11.22.2011

Why I Don't Hate Episode I



... or at least why I don't hate it as much as most people seem to. I still don't think it was anywhere near what it could have been, but I thought I'd kick-off my semi-regular musings about that great space epic, Star Wars, with a bit of controversy.

There are certainly many annoying things like the "Imbecilic Conception", and of course, Jar-Jar Binks. I'm also willing to concede that, since I haven't seen the film in many years that perhaps I'm not remembering all it's warts (and warts it had even in that fading memory!). But, I do believe that on the whole it's been judged too harshly. In reality, NOTHING could have lived up to all the hype. So it was going to be a disappointment even if it was another Empire Strikes Back.

It did have it's good points: the light sabre duel pitting Darth Maul against Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi was quite good. I personally found Ewan McGregor credible and enjoyable as a young Kenobi, and while Natalie Portman isn't the greatest actress (neither was Carrie Fisher) she had the looks (so did Carrie Fisher). I found the political intrigue interesting. All in all, it wasn't the best film ever, but it was far from the worst. I'd rather watch it than many other films.

1 comment:

N. Trandem said...

The lightsaber battle was wonderful technically, but flat dramatically. It was hard to care about a fight between two wooden and under-developed two-dimensional protagonists and an antagonist who barely had one dimension (he had what, 2 lines in the entire movie? He spoke more in the trailer than he did in the film!). I'll take the first duel from the original series (essentially two old guys swinging their canes at each other) over the one in Episode I any day. There was actually some drama and you have investment in both the characters.

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