a TIE with lots of lasers/ion cannons, all right manouverability at least, tractor beam, plenty of missiles, hyperdrive, shields and a TIE style cockpit.TIE DEFENDERS ROCK!!! and give props to the A wing. Those things chew Tie Fighters to shreds and ask for seconds.
It was quite good, they were always my favourite ship to kill in TIE Fighter, particularly when you're this weak little thing exactly like a TIE/LN with no shields and only two laser cannons.I would have to go with the X-Wing