Thoughts on Movies

“Star Wars – Episode I” in 3D

"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox, 1999)

“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox, 1999)

Seeing “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox, 1999) on the big screen again tonight in 3D was both a happy and sad experience. The film has two absolutely breathtaking, thrilling scenes: the pod racing sequence on Tatooine and the lightsaber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul during the film’s triple-action finale. It was such a treat to see these amazing sequences again on the big screen beautifully rendered in 3D. Watching the rest of “Episode I” was and is mostly painful for me–Jar Jar Binks, the terrible acting, the monotonous dialogue, Jar Jar Binks, the ridiculous accents and dialects spoken, Jar Jar Binks, and the melancholy thoughts about what the film could have been. Oh well, I’m just pleased for the chance to see any “Star Wars” film on the big screen and, mostly, can’t wait to see “Episode IV – A New Hope” and “Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” down the road again in an actual theater, just like I did as a kid. (And don’t get me started on those Ewoks…)

What I wish would happen to Jar Jar Binks

What I wish would happen to Jar Jar Binks