The Family Reviews Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace


Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete:  The start of the Star Wars saga; an introduction to Jedi Knights.

Brigette: How it all started…in a galaxy far, far away.

Morgan: The first film in the Star Wars series which is all about young Anakin who dreams of being a Jedi.

Gable: Obi-Wan and his Master unwillingly go to Tatooine where they find a boy who can bring balance to the Force.

Any particular reason for choosing this film?

We watched episodes 4, 5 and 6 with the girls as our 2013 New Year’s Eve movie marathon. Check out our reviews of Star Wars: Episode 2 – The Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith.


Pete: Adventure/Science Fiction

Brigette: Science Fiction

Morgan: Action/Family/Sci-Fi

Gable: Science Fiction/Action.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Anakin Skywalker because he still has his innocence and sense of adventure.

Brigette: R2D2 because he’s a true hero.

Morgan: Qui-Gon Jinn because he was so wise.

Gable: R2D2 because he is so cute and he sort of makes the film funny. Without R2D2, I bet I wouldn’t of giggled or smiled or laughed at ANYTHING in The Phantom Menace.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Watto because he is a slave trader and all he cares about is money.

Brigette: Sebulba because dishonesty is not a trait I admire.

Morgan: Darth Mal. He creeped me out because he barely talked. That alone is scary to me.

Gable: Darth Maul because he was so evil.

How was the casting?
Pete: The only character I had trouble with was Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I’m not sure who would have been better in that role.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?

Pete: Got straight into it, but then it became tedious in the middle.

Brigette: The opening scene always gets my attention.

Morgan: It got me immediately. So far, all the Star Wars movies are like this.

Gable: It took about 20 minutes for me to really get involved in the story but it was definitely worth it.

Favorite quote:

Pete, Morgan & Gable: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda

Brigette: “Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

What would you change?

Brigette: I would have made the pod racing scene shorter.

Gable: If I tell you what I want to change about it, it would give the whole thing away.

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: One day I would like to see a Star Wars film with a live orchestra.

Is it part of a series and have you seen the rest of the series? Pete and Brigette have seen all episodes released to date. Morgan and Gable have seen all but Episodes 2 and 3 which they plan to watch this year.

How was the ending?

Pete: Predictable, but still entertaining.

Morgan: A little too sudden for my liking.

Gable: Very touching and sad. But the very very VERY end was happy but very abrupt.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Don’t give in to fear.

Morgan: To be fearless.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Star Wars or Muppet fans.

Brigette: People who can be open minded about their Star Wars and those who would like to see the origins of the Star Wars saga.

Morgan: Star Wars fans or fans of action/sci-fi movies.

Gable: People who love the feeling of adrenalin.

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty)

Two Moons Pale Ale from Phantom Canyon Brewing

Color palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

Star Wars 1 color palette

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Jar Jar Bink’s sub aquatic home.

star wars 1 architectural detail

When is war justified?

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