Phantom Menace Vs Star Wars Essay

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The Star Wars Saga In May of 1999, George Lucas released his highly anticipated Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace (TPM) to a bag of mixed reviews. Some were pleased that a new Star Wars had finally hit their local multiplex, while others where unhappy that after waiting 16 years the movie wasn't very good. George Lucas was in a very tough spot. He had to deliver the most hyped movie in history, while telling the back story for character so many are familiar with. The Phantom Menace does do some things well. The action, and battle scenes where well worth the wait. Also it featured some big time actors with Liam Nealson, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman. But the story, drama, and the weak introduction of Anakin Skywalker, who later becomes Darth Vadar, left a lot to be desired. Also, TPM seemed to be made for a less intelligent audience than the original movies, and this too, turn a large percentage of fans off. The biggest downfall in TPM is the characters aren't as accessible as the first three Star Wars films, and Episode IV A New Hope (ANH), in particular.The first pair of characters to be examined is ANH's Han Solo and TPM's Obi Wan. Both characters are the most liked in both films respectfully. Harrison Ford's portrayal of a cool space drifter won the hearts of everyone to see ANH. Ewan McGregor had the same luck with his portrayal of a young Jedi apprentice, because he was portraying the younger version of a beloved figure from ANH. Both actor's received characters that where written very well rounded and realistic but Ford gets the nod here for the very funny dialogue written in the first movie. Also Solo's interaction with all the other characters makes his personality that more likeable. In TPM, Obi Wan's interactions don't display much of his personality, but the movie does show off his fighting skills. His fight between Darth Maul is one of the greatest swords fights recorded on film. Solo's fighting skills are somewhat limited to the use of a blaster, but he's quick with his tongue. He is a space pirate and never trained to use a light saber, where Obi Wan is well trained in the arts of fighting and therefore be able to fight more efficiently. Where Han lacks fighting skills he makes up for it with a very strong and likeable personality. Obi Wan can put on a great fight, but his less engaging personality makes him less likeable.Lucas has always included a strange character in all of the Star Wars movies. In ANH he introduced Chewbacca, and in TPM it was Jar Jar Binks. Chewy worked because he was paired with the highly likeable Han Solo, plus the viewer could never understand what Chewy was saying. He spoke in load grunts...

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