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The Phantom Menace Review (2009)

A serial killer decides to dissect the critically panned Star Wars prequels to determine their TRUE flaws.

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Mike Stoklasa

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Mike Stoklasa
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mike Stoklasa ... Plinkett
Jocelyn Ridgely Jocelyn Ridgely ... Nadine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pernilla August ... Shmi Skywalker (archive footage)
Jay Bauman Jay Bauman ... Himself
Gillian Bellinger Gillian Bellinger ... Herself
Ahmed Best ... Jar Jar Binks (archive footage)
Rich Evans ... Himself
George Lucas ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick McCallum ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Packard Jack Packard ... Himself
Hugh Quarshie ... Captain Panaka (archive footage)
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A serial killer decides to dissect the critically panned Star Wars prequels to determine their TRUE flaws.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Upon its online premiere in December 2009, the review was widely linked to by many people across the internet, including celebrities such as actor/writer Simon Pegg and writer/producer Damon Lindelof; the latter of whom wrote in a Twitter message about the Plinkett review, noting "Your life is about to change. This is astounding film making." See more »

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Plinkett: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the most disappointing thing since my son. I mean, how much more could you possibly fuck up the entire backstory to Star Wars? And while my son eventually hanged himself in the bathroom of the gas station, the unfortunate reality of the Star Wars prequels is that they'll be around. Forever. They will never go away. It can never be undone.
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Star Wars Theme
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Written by John Williams
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Probably the most legendary film review on the internet.

Mr. Plinkett is a film-fluent yet socially-ignorant critic whose obsession with cinema is totally contrasted by his take on reality and his hilariously out-of-touch perspective on society and respect; it's made funnier when we see how his knowledge on stories and beats gives him certain wisdom that he willingly ignores in life. He picks this infamous film apart: right to the bone, everything ranging from the story to the characters and development over the movie's run-time are analyzed and dissected to the nth degree.

I love this review: it holds a single film up for judgement against modern cinema itself and clearly shows how The Phantom Menace simply doesn't hold up to its cinematic predecessors, Star Wars or otherwise. While I enjoyed the movie when it came out, even I can admit and willingly point out things wrong with the movie. That's the fun of criticism; you can still be critical regardless of whether the targeted work is good or not and still say something meaningful in the end. This review is one of the most entertaining, sincere and outright hilarious things I've ever seen. It's a masterpiece not just of internet culture and fandom itself, but also film criticism and how self-awareness, and awareness of other's mistakes, leads to learning stuff you never knew you wanted to know at all: in this case, how a fictional serial killer knows more about story structure than late-90s Lucas did when he made the prequels.

I LOVE this review and the series which follows is equally brilliant. It's fantastic filmmaking, criticism and a thorough analysis of cinema that even Roger Ebert (a man who rated The Phantom Menace 3.5/4 stars) praised for its open-ended dissection of 'The Hero's Journey'.


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