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USA 1999
Directed by
George Lucas
133 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bruce Paterson
1 stars

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The first prequel to the the original Star Wars trilogy, The Phantom Menace provides little of the charm or wonder of ,its much-loved precursors.  With clunky dialogue, an often-confusing conflict over trade embargoes, tedious ‘comic relief’ characters, and spectacularly poor editing with lengthy redundancy and repetitiveness it is rather, spectacularly disappointing.. There are some imaginative moments but not many. The prequel films would get slightly better over time, but this was a terrible beginning. The DVD release of the film was copied and re-edited by a professional film editor to address many of its faults and released illicitly on the internet to some minor critical acclaim. 




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