Hello this is the Reckoning Reviewer here, and I decided since it's a new year in 2013, I decided to do a new thing. Every Tuesday hopefully I will be able to talk about movies that I like but aren't liked enough by the general public, but they aren't bad movies really, they're actually good films in my opinion. Yeah, I know that there will be immature douches out there that will hate on this, but f**k them, I still like these movies for what they are, and nothing will change my mind about them. So here it is, the first of many of this new blog series: Why It's Underrated.
For the first episode, I decided to go over the first episode of the Star Wars saga. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Back in 1999, this film was really hyped up since fans were going to see Star Wars in theaters again. Theaters were packed for the beginning of George Lucas's prequel trilogy. After it came out though, reactions were kind of mixed, and by kind of, I mean people were seriously bitching about it at one point, and there were people who were actually smart enough to accept the changes. For me, as you can tell, I really like this movie, it's not my favorite of the Star Wars movies, but it isn't my least favorite, that goes to Empire Strikes Back, if you wish to find out why, I'll cover that in another blog series. Plus, I was five-years-old when this movie came out, and it was the first Star Wars movie I saw in theaters. I loved the original trilogy from old VHS tapes that I watched when I was little, and I was excited for this new one along with everyone else. So I didn't dislike it back then, so I don't dislike it now. But before I tell you why I like the movie, I'll tell you why people dislike it.
Why People Dislike it:
Jar Jar Binks:
If you're going to get into why people tend not to like this movie, you have to look at the one thing everyone always talks about from it. The new character Jar Jar Binks. Jar Jar was the first we saw of George Lucas's Gungan species, which are native to the planet Naboo that is divided between them and the humans of the planet led by Queen Amidala. They are amphibious, and do happen to be a warrior species. The has been attacked quite a bit through the years, mostly because of Jar Jar and the fan's opinions of him. Jar Jar was meant to be a character to appeal to a younger audience for the movie, he was part of the advertizing for the movie through its toy line and restaurants that gave out happy meals. Instead of finding him charming, audiences found Jar Jar annoying. The reasons, I don't really understand, some say that Jar Jar was portrayed as a racist stereotype. Doug Walker the Nostalgia Critic said that he was thought to be offensive to African Americans, but in his Top 11 Dumbasses in Distress video, he said that it was because Jar Jar needed to be saved from the moment he appeared on-screen. The hate for Jar Jar would continue on throughout other movies though even though his role was more tamed. He got a few minutes of screen time in Attack of the Clones and only one line of dialogue in Revenge of the Sith. Fans are known to blame him for the creation of the Galactic Empire, which started with him granting Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers so he could purchase the clone army. But I'm getting ahead of myself. For me, Jar Jar is just kind of there. I don't really like him, but I don't just hate him like everyone else. The community often refers to him as one of the worst characters of all time, but whatever, there are worst characters out there, like the cast of Twilight.
Jake Lloyd was a child actor chosen to play the role of a nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, who would later become Darth Vader, the greatest Sith Lord that ever lived. In the movie, he is a slave living on Tatooine with his mother, owned by a Toydarian named Watto, and he's also the only known human to be able to podrace. When fans saw his portrayal they raged. They were seriously pissed for multiple reasons. They say that they can't believe that a kid like him would grow up to be Darth Vader because he's a wimp. But he's a kid, they are supposed to be wimpy. Another thing they mention is his acting, but he is just a kid, kids aren't good actors most of the time, so that's a little unfair. When you hire a kid on set, the rule is either train them, or expect them to be bad actors. The reason that appears to be the most humorous though is his dialogue, which Doug did get a kick out of making fun of in his Nostalgia Critic reviews, especially with "Are you an angel?". Some fans did hate his portrayal so much that they say it ruined Hayden Christian's portrayal of Anakin in the following films, but they still like Matt Lanter's portrayal of Anakin in the Clone Wars. But what about me? What do I think of him? Personally I think he was a bad actor yes, but he's a kid, I don't have high expectations for them in movies. I do think the reaction was too harsh though, because of the backlash Jake Lloyd actually did quit acting and can't even watch himself. So I'm not to happy with the community for scarring him for life. But whatever, onto the last thing in the list.
The debate about midichlorians began with one scene in the movie. They were mentioned twice before the one scene that everyone rages about. In the scene Qui-Gon Jinn does tell Anakin what midichlorians are. Microscopic particles inside a person's bloodstream that the Force apparently comes from, and Anakin was possibly conceived by them. Fans were enraged by this as well. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan describes the Force as a mystical energy that binds the galaxy together. Fans didn't really accept the change as they claimed that it didn't make the Force seem as mystical as it seemed "science". I don't really have a problem with it, as at the time the movie came out I was five, and I still don't have a problem with it now. Plus, there was an explanation in the Jedi Path book that said that midichlorians merely just controlled the Force, not created it. The book does talk about a great deal of many other things, plus it is signed by all those who held it during the time and fall of the Jedi Order, from Yoda, Thame Cerulian, Dooku, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, Darth Sidious (who obtained the book after it was lost after the Clone Wars), and Luke Skywalker. It's a great read, but I'm getting off topic. Anyway, I don't have a problem with midichlorians, never did, never will.
Now that I got through the reasons why people dislike it, now I'm going to go through why I like it.
Why I Like it:
Star Wars has always meant something to me and always will. This movie I thought was a great starting point for the saga. I really like what they did with the special effects, explanations of the characters we know, as well as some talented actors on set like Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson, plus it does help expand the knowledge of Star Wars. Plus, I have a shared opinion here when I mention Darth Maul (played by Ray Park). Even people who didn't like the film knew how awesome he was. He was an extremely tough Sith Lord who wielded a doublesaber and actually killed a Jedi Master. Plus, he actually did survive certain death and is in the Clone Wars, voiced by Sam Witwer who is Starkiller from the Force Unleashed games. I really like the movie and I was loyal enough to see it in 3D. And here is my question to the jackasses who bash this movie. If this is your least-favorite Star Wars film, then why is it the highest grossing? It's the first one to make it to a billion dollars, so some of you must be lying about your thoughts on the movie.
So yes, I recommend the movie to real Star Wars fans.
So that was my first episode of my blog series. I hope to continue on every Tuesday for as long as I can, as there are movies out there that deserve better reception than what they are getting. I guess some people see what others are saying about the movies and are afraid to actually say their thoughts because they might get hated on for it, so they lie and agree with the d*ck face who started it. So to sign off on this first episode, people, think for yourselves.