I'm no prequel apologist, but what exactly is it about The Phantom Menace that many find so egregious? It seems to me that a lot of the criticism sent its way could as easily be directed at any of the original films. Stay busy having a fit over Jar Jar's antics, meesa thinks this is a decent instalment in a franchise that ought not be taken as seriously as it is.
Time is the healer of all wounds. The world needed to see THE FORCE AWAKENS to understand why quirky (or quacky!) George Lucas is the 'special sauce' of Star Wars. Released in 1999, PHANTOM MENACE's greatest sin was that it dared be different. From the rolling Droidekas to Nute Gunray's Thai accent to the uncomfortable age gap between Anakin and Queen Amidala, it's George Lucas riffing on the weird and the wonderful.
The plot isn't great, yes. But still, there are some pretty good things in this movie. Darth Maul is a character who looks bad and evil as hell without saying a single word. Gives a bit of information regarding Anakin's future; the cloud in his future, as Yoda perceives. The beggining of Obi Wan as one of the greatest characters in the Star Wars Universe.
FACT: jar jar binks is the zooey deschanel of star wars they're both awkward, clumsy and a tad annoying sometimes but DUH OF COURSE zooey has BIG BLUE EYES and CUTE BANGS so all of her flaws are adorable quirks, wife material amirite??? jar jar hasn't been blessed with good looks (even in alien standards) so let's call him "the worst character of all time" bitch he's basically your wifey in another package get real
This is by far my favourite Star Wars movie. They actually got into the nitty-gritty of politics, Liam Neeson, Terence Stamp, Keira Knightly, Ewan McGregor, great cast all around. The final lightsaber fight is the best lightsaber fight ever done in all of star Wars, it introduced Duel of the Fates, the ending is just an ungodly amount of battle (cross-cutting in 4 battles). Yeah, this is really underrated. I love it.
Abysmal, but if you can get past that it's kinda jokes. I mean, it makes no sense at all, really doesn't know what the hell it wants to be, and Jar Jar is actually one of the worst creations ever, period. But despite all of that it has a somewhat eye bleeding charm.