The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi’s Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedis escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the sith really extinct? Is the Queen who she really says she is? and what’s so special about this young boy? –IMDb
Along with his friend and occasional collaborator Steven Spielberg, George Lucas was the key figure behind the American film industry’s evolution (or, according to most critics, de-evolution) from cinema to spectacle during the late ’70s. The mastermind behind two of the most lucrative franchises in history — Star Wars and the Indiana Jones features, respectively — Lucas redefined the concept of the Hollywood motion picture, shifting the focus of film away from acting and personal storytelling to special effects, production design, and rapid-fire action. Remaining at all times on the cutting edge of merchandising and technology, he forever altered the ways in which movies are perceived by audiences and studios alike.
Born May 14, 1944, in Modesto, CA, George Walton Lucas Jr.‘s first love was not filmmaking, but auto racing. Only a serious wreck forced him out of the sport, and he eventually enrolled in the University of Southern California’s famed film school program. There his… read more
Still a disappointment, even seeing it again with lowered expectations. Design is the only strength in the movie. The cities, ships, creatures, and ‘droids are all exceptionally well designed and nice… read review
Perhaps it was never realistic to expect The Phantom Menace to live up to their predecessors after 16 years. Had Lucas followed the example of Peter Hyams, he may have set more realistic expectations… read review