Fixing The Phantom Menace
It’s a shame that in this day and age, you cannot find EVERYTHING you ever wanted to on the interweb, and so while I expected to find Todd (The Onion) Hanson’s phenomenal essay “A Big Dumb Movie about Space Wizards: Struggling to Cope with The Phantom Menace” (legally) online, alas, it can only be found in a printed book, y’know, with pages n’ all. Which you really should check out here.
Other people have followed in Mr Hanson’s lead, and defences of ‘how great the Star Wars prequels are’, are a ‘dime a dozen’ online. After trawling through this vast underbelly of amateur film criticism (read: googling for five minutes), perhaps my favourite defence of the pretty inexcusable is by Mr Timothy Sexton over at Yahoo, who posts:
The difference is that the original trilogy appealed directly to the simplistic moral perspective of an America above reproach and always on the side of right in global geopolitics, whereas the much more subversive prequel trilogy stands in defiant counterpoint to the much more dangerously simplistic moral absolutism of the Age of Bush.
Others have maintained that hidden within The Phantom Menace is a better movie, and this guy makes a pretty good case for how the movie could have gone: