The Phantom Menace was a major disappointment to many Star Wars fans. Here are some changes that could’ve made the movie great.
The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie to come out post-Original Trilogy. The hype was through the roof. Fans were lined up for weeks outside of theaters wanting to see the origins of Darth Vader and how exactly this young boy from Tatooine became the galaxy’s most hated villain.
What they got was a special effects extravaganza with some overbearing, hard to understand CGI characters. Sure there were some highlights like the epic duel of the fates, the pod race, and just seeing Jedi do Jedi things. Overall, the movie was a major let down whose flaws even die-hard fans couldn’t deny.
What makes it even more frustrating was that this film could’ve been great with some minor tweaks here and there. It has all the makings of a classic, but the final version feels like a rough draft.
It would’ve been helpful if George Lucas had a co-writer or a director who could’ve challenged some of his ideas, or even got him to tone down a couple of things. So here are six changes to the Phantom Menace that could’ve made it one of the best Star Wars films in existence.