What is it about? Star Wars: the Phantom Menace is the first of the infamous prequel movies in the Star Wars saga. New fans to the franchise don’t need to know anything about the Star Wars universe to watch this movie, for it is the beginning of the saga. The Trade Federation has cut off all passages to the planet Naboo, so Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn go to fix the dispute. Along the way, they meet Anakin Skywalker, a promising young boy who grows up to be the feared Darth Vader, and encounter the (not-so-interesting) villain Darth Maul. If you are looking for a good, exciting movie filled with action, The Phantom Menace is not for you.
How is it? 2.5/5 Overall, The Phantom Menace is a boring movie. It’s villain, Darth Maul, is terrible and speaks two lines(!) throughout the movie. It is unlike the other Star Wars movies and lacks the elements of adventure and excitement: who wants to see a Star Wars movie about trade? However, if you want to watch it, you do not need to have seen any other Star Wars movies.
How is the action and special effects? 3/5 The action and special effects in The Phantom Menace are not amazing, but not terrible. The little action that exists is choreographed wonderfully, and is exciting to watch. However, the lack of it will bore viewers. The special effects, like the rest of the prequels are overused and ruin the effect.
Overall, Star Wars: the Phantom Menace is a terrible movie that is not worth watching.