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10 years of Flick Filosopher: I can’t stay away from Episode I

It seems like the entire summer of 1999 was spent rewatching Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and rehashing it with friends and fellow geeks, so there was more than enough to justify another look at the film, from a purely fannish perspective:

And then there was SF novelist David Brin at Salon, complaining that Lucas is telling us through his films that giving in to anger is always bad, that it’s not possible to harness negative emotions for a positive good. To which I say: bollocks.
It all ties in with something that lots of critics (including me, originally!) saw as lacking in The Phantom Menace: characterization, especially in comparison to the original trilogy. Well, I watched the trilogy again recently, and really, it’s only over the course of all three films that we get some really meaty character stuff. And I’m amazed to discover that a lot of what we see as deep characterization comes, to a certain extent, from all the yacking and analyzing fans have done over the years.

Like it or not, we are all George Lucas’s bitches.

second review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, posted 09.07.99

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