Director: George Lucas
Stars: Liam Neeson, Jake Lloyd, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman
Almost two decades after the Star Wars trilogy, George Lucas made the decision to return to the galaxy far, far away. “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” was the first of three prequels to the 1977 Episode IV “Star Wars” which even with extensively modern special effects still fell upon fans as a huge disappointment.
Now in this high definition-3D world George Lucas and Lucasfilms decided to once again re-release Star Wars but this time in order and both trilogies. But not just so the diehard fan or newbie could witness the saga in a chronological debut but of all things in post-converted 3D. But does the 3D re-release of “The Phantom Menace” offer enough 3D effect to make it worth a trip and higher price tag to the theater?
Even with the few enticing 3D visual effects, it’s hard to look past the failures of the prequel story lines and Episode I is still the most strangely bizarre story of the prequel trilogy. The story follows a 10 year-old slave-boy, Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) after a chance meeting with Jedi masters Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as well as the Stunning and significantly older Queen Amidala
(Natalie Portman). With the Trade Federation dispute and the oncoming Galactic War the Jedi masters have time to help a slave boy win a pod race, recruit him as a new apprentice(soon to become a Dark Lord) and escort the princess (who keeps changing her identity between herself and her assistant). For those that have not seen this episode or are seeing it for the first time on the big screen then that is an interesting round for the fan.
Lucasfilms recognition and outstanding visual effects helped edge Episode I on to a box-office gross over $924.3 million worldwide in 1999. Unfortunately the 2012 re-release, even with the combination of fan-favorite characters and exciting action scenes does not benefit much from the 3D.
What does Lucasfilms hold in the market of future 3D re-releases – as there are plenty of scenes in the larger saga that could offer some greatly spectacular 3D fun? But then again when you take a film that was not shot with the right camera angles and moments to be presented in 3D all you get is the same film, a flat picture and very expensive price tag…
So if you are going to see “The Phantom Menace” either for the first time or the 131st time just for the 3D effects hold on to you money and wait for a truly spectacular movie that was shot in this era and created for 3D.
I have 2 ratings for this movie:
Movie: 4 Stars
3D: 1 Star