Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ★★★★½

Now be brave and don’t look back. Don’t look back.

I’ve been missing my dad a lot this week. Funny, how out of the blue grief is sometimes, especially after more than 9 years of dealing with it. But to cope, I decided to dive back into the first major franchise he introduced me (and my sisters) to and that’s the larger than life Star Wars.

I feel really, really lucky in that my dad showed us the Star Wars films in actual timeline order rather than in order of original release date. So unlike an overwhelming number of the fandom, I have unwavering love for the prequels in all their poorly aged CGI, awkward moment, over-the-top attempts at comedy glory. They’re what brought me into the world of Star Wars and have always been the reason I love the franchise so much. I truly could not give a single care for why everyone hates them so much. I love them enough for us all.

Anakin Skywalker is baby… MY baby. I love his arc and overall character so much and his introduction here is done so well. It alludes to all the power and potential he will possess in the future, while also humanizing him through his backstory.

Another thing I adore about Phantom Menace as an introduction point is how promptly and fully it drops audiences into the action. There’s not much room to catch your breath until everyone’s made it to Tatooine and even then, the slight lull is brief. The pod race is so much fun to rewatch, it’s a genuinely tense sequence! The various planets and characters are brought forth with an impressive amount of ease. Everyone feels like they wholeheartedly belong in this world.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve watched all of the Star Wars films consecutively so I’m really, really excited for this journey!! I’ll be watching all available Star Wars media in timeline order, including the shows (most of which I’ve never seen before)!! So just as a warning, it’ll be exclusively Star Wars from me for a while!

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