*Uncontrolable dancing ensues as the Star Wars Theme plays loudly in the background*
Many of you know the connection with this specific day of the year and the iconic movie franchise, others may just be getting annoyed with the constant Facebook posts and tweets from me over the years.
Oh well, I regret nothing!
Now it just so happens that this year the May of Fourth lands on a Thursday, and in my world that is “Blogday”. So sit back, relax, and enjoy why I think that “The Phantom Menace” is the best of the prequel movies!!
DUN DA DUN DUN DUN DA DA DUN DUN DUN DUN DA DUN DUN DUN DAAAAAAAAAAA!
If that was unclear, I was humming the theme song at the top of my lungs.
Ok, well on that awkward note I have a pretty good idea that you’re going to laugh in my face over my choice of prequels, but please hear me out.
There are undeniable reasons why people hate the first of the prequels, but most of those reasons are actually why I like the film.
1. Jar Jar Binks is clearly better than the Jedi.
Now this may seem a bit silly that this one of the first things that I like, and of course the subject Jar Jar Binks is a touchy one. But honestly think about it, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn just finished messing up the entire peaceful conversation and caused a fire-fight with a bunch of robots causing them to flee to the surface of the planet where they meet a seemingly bumbling idiot named Jar Jar Binks. He and although some of his antics are ridiculous he single handed lay starts the events that will repair the relationship between the people of Naboo and the Gungan creatures.
And although he makes mistakes later on in the franchise but I feel that the Jedi dropped the ball on that particular situation. Jar Jar Binks may be a different sort of fellow, but he obviously has some smarts in him that would have been better seen if he had been treated with more respect and care.
Also side note: There are some who make fun of his voice but isn’t there another green alien who speaks in a not quite right capacity? Oh yeah, we all make fun of his voice too.
2. “Now, this is Pod Racing!”
This is one of my favourite parts of the movie! It’s got actions, conflict, and of course high speed pod racing!
It was a nice way to see how Anakin was a truly talented child and how easily he is used in order to get ahead. Now I’m not saying that it’s foreshadowing, but look at how he continues to rebel against the “Normal” and plays right into the hands of those who would be willing to use his ever growing powers for their needs.
3. No romantic complications between a queen and a bratty Jedi.
Seriously this is pretty self explanatory, I know that it was needed for Anakin to have a relationship with a woman in order for Luke and Leia to be born, but this part seriously grinds my gears. Queen Amidala is a strong and capable woman who is in full control of every situation she finds herself in, and in the later movies her relationship with Anakin is distracting at best.
4. Liam Neeson and Ewan Mcgregor are hot! Um, I mean, awesome Jedi…
Did you catch that? Oh well, I stand by what I say. Although they are flawed Jedi, they are also pretty badass ones as well. And also those tall brown boots and tan pants are definitely a hot fashion style.
5. Epic Battle!
The battle at the end is filled with emotions and action as we cut back and forth between Gungan’s VS Robots, Fighter Pilots shoot at things, and of course “Shocking death of mentor that will clearly affect the rest of the movies plot”. Although some of it may be predictable, and cheesy, and all manner of things that are just silly, it is still quite a grand battle that ends with emotion. But the whole time I still cheer for the good guys and booo the bad guys.
I sincerely hope that this made you laugh and that even though my opinions may not align with yours that you will know that I bid you adieu with love and of course say “May the Force Be With You”