Lucas's first "Star Wars" film in 16 years is also the beginning of his prequel trilogy. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and rebellious apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) are sent to the peaceful planet Naboo to aid young Queen Amidala (Portman), who is being forced to sign a Trade Federation treaty. When the Jedis escape to Tatooine with Amidala, they encounter a slave boy, Anakin (Lloyd), whom Jinn realizes is enpowered by the Force, and are pursued by the Federation and evil Dark Lord, Darth Maul (Park). The special effects are all they're cracked up to be (practically the whole thing is computer generated, but doesn't look it), and the action scenes have the zip and excitement you'd expect. The characters and story may aim a little more at kids than some would like, but those kids will be the teenagers that flock to see the next two. Some plot holes, but that's to be expected in the first installment of a trilogy.
Fan verions are better lrademac07 at 2008-04-14 13:42:19
I've seen many Fan versions of SWI and they are better than Lucas' version. I liked the movie as it gives good back story to many characters that I loved in the Classic Trilogy. Jar Jar is not as bad as some people suggest, the voice is terrible, but the character is annoying at worst. I hope some one will do a Re-imagining of SWI someday.
George Lucas falls apart PaleRider at 2008-03-10 11:33:05
Jar Jar Binks. Need I write more? After waiting so many years for more installments in the "Star Wars" series, fans are disappointed with a childlike, naive, lame story, lame characters, lame dialogue. This film contains tons of positive elements and much potential, but is bad on so many other levels it's ridiculous. Couldn't Lucas surround himself with staff that would force him to realize what parts sucked? I don't get it. Can't wait for someone to remake this film.