Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace | reviewed by: Gerry Carey | October 19, 2011
entertainment value
Star Wars gets treated to a fantastic update in visual effects but the story lacks the punch of the original. Not to mention stupid Jar Jar.
genre Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
synopsis (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.
lead actors Natalie Portman | Ewan McGregor | Liam Neeson | Ian McDiarmid | Anthony Daniels | Kenny Baker | Jake Lloyd | Pernilla August | Frank Oz | Oliver Ford Davies | Ray Park | Hugh Quarshie | Ahmed Best | Andrew Secombe | Steve Speirs | Samuel L. Jackson | Keira Knightley | Sofia Coppola
director George Lucas