Mom Under Cover gets her Jedi on.
Star Wars –The Phantom Menace in 3D–Grade C.
Disclaimer: I am not a Star Wars aficionado. My Star Wars education consists of viewing the original Star Wars in the ’70s and logging quite a few hours putting together lego Star Wars kits with my children. The lego Death Star (partially completed) occupies a prominent position in our game room–with various Star Wars lego people strewn around.
As for the movie, the 3D effects ranged from almost non-existent to average. There were a few scenes that did seem truly 3D. The first underwater adventure to the hidden city home of Jar Jar Binks was good. Generally, you can take off the glasses and not see much difference. The pod-racing scene went on too long, as did the light saber fight between Darth Maul and the young Obi Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-gon (Liam Neeson). I was confused as to whether Padme, the lady in waiting to Queen Amadala (so tempting to call her amygdala–which truly annoys my children) was the same person but some kind of hologram of the Queen–as I thought both characters were played by Natalie Portