Star Wars: The Phantom Menace


The Phantom Menace is better than I remember. Itโ€™s well constructed, and there are incredible subtleties and thematic elements hidden among the flashy (and cheesy) A-plot. Itโ€™s about dualities, symbiosis, and most of all, misdirection. An elaborately costumed decoy queen, an invasion waged to maneuver the Senate into giving Palpatine more power, and so on. And the movie is that too: a big flashy effects and battle and comedy extravaganza in front of a master manipulator quietly going about his scheming.

I mean, yeah, the dialogue isnโ€™t very good, and there are all the horrible stereotypes, but the core of the story is thematically solid.