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Reviews Comments: All can be forgiven, except for one thing The Phantom Menace film/book review by uncannybeetle

I liked the Phantom Menace as a little kid, and I still like it today. That dies not mean that I don't see the huge problems: quite a few of the plot details, the lack of anything for Darth Maul to do, some painful acting here and there, Jar Jar, ect. I see them very clearly. I am just able to forgive them because the overall plot is still good, the new music is just as good as it ever is in a Star Wars movie, and the action is exciting.

There is one thing, though, that I cannot and will not overlook. When our heroes arrive on Tattooine, a barran, desert planet populated by criminals and run by the mafia-like huts, Jar Jar Binks for some reason goes with the party that scouts the nearby settlement for a new hyperdrive. No one even questioned whether it was a good idea to take the amphibious swamp alien with a talent for getting into trouble into a desert environment where keeping a low profile is key. BS. Pure BS.

It is an asinine stuation, but it is one of many in the movie. So why can I forgive the others and not this one one? Because this is just Lucas shoving the most hated character in his franchise down our throats even when it makes absolutely no sense. Jar Jar has nothing to contribute plotwise on Tatooine (Anakin did not have to save him from the Dug for them to end up at his house) and no purpose being there, yet there he is, chewing scenery and distracting us from the important stuff going on.

While I can forgive every other flaw, this one thing is enough to make me question whether Lucas actually thought anything through when it came to the Phantom Menace.


  • JobanGrayskull
  • 10th Sep 12
This is a very interesting review. I envy your ability to forgive everything but that one particular point, because I personally cannot justify a great many things about this movie.
  • rimpala
  • 14th Jul 14
I guess the only explanation I could have is that Jar Jar is that the Jedi just can't seem to get rid of him, or maybe he was there to draw attention to himself so everyone else could keep a low profile... but that would be reading too much into the movie.

Sigh, I wish the acting was better, compared to Luke, Leia, and Han these main characters are just too stilted. I would have thrown out the Jar Jar thing and had Liam Neeson play the Badass he usually played in his later roles.
  • GuardianSoulBlade
  • 29th May 15
I've always seen it as if Jar Jar goes with Qui-Gon, he won't break anything on the ship, what got him banished? Crashing a ship!

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