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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • 2 stars
  • 1999
  • US
  • 139 min
  • U
  • Directed by: George Lucas
  • Written by: George Lucas
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz
  • UK release: 16 July 1999

On the surface, the plot structure of this limp prequel isn't a million light years away from the original Star Wars. At times you'd think there was more animation than live action on screen – and maybe it's this toning down of the human element that left the film lacking soul.

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