The Phandom Menace

"Good"

The Phandom Menace Review


There are Star Trek fans, and there are Star Wars fans. And while Trekkies gives you sci-fi geeks in there truly extreme glory, The Phandom Menace gives us an inside look at Australian Star Wars fanatics on the eve of the release of Episode I.

The usual points are hit -- the outrageous values of collectable figures and chicken restaurant promotional items, the outrageous excitement of the fans before the show, and the outrageous willingness to forgive the film its faults after the fact ("I love Jar Jar Binks... I think he's a cool character.").

Some of this is amusing -- the guy in the Boba Fett costume who complains of getting his nuts caught in the codpiece, the fan club president who is virtually heckled offstage while reading a letter from Lucasfilm before the movie begins, the fan films with Star Wars figures or toddlers as Jawas (full disclosure: I made these films when I was a kid, too). But some of this isn't radically different than your local news -- with tons of reaction from the populace about whether they liked the movie or not. Needless to say, the "talking head" shots wear you down, namely because everyone is saying the same thing.

If The Phandom Menace had been made with a more cynical eye -- and to be honest, if it had been just plain meaner, like Trekkies -- it would have been much better. As it stands, there are moments of curiosity and moments of boredom... a lot like The Phantom Menace, come to think of it.

The DVD (the only place you'll find this movie) includes a few extras, including a commentary from the directors and, oddly, one from the cast, as well as a few extended interview sequences/outtakes.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 62 mins

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Craig E. Tonkin, Warwick Holt

Producer: Craig E. Tonkin, Warwick Holt

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.