This review of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is actually more entertaining than the actual movie was. I’ll warn you, it’s long – over an hour, but broken up into smaller segments in case you don’t want to watch all at once. But if you’re like me, then once you start watching, you won’t want to stop.
If you have ever wondered why Episode I was SO much worse than the original trilogy. If you couldn’t quite put your finger on what went so very wrong, you’ll enjoy this. The maker of these videos, Mike from Milwaukee, is very detailed, and very accurate in his amusing criticism.
As a writer, I enjoyed, and learned from his details about what was wrong with the characters, the pacing, and plot. His examples were excellent. I’d like to think I would never make such mistakes, but if George Lucas could do it, then little beginner me need to keep a close watch on myself. I know I’m going to look at the characters in my Work-In-Progress a little more closely now.
One last warning – these videos are not kid friendly. Not awful, but I’d say maybe PG-13 for the language and. . . well, I don’t want to ruin some of the other stuff. Just review it before letting your kids watch.
Here’s the first segment. You could search RedLetterMedia’s youtube channel to find each segment (there are 7 total), but /Film is where I first watched these. They have them all in order already for you, with a little written commentary introducing each.