(72) The “Duel of the Fates” lightsaber battle and Tatooine pod race may be among the few redeeming factors of the film, but when first viewing The Phantom Menace all academic considerations were lost to the pure joy of seeing a new Jedi adventure unfolding before me on the big screen. From a technological standpoint, Lucas’ mix of FX mediums here is commendable, and Menace looks better retrospectively than Attack of the Clones.
Note: this review has been revised since its first publication.
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