I got invited by one of my coworkers to attend the midnight showing of the new, old, 3D Star Wars movie Thursday evening and, the sci-fi junkie that I am, I agreed to go.

Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace was originally released in 1999 and features Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd and Ian McDiarmid and is the first part of the multiple episode saga that is Star Wars.

Of all of the episodes I have to admit that Episode 1 is not my favorite, but it was good fun to see the Star Wars characters of Yoda, a young Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the big screen again. In Real 3D. I love the way that George Lucas builds out the stories of the main characters over the years, but honestly, I'm still not a fan of 3D.

If you're not familiar with the Star Wars movies, Episode 1 tells the story of the young Anakin Skywalker as he's rescued from the life of a slave on a tiny, edge of the universe planet to begin his Jedi training. The film does have Darth Maul, his killer double bladed light saber and a great pod racing scene. But it also has Jar Jar Binks. "Meesa thinkin'" that he was introduced into the film to pull in some much younger fans as Episode 1 was released in 1999 and the original movie, Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope, was released in 1977. Twenty-two years later perhaps the original Star Wars fans had their own children and would like to share the world of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker with them.

If you've got kids and want to take them to a 3D film with laughs, action and something for most everyone in the family, go see Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.

All in all, I'm glad I went to see the film. The whole Star Wars series of films will always pull me in, but I believe I'd just as soon see them in their original 2D format.

Dave D.


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