If you read my first blog you know the backstory but for those that do not I'll offer a quick refresher on what this blog is about. I recently viewed the Star Wars series for the very first time and just wanted to offer my experiences on these viewings and give a first impression rating. I have only watched each movie once and will probably go back and view them again to see if I missed anything.
I have already gone through the first trilogy those being episodes IV-VI and expressed my content and joy for these movies as being one of the finest trilogies I have ever watched. So much so that I'm considering it for my favorite of all time (It's between this trilogy and Nolan's Batman trilogy). However I figured it's time that I give you my impressions on the episodes I-III. Again SPOILERS so don't read on if you're not prepared for them.
Episode I - The Phantom Menace
This movie is universally hated. I remember being a young child of 9 years old when this movie first came out and the general excitement that it gave everyone. I however never seen the movie so now is my time to rant. This movie did NOTHING for the franchise... zero. I easily saw why fans were so disappointed in the movie after viewing the first three movies and being offered this one after a leave of absence. Let's get into the problems that I had with the movie:
Jar-Jar Binks: Let's get a big one out of the way. Jar-Jar is easily one of the most annoying characters that has ever been made. Some characters are made to have this annoying quality on purpose and still have an endearing quality. C-3PO was a good example of how to properly do this. Yes he was at times annoying but he was still lovable and didn't bother me ever. Jar-Jar had nothing to love. His speech pattern was annoying, his backstory was stupid, he was not comic relief like they intended. Jar-Jar Sucked!
Anakin's Story: Now this one I had to think on for a little while. We meet Anakin as a child on Tatooine as a slave. He and his mother had been there for quite some time. In fact his Mother had a jesus birth... by that I mean no father. This leading Qui-Gon to believe he is the chosen one. Now here's my problem with all this... It has no relevance to the Star Wars universe. Think about it. What does it matter? Short answer: It Doesn't.
Pod Racing: Again a major selling point for this movie was the exciting Pod racing portion of the movie. While the scene... wasn't awful. It again had no suspense like they planned on. I have seen the episodes 4-6 and I know that Anakin is going to win the race even before it starts. I really didn't even care about the race because I knew the result. On top of all that they made it as cliche as possible as it was a come from behind win.
Liam Neeson: Now this isn't against Neeson as I loved how he played Qui-Gon problem is that Qui-Gon didn't matter! Neeson is an incredible actor and really deserves. This is more of a personal point as I just really like Liam Neeson.
Darth Maul: This was perhaps the most disappointing thing for me. Darth Maul looks like a total bad ass. Plus the double lightsaber is something that was too cool of an idea to waste. It looked liked this villain was going to be one to rival Vader... how wrong I was: very little dialogue, no backstory, and very little camera time left me completely disappointed in this character.
Now those are just some things I picked out but like I said my biggest gripe is that if a person was to skip this movie entirely they would have missed nothing important. Seriously think about how the events made an impact in the Star Wars universe. This movie was more of a distraction than it was an actual movie from the series and because we had just been fed one of the greatest trilogies of all time before it... it just felt like a slap in the face. Overall it was ok at best. 5/10
Episode 2: The Clone Wars
Now I don't have a ton to say about this movie. It was mediocre... I felt like yea it did contribute to the story as we got to see some very important events happen such as Anakin's relationship with Padime Amidala evolve and turn into something more. We also get to see his rebelious side and some of the reasons why he turned out how he did. While I was watching this movie I was more pleased that I could actually say okay finally some character development I'm getting to know Anakin. However the story of this movie bored me. It definitely didn't have as much action as I would've liked (save for that awesome Yoda lightsaber battle at the end) It didn't really entice me in the way I was hoping. It was ok and definitely better than episode 1 but still not what I was looking for. 7/10
Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
Now this is more like it! This one was full of action! Loved every bit of it. They made a logical connection as to why Anakin would want to join the dark side. Great Character development. This actually felt like a true Star Wars film. I can't really say much more than that but I will give some of my thoughts that I had during the movie and you can compare to how you felt.
"Anakin has already shown that he has anger issues'
'That Chancellor is the sith' (Come on it was obvious)
"Holy shit... Anakin just killed Samuel L. Jackson" (Still not as good as his death in Deep Blue Sea)
'This lightsaber battle on the lava is one of the coolest things ever"
"More machine than he is man.... HOLY SHIT I GET IT!!"
Those are just a few of the things that ran through my mind. I liked this movie a lot as it really developed and showed how Darth Vader became Darth Vader... WHICH WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF THE PREQUELS... This movie is very good... Not quite as good as the 4-6 but definitely a very enjoyable experience for both Star Wars fans and movie fans. 8/10
There it is... All the Star Wars movies.. My final verdict: I am a huge fan and now deeply interested in the series. To be fair I was never really one of those people who was interested in the whole space travel sci-fi world so I didn't think I would enjoy the movies this much. Again I recommend if you are ever going to show this series to anyone do it 4-6 than 1-3 as it will be hard to hook somebody in with the first movie. To be honest had I watched it 1-6 I would've stopped at 1 because the action is slow... it tries to be story driven but really isn't... and yea it just wasn't a ton of fun to watch. Star Wars is now going to be a part of my life... Bring of 7-9!!!