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Who liked star wars *spoiler* (if you haven't seen it, don't come in.)

Feb 13, 1999
Hey everyone. If you haven't seen star wars, phantom menace, please don't read further.

This is a buffer, just in case your eyes read ahead.

now content:
Was it up to your expectations? I can honestly say no. It had a ton of building and when it looked like it was just about to pick up, it ended. I was really depressed. That mean painted guy, Darth Maul (or something) was a good bad guy, but why did he just kill the one guy and then die. It wasn't a big fight. Not nearly as good as it could/should have been. And the accidental destroying of the big spaceship controling the andriods, that was not very climactic. Sorry to be such a downer but the 1st star wars movie was the best, by far. I guess they are planning on makin' it a trilogy (another) so some building was for the trilogy as a whole and some was just for the movie. they could have done better. I am gonna go watch the best one again.

(I warned you it was a spoiler.)
Well Mike, I have to agree. I don't think it lived up to the hype, the Star Wars groupies generated. It was a good movie, but nothing I would stand in line for a long time to see. I went to a late showing and the theater was about a quarter full. I thought the the fight scene with Darth Maul was great!, That is up until he had Obe Wan hanging there and decided to become stupid and not kill him while he had the chance. That is one thing I have never understood about any movie. The bad guy is a genius or at the least is a real bad ass. Then when the bad guy is about to kill the good guy, he either becomes a complete moron or forgets how to fight.

Enough of that. I would say I enjoyed the Matrix more than I did The Phantom Menace. Hopefully as Lucas builds to the final movie of the prequel trilogy, it will live up to the hype. I guess you can tell I am not a Star Wars groupie.
There is another Star Wars movie coming out?!?

Gee, I wish that they would do some advance advertising or something. I might have missed it completely if I didn't spend all my free time on this forum. Good thing that I do!


[This message has been edited by stjames (edited 19 May 1999).]
James as I understand it, Star Wars, Empire Strkes Back, and Return of the Jedi were Episodes 4,5,and 6 respectively. This Star Wars is episode one and soon episode 2 will come out and then 3. But not for a while, they have yet to make episodes 2 and 3.

Hey, this is funny
I'm sorry that you guys didn't enjoy it too much, I haven't seen it yet, & I know I sure as hell wouldn't camp out on a sidewalk for weeks to do so. I wouldn't camp out for anything much, except maybe knives, women & alchohol...(a naked babe holding a really expensive custom made knife in one hand & a bottle of J.D. in the other) wow!...I might be over stepping the morals of Blade Forums here?
Reading your posts didn't spoil it for me cause I'm one of those really fun guys that will wait for it to come to video!!God. I must be more boring than I realized
Take care eveyone!

Happy Knifemaking...
I think many of us who saw it may have been expecting more. I just got back from watching it. 9 Tickets! Spark went too.

Overall I liked it, and liked it a lot. It brought back the original fun loving Lucas we all saw in Star Wars. The whole movie was like the Cantina scene on Mos Eisley.

Jar Jar Binks was hilarious and fun to watch in the movie. Some would say he took away the serious nature of the event much like C3PO and R2D2 did in the first three (or the middle three

To say this movie is a disappointment would only reveal ones expectations may have been set to high or hyped up for you.
Those who say that do not know the reason Star Wars is the phenomena that it is. In 1977 Star Wars took us away from the real world we live in, if only for a few hours. Empire did the same and so did Jedi.

Did Phantom?


Remember most of us who saw the original Star Wars when it first came out were a lot younger. We did not watch the movie to critique it. We watched it because it was fun and removed us from the trivial BS that inhabits this world. As we observe ourselves in the technological adolescence we live in we fail to realize how simple life really is.

Star Wars was also a movie which changed the way movies are thought of forever. It was the first REAL blockbuster. Maybe some expected this movie to do the same. Well it can't, the bar was raised by George Lucas single handedly and no one has raised it since. He set the pace by which all blockbusters are measured, even those which surpassed it.

This movie is a continuation of a saga, not a potential mega blockbuster made by a competing company to wipe away the original Star Wars. To raise the bar once again would destroy the original feelings you felt in the original Star Wars. George is a genius and he knows what he is doing. If he made this movie blow away the original I would be more upset.

There is good and bad and this movie exploits those feelings. It is the epitome of good versus evil. When you go see a movie such as this you must remove yourself, if only for a moment, from reality and just sit back and enjoy.

Now if you have not noticed this movie is very much like a new hope. Which means that the next will most likely be like Empire and the final will kick ass just like Jedi did.

Best Regards,
Mike Turber
BladeForums Site Owner and Administrator
Do it! Do it right! Do it right NOW!

The second prequel will be out in two years and the third another two years. Great movie but I don't think we will survive all the new Starwars action figures that will be coming out at this rate.


The spirit grows, strength is restored by wounding
ok so much for the spectacle, phenomena and world import - now the important stuff - what about knife content?
I think Mike put it well. I'm not a movie critic, but I like an occasional good movie and this one sounds like a good one (not necessarily great, but likely good). I haven't seen it yet. I will, but I don't plan on spending weeks or even hours waiting in line for it. I'll see it when I can do so without a lot of waiting.

It's pretty hard to "spoil" this movie. So much has been written about it already that hardly anybody who would bother to see it at all can fail to know most of the plot already.

