Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Look, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. I know, a lot of you don’t like this film, hate it even. And yeah it isn’t as good as Empire, but I do not see it as a bad film. I actually enjoy it. I was there opening day for its original release, and I was there opening weekend for its 3D release.
I went to the earliest showing on Saturday with my son Seth – I will let him skive off school for opening day releases of the Original Trilogy – he was dressed up like Obi Wan and was SO EXCITED. One thing that really irritated me was the theater manager took his lightsaber away. Seth made a point of turning it off and closing it up before we ever entered the theater (without me having to tell him to *sniff* proud mommy moment here) so it wasn’t as if he was waiving it around like maniac or anything. So BOO ON YOU Regal Cinemas Bridgeport in Tigard, Oregon! This is supposed to be an event and to unnecessarily take a child’s RELEVANT toy away from them is bad form. I might add that this was the same lightsaber that I brought with me to all of the original opening day premieres of the prequels. A local martial arts studio was there recruiting for new students. They had a guy dressed as Darth Maul and another as Vader and THEY were allowed to have lightsabers. This started a whole round of “Mommy I really want one of the Force FX Lightsabers!”, yes I know, but I’m not spending over $100 on a lightsaber that you will more than likely break before I can steal it to play with.
(Edit: We did get the Lightsaber back after the movie)
I asked Seth to give me 5 words that described the movie and they were: Awesome, Supreme, Rules, Epic and Action. Keep in mind he is not yet 8 and didn’t quite “get” what I was asking him. I also tried to get him to do a video “interview” but he was more interested in playing Skylanders.
I really enjoyed the 3D usage. I am not the biggest 3D fan because it freaks out my eyes for the first 20 minutes or so until I get used to it. Even still, it was very subtle and was done really well. The blaster blasts coming out of the screen are a TON of fun, the credits were the best, and the end celebration scene with the flower petals falling from the sky was perfection. The pod race scene was MEANT for 3D, so to see it in its full potential was so nice.
A lot of people have an issue with these 3D releases, but I am extremely happy about them for one VERY important reason. My son is going to have the opportunity to see all 6 of the Star Wars films in theaters. Nothing compares to a real theater experience. George Lucas can make all the tweaks and changes he wants because the look of pure joy and excitement on my child’s face makes them all worth it. All-in-all I really enjoyed it, and think it is worth the money for a 3D movie.