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Less Serious Characters
The Phantom Menace takes itself too seriously and the characters are all very wooden and not very interesting. Sure it is a more civilized age, but everyone in this film seems like they are on some sort of mind-numbing drug that takes away all their personality. The thing that made the Original Trilogy great was that it was a space opera that had people you’d see at the local bar or would hang out with in it. It didn’t have these stiffs that are hard to relate to. People could relate to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia because they were them. There are very few relatable characters in Episode I and that was a huge mistake by George Lucas.
Obviously, some of these characters have to be serious. Queen Amidala is a queen and needs to garner respect from her people. Jedi also need to be somewhat serious, but Qui Gon was too uptight as was Mace Windu. Obi-Wan was a little loose, but still far too serious overall. Watto is probably the closest thing in the film to a character who could be someone you could see on the street or at least know that is a similar type, but his role was brief.
Episode I had a very sterile feel to it with the sleek designs and human characters that lacked emotions. That was a huge mistake and just having some “normal” characters in the film could’ve made the film much more relatable as a whole.
What other changes would’ve helped make The Phantom Menace great?