Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Director: George Lucas
Screenwriter: George Lucas
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jack Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Pernilla August, Oliver Ford Davies/ Ahmed Best/ Anthony Daniels/ Kenny Baker/ Frank Oz/ Terrence Stamp/ Brian Blessed/ Andrew Scomby/ Hugh Kwahi
Genre: Science Fiction / Action / Adventure
Region: United States
Released: 1999-11-05 (Mainland China) / 1999-05-19 (USA) / 2012-02-10 (USA)
Series:  Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Length: 136 minutes
Also known as: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Hong Kong) / Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Taiwan) / Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Rating: IMDB 6.5 / Rotten Tomatoes 51%
As the first in the Star Wars prequel series, this movie gave birth to an important character: Anakin (Jake Lloyd. Played). A dispute of interest arose at the Galactic Congress meeting, and Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman Natalie Portman) of Naboo was kidnapped by the trade union and threatened to sign a new trade agreement. The Jedi Knight Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) were ordered to resolve the dispute and maintain peace. Their spaceship encountered Anakin during an unexpected landing on Tatooine and took him away.
With the help of Anakin and others, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fought a duel with the robot army and Sith warriors of the Trade Union…
“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” is a 1999 science fiction film directed by George Lucas and is the first installment in the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. The film is set 32 years before the original Star Wars film and follows the story of a young Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd), who later becomes the infamous Darth Vader.
The plot centers around the trade blockade of the planet Naboo and the efforts of Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn (played by Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) to negotiate a peaceful resolution. Along the way, they meet Anakin, a young slave on the desert planet of Tatooine, and embark on a dangerous mission to protect Queen Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) and save the galaxy from the evil Trade Federation.
The film features groundbreaking special effects and introduced new characters and concepts to the Star Wars universe, including the Jedi Council, midi-chlorians, and pod racing. However, the film was met with mixed reviews, with some criticizing the script, pacing, and acting, particularly that of Jake Lloyd’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker.
Despite these criticisms, “The Phantom Menace” was a box office success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. It also paved the way for two more prequel films, “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” which further explored the backstory of the original Star Wars trilogy.