It’s Monday, which means it is time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like the twist in Shield Hero, I see it coming from a lightyear away as I give you my thoughts and views on the anime and manga world. This week I’m going to go to bat for The Phantom Menace, and probably talk about some other stuff too. Let’s get into it after the cut.
- I’ve caught up on all of Shield Hero season 2 and while I do agree that Jobless has eclipsed it completely, I found myself enjoying the show quite a lot. It was just nice to sit down and binge a bunch of the episodes all at once. I still think it is a good show, even though I am sure some light novel purists are gnashing their teeth right now.
- I was a child of the prequel era, and so I always have a soft spot for the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Especially The Phantom Menace, which I believe remains the last truly good Star Wars film until probably *leafs through notes* Rogue One.
- Now yes, the dialogue of the film needed a punch up, and it is surprising that George Lucas, with all of his influence and money, couldn’t have just hired a writer to help improve the dialogue, but that is spilt milk already. The film is what it is, and looking back on it over twenty years later, it remains a damn good film.
- Great world building, great foreshadowing of future events, making Anakin a young kid helps make his fall to darkness even more tragic, great depiction of the Republic’s fall, fantastic music and yeah, some very solid performances. Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn remains a powerhouse performance, Ewan McGregor was a perfect choice for young Obi-Wan, and hell even the other actors did a decent to good job. The scene where Anakin leaves his mother remains to me the best scene in the entire series, and the musical score is without a doubt the strongest of Lucas’ six films.
- It remains a fresh and new take on Star Wars that doesn’t forget what came before, but isn’t married to the old stuff. George Lucas didn’t pander to his audience and trusted that people would eventually come around to what the film is, not what they wanted to be. You go look at The Rise of Skywalker, a film that defines “studio-directed, focused tested” storytelling, and tell me that The Phantom Menace is the worst film.
- And before you link me that damn Mr. Plunkett video. Let me do you a favour. Just don’t. I don’t care about that anymore, no one fucking does. It’s been two decades, and if you are STILL upset about these movies, then I don’t know what to tell you.