A Few Thoughts On “Star Wars: Episode 1” in 3D

A Few Thoughts On “Star Wars: Episode 1” in 3D

I had a chance to take my family to see “Star Wars: Episode 1” in 3D this weekend.  Neither of my children had ever had the opportunity to see Episode 1 on the big screen – and it’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 13 years since I’ve seen it theaters. As I left the theater, I had few thoughts on the day.  I thought I would share them with you.

  • Lucasfilm and ILM did a very good job with the 3D conversion.  Given all of the CGI in Eps 1-3, it’s no surprise it looks good.  I’ll be anxious to see what the original trilogy looks like in 3D.


  • “Duel of the Fates” is one the best pieces of music John Williams has ever written.


  • The light saber battle between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon is the epitome of Jedi badass-ery.  The fluidity, grace, and aggression on display there is a thing of beauty.


  • Jar-Jar Binks remains a disgrace and a distraction.  He makes the Ewoks look Shakespearean.


  • More than half the theater was filled with kids.   For some reason, that makes me feel a little bit better about the future of America.


  • Any day spent watching Star Wars with my family is a good day.

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2 Replies to “A Few Thoughts On “Star Wars: Episode 1” in 3D”

  1. Great mini-review. I’m hoping to take my son to this tomorrow. He’s on the fence about Star Wars but I think seeing this one in 3-D on the big screen might finally sway him. I had blocked Jar Jar out of my mind until reading this!

  2. Episode I may be the weakest of the Star Wars movies, but measured against the broader range of films, it’s still pretty good. Yes, the story is dull and there are some really wooden performances (Jake Lloyd and Natalie Portman were horrible) along with some good ones (Liam Neeson, Ian MacDiarmid, and Ewan McGregor all did quite nicely). The inclusion of C-3P0 and R2-D2 was contrived and forced. But, as you point out, the big lightsaber duel was awesome and it is fun to see some of the prehistory.

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