Ok, so as every fanboy knows, George Lucas has released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace this month as the beginning of releasing all six films in chronological order (releasing one a year).
For starters, I have not and will not see this film while it’s in theaters, so if you’re looking for a review of the film, wrong place laddy.
I don’t where to start. I could begin with the basics and how there is no apparent main character, coherent plot, flat dialogue from high name actors, and let’s not forget the racist stereotypes of Jar Jar and the trade federation.
But I won’t go off on that. It’s been said a hundred times and I would just be repeating old information. These are just my thoughts responding to the recent reviews I’ve seen about this film.
First off, I don’t understand why people are dishing out cash to see the SAME MOVIE that they hate. Nothing has changed and it’s still the mega disappointment it was over a decade ago. The 3D aspect will not make you forget about the dreadful mess at hand.
In a post-conversion film, it does not assist your film. With a film like this, which relies heavily on CGI to tell its story, (or lack there of), it makes the effects worst and the green screen usage is more obvious. I own the Blu-Rays of all six films and watching it on an HD tv did have it’s neat moments. The sound is great and the film does achieve a different feel.
However, unlike the original films on Blu-Ray, the HD makes the film feel more real, (probably because the effects are all live action instead of CGI), the HD is detrimental to the prequels and the effects look more like a video game. It was very obvious, primarily in Episode II, when the actors were in front of a green screen. The post-conversion 3D will only bring that out more.
The 3D will not increase the quality of this film. You are just paying to see an effect. The effect should be an added bonus to a great film, not the film itself. I am excited for the original trilogy to be in 3D, despite the fact that they will be the special editions. Aside from the mind boggling changes, the original trilogy looks and feels awesome in HD and that alone made the Blu-Ray purchase not a let down. The special features are awesome too.
But the OG trilogy has a consistent plot, character development throughout the trilogy, and in my opinion, just great pieces of art. That’s why the HD and 3D to me, with these films, are worth the extra purchase. It would be a fun addition to a story I enjoy.
The prequels have great visual effects and I’m sure it looks all spiffy in 3D, but Episode I is just crap and I would just be watching a movie I’m not remotely involved in with glasses on my face.
It’s the same reason I hated Avatar. Really cool visually, but I thought the dialogue, acting, and story were ridiculous so I didn’t buy into the 3D gimmick.
By going to see this film, you are only feeding George Lucas who gets too much credit as it is for the original trilogy. In a way, he is bit of genius. All he has done for the past 20 years is re-release these films, with minor tweaks here and there, and everyone buys them. He hasn’t had to do a damn original thing to make money.
I personally hate Attack of the Clones way more than this film and would watch Phantom Menace before that shit storm. I’ll be surprised if people go and see Episode II in 3D. If anyone remembers, nothing worthwhile happens until the end. The other 1 hour and 45 minutes are spent with a forced love story and even shittier dialogue.
If you really want to see this film in 3D, I suggest just watching it on Blu-Ray at home and save your money. The 3D isn’t going to change anything.