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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Liam Neeson
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Jake Lloyd
Directors
George Lucas
Screenwriters
George Lucas
Running Time
132 minutes

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Plot
The peaceful planet of Naboo is under threat from the manipulating forces of evil at work in the Trade Federation of a galaxy far, far away. The Queen of Naboo, the powerful Jedi knights and a young boy with intimidating promise endeavour to defend justice and the forces of good.


Verdict
The most disappointing film of all time it remains, but with the galaxy of hype now far, far away Menace seems much less of a public menace than it did in the summer of 1999. Alongside the obvious action highs, the ability to consume the saga in a single sitting has created a veritable feast for those fans still keen to mine for irony, with Palpatine’s Shakespearean scheming particularly delectable here.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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