Can somebody please explain why The Phantom Menace is better than the other two? I’m not even being sarcastic, I just want to hear your thoughts.
I think it did less to crap on the OT characters then the two after it which more or less ruined the characters of Darth Vader, Yoda, and Boba Fett.
TPM didn’t have as many continuity errors with the OT either. I didn’t like that Obi-Wan was under another Jedi’s tutelage besides Yoda and I didn’t like being introduced to Anakin as a child. Although he was at least consistent with the character of Anakin being a good guy and wasn’t what we got with Hayden. It has the whole chosen one prophecy and the midichlorian explanation of the force which is stupid but probably wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if the movie was better.
Jar Jar is annoying but had he been less shrill and not been used for bathroom humor he could have worked. At least we were spared bad romance dialouge unless you count are you an angel as 9 year old Anakin making a move on Padme. Also no flying R2-D2. Even though Maul has almost no lines at least he isn’t as silly as someone like Grevious and him being more a mysterious character that doesn’t say much kind of works.
It feels like it is a better made film overall with more real sets and practical effects. None of the soap opera like couch shots of the other two. At least it had a puppet Yoda in the original even though it looked pretty bad.
It has the best lightsaber fight of the PT. It doesn’t have the OT grit where it seems the lightsabers themselves are dificult to wield and the feeling that the characters are actually trying to hit each other, but at least it is not as ridiculous as Yoda bouncing around like a racquet ball or the Obi-Wan Vader duel over the lava.
All of the prequels are pretty much at the same level to me and honestly I’d probably watch ROTS over any of them if given a choice, but TPM is also probably the least offensive in my mind.