Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
I never understood the hate for Phantom Menace. I thought it was an awesome Star Wars film, complete with Jedi vs. Sith, a great race, awesome lightsaber battles and the perfect Jedi in Liam Neeson.
I also believe that it's John Williams finest Star Wars score, maybe his best score, ever.
Personally, Jar Jar never bothered me and I liked the story line quite a bit. With that said, AOTC is absolutely unwatchable for me and ROTS is only slightly better.
Without Jar-Jar, Phantom Menace would have been a fantastic film. It did a very good job setting up the underpinnings of the fall of the Jedi and the rise of the Empire. You just have to make it through all of the Jar Jar crap.
I totally agree with your comments about Williams score, Phantom is one of my favorites that he has done. It is a fantastic piece of musical work. And the podrace is pretty awesome too.