Thursday, February 9, 2012

Is Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D Badass?

This is going to be a very short review.

For the last week, I've been getting more and more excited to see a Star Wars flick on the big screen again. For the last two days, I've been almost giddy at the thought. No matter what you may think of the prequels, and I do not consider myself a fan, there's just something about the idea of Star Wars in a theater that makes me feel like a kid again. Well, I just got home from a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, and it was everything I knew it would be.

The acting? Just as wooden as ever. The dialogue? Yep, still flat. Jar Jar Binks? Front and center being showcased whenever on-screen. The pod race? Pretty cool. And the duel with Darth Maul? Still absolutely awesome.

But you already knew all of that. What you want to know, what you need to know, is how's the 3D? I hate to say it, but you already know the answer. Episode 1 is a 2D film that was converted to 3D. As such, it looks the same as every 3D film that has ever been converted from a non-3D original. Think the 3D in Green Lantern, The Last Airbender, or Clash Of The Titans... that's what you're getting here. The 3D enhances absolutely nothing about Episode 1 unless you think adding a sense of space and distance behind characters as they walk down a hallway is an achievement.

Star Wars
as a franchise, and parts of Episode 1, are very Badass. It pains me to say, but Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D is not.