A movie that holds much distain for some good reasons, yet, Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace has one thing going for it: It offers the best story of all the films.
If we could all for a moment forget the wooden acting and Jar-Jar Binks, then we can peel back and find there is a strong story of double-sided Force deepening glory in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
Senator Palpatine leads the way for him to basically play two sides was a stroke of genius. He arranged a war in which he lea both sides, and he played one side to lose.
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Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn took us deeper into the realm of the Force. Jinn believed in living for the moment. He was also big into the feel of ‘do not think’ aspect of the Force. Something that Obi-Wan Kenobi would pass down to Luke Skywalker.
There is a lot to unpack. The Phantom Menace, has a deep story of a splintering political agenda. One that on the surface seems relatively harmless. Yet it would shape the drive and determination of the Empire.
It helped to sew the seeds of the Republic. For one man to call the shots for both sides while remaining in the background sort to say shows how diabolical Palpatine’s plan was. It shows that he only cared about personal gain which others would aid him in.
The Phantom Menace also lays the ground work of better together. For both sides. There would be no ground gained if each person was doing their own thing.
For a film that was panned by critics and fans alike, it has a lot to offer.