Paul Neubauer
I don't know about you guys, but I loved it. Best movie I've seen in a long time. Even better than the time I sneaked into The Matrix. I heard that the critics said that it was all specail effects. But what else do you exspect in the future? Anyway, this is one I'll be seeing at least 2 or 3 more times.


Self improvement is a hobby of mine :).

Mike, that is the best view on the prequel I have heard online.
The lightsaber duel between Qui Gon, Obi Wan and Darth Maul was the best part of the movie IMO. As far as Maul not killing Obi Wan when he had the chance I look at it in this way: Maul could have easily dispatched Obi Wan while he was hanging onto that outcropping, but it would not have been enough of a challenge. Perhaps Maul wanted to see how strong an opponent Obi Wan was. Until I read the book or a sreenplay, I will not know, but I would like to think this is the reason.
The fight between Obi Wan and Maul was very cool to watch, and also it shows what a powerful and promising Jedi that Obi Wan is. Thus establishing his character as having the knowledge to accept Anakin as his Padawan learner.

Ahh The Phantom Menace. Even though school is a daily occurence for me i still got my 8 hours in line for the midnight showing. We roughed it. Tv/VCR, receiver, Amplifier, Base box, playstation, laptop.... oh yeah, hard wait.

Front row, center balcony. Sweet seats. Barring of course the idiotic kids to my immediate left that spoke in a conversational tone the entire movie. (urge to kill rising rising fading, rising fading rising...)

The movie: I liked it alot. As a stand alone it may have been a little disappointing, but as a setup it was grand. They gave you enough to keep you interested, the mystery of the Sith lords. And if you caught it, you'll find that the senator palpatine who was elected chancellor is none other than the emperor! Anakin saying Yippee was bad. Jar jar was unnessecary. But Darth Maul's sequences were great! I mean i could have watched that scene and the matrix over and over for practically 8 hours.

Of course i went to the 12:01 show so the next day was no fun, but it was worth it..

Hmm.. maybe i should shut up.

I thought Star Wars Episode I was GREAT! I loved it! The bottom line is that if you are the kind of person that would rent any of the other Star Wars movies just out of the blue and sit through the whole thing just because you love the movie, then you'll enjoy Episode I. It is definitely aimed at kids, and my friend says it is becauise II and III are supposed to be really dark and gloomy. Who knows? I thought there were some annoying things, like the frequent cheesy dialogue, that computerized alien guy (sorry, I forgot all the names already!), and the fact that it takes w hile for the movie to get up to speed. On the other hand, I loved most of the characters, especially Liam Nissen's, and the effects were out of this world awesome! All that, mixed with the fact that there isn't any graphic violence, swearing, nudity, etc just go to show that excellent movies can still be made without those things. I highly recommend seeing it!
In a way, the movie was somewhat disappointing, but then I didn't really expect it to live up to the hype that the real nuts gave it. This being said, I liked the movie a lot.

For the most part, I agree with Mr. Turber

In much the same manner that A New Hope created a new potential Jedi (Luke), this movie creates Annakin. The plot lines are similar in that it also leads up to a climactic (if not to the same degree) battle at the end. However, it is also somewhat like Empire - Phantom Menace sets the stage for the sequel extremely well. There was a great deal of little additions in the plot that filled out many of the holes in episodes 4-6. Mainly I speak of the characters that are seen in all the movies made so far. This is especially true of Annakin - nobody really knew the story behind him, or why Obi Wan was unable to train him. We now see the potential for his failure.

I'm looking forward to Episode II...just wish it were a little closer

JP Bullivant
I just came back from watching the movie and for the most part I loved it. There were soooooo many special effects, almost every scene had special effects in it. The lite saber duel was awsome. The guy that played Darth Maul in the movie wwas soooooo good. I heard he is some british guy who does that type of stuff (sword fighting) and isn't an actor at all (no wonder he hardly had any lines) Hate to disagree with u Mike but i thought Jar Jar Binks was incredibly annoying. At first he was amusing but after the first few minutes of hearing him speak i hoped that he would go away, which didn't happen unfortuately. Although i understand if u watch the movie with a lively crowd u'll laugh harder or cry harder, i doubt that even if i had watched the movie with a very roudy crowd i would have laughed at Jar Jar Binks' antics.

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Jim March
I liked it a lot. We found out more about the jedi, got treated to that amazing pod-racing scene, as well as the best special effects ever produced and one of the nastiest screen villains in years. I porposely set my expectations a little low, and was very pleasantly surprised. Here, Obi-Wan really does seem like a younger version of the character we've come to know. The film had more than enough touches of wonder and genius to offset its occasional more pedestrian moments.
And at the end of the day, I find Jar Jar Banks less annoying than the ewoks. And they didn't stop me from loving Return of the Jedi.
I liked it alot. Mostly the two Jedi, though. Saw it Sat afternoon and then the S.O. and I went home and watched the trilogy on videotape.

Did anyone else think the music was lacking in comaprison to the excellent score of the first trilogy?

I like the fact that a lightsaber was used in a non-weapon capacity (to cut through a door on the Trade Federation ship)

Did anyone else think that Yoda looked wierd? Something just didn't seem right about him.

I guess that's all my commentary. At least until I see the movie again.


Clay Fleischer

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