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.