FILM REVIEW: Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace in 3D

Star Wars Episode One The Phantom Menace in 3D arrives in London and Geek Syndicate was there for the premiere. How did the film work in 3D? Read on to find out.


When I heard about the Star Wars films coming out on 3D I was mildly interested but I also knew that if anyone would do it right it would be George Lucas. Geek Syndicate was invited to attend the launch event for The Phantom Menace in 3D at the Empire in Leicester Square in London. I wanted to answer 3 questions that night. 1 was how the film stood up today after not watching it for such a long time. 2 How is the 3D conversion of the film. 3 Would I pay to go see a Star Wars film in the cinema after having purchased all the versions already on video, DVD and Blu Ray?

Upon entering the cinema we were greeted by Stormtroopers and Darth Maul who was in true menacing form. You could also get yourself imbedded into a poster for the film alongside Anikin, Yoda and Darth Maul which of course we gladly participated in with a lot of grinning going on. Just check out our all the pics from the event below. Also there was a chance to meet R2D2 and C3PO in person and also their lego counterparts. A nice touch was also the Star Wars Kinect game in 3D which a lot of people had a go. It looked amazing and a real revelation for 3D gaming. Although this was not a new film it was treated as a premieier and various stars turned up including Kate Garraway and Lost Boys star Corey Feldman.

We entered the main screen and were give a pair of 3D glasses that looked like they belonged in Star Trek and had a security tag so they must be worth a lot more than the cheap black ones we normally get. In front of the main screen stood a number of Stormtroopers and Darth Maul and then to introduce the film was the man behind C3PO Mr Anthony Daniels. He spoke about the making of Star Wars and his involvement and about how great it is that the films are all coming out in 3D to not just the original generation or the generation from the prequels but to another generation now. I look around the cinema at that point and did indeed see quite a lot of your children looking excited about seeing their first Star Wars film on the big screen. Then fanfare started and the film began with the legendary scrolling words, this was it the saga was reborn in 3D.

As I mentioned my first question was how the film stood today as I watch it as a reviewer but also a fan. I can clearly see why people did not like it at first because at times it was rather silly but the so was Return of the Jedi to be fair. Jar Jar Binks does nearly ruin the films for adults and I would be happier if most of his scenes had been cut but then I remembered there was a young lad sitting next to us and I remember watching him and he was laughing and cheering whenever Jar Jar came on. Lucas might be a lot of things but he was smart about Jar Jar, he knew the kids would love him and they did all over again. The rest of the film had a good plot and at times I felt time was wasted like the pod race that now I have seen it again I would have cut it down to one long lap rather than 3 as it did not really push the story along but it still looked impressive. Overall the story is a great beginning to the saga and definitive part of the franchise.

My second questions was how good the 3D was. LucasFilm have spent a lot of money and time getting this right and they plan to release a film every year with Jedi coming out on 2017 which also happens to e the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. So back to the 3D, the first scene from the bridge of the Jedi’s trade ship just blew me away with the depth and effects. This was truly impressive and I was sold right there. The rest of the film, not so much. Do not get me wrong, it looked amazing and just stunning and at times the 3D really worked but there was a lot of the film that was not on 3D or rather did not seem to work in 3D. Another plus point is that some live action 3D films have a slight blur effect on them but with Star Wars there was no such thing. The film was the cleanest version I have ever seen on screen, it was just beautiful to watch. So for me the 3D work as much as it could but I was expecting more but maybe that is just me as I heard a lot of people saying the 3D was amazing.

My last question was would people pay to see a Star Wars film in the cinema again. OK so I will start with just me, the answer would have been NO but after last night I would have to say that I am looking forward to actually going to see them on the big screen again for the next 5 years now. Would other people go see it again? I would hope so if only to introduce it to a new generation and for the adults to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Overall a welcome return for the Star Wars films and a fairly decent job on the 3D.

GS Rating: 4/5

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GS Reporter: Montoya

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