February 12, 2012

13 Years After The Phantom Menace

To mark its re-release in 3D, Moviefone asked 13 writers, reporters and critics to reflect back on their experience watching The Phantom Menace for the first time:

We drove home in silence. The first thing I can remember saying was “Well … it looked cool.” The droid army was absolutely intimidating. Yoda didn’t look like a pile of spoiled lunchmeat. And it certainly wasn’t weird that Samuel L. Jackson was on the Jedi council … at all. I had developed Stockholm Syndrome — I’d become a full-fledged Lucas apologist. “No, that was just bad. Really bad.” Kate paused, “And you’re not allowed to pick out any movies anymore.”

Some wounds take longer to heal.

comments

  1. Joel Bernstein on February 13th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    For the record, if you pay to see this, you are no longer my friend.

  2. Michael Smith on February 13th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Joel’s Dream Date: Phantom Menace; Cat urine cologne; Deron.

  3. Deron Bauman on February 13th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’ll pick him up at eight. He may not like the way I smell.

  4. Joel Bernstein on February 13th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The first of many things, no doubt.

  5. Deron Bauman on February 13th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    It’s a start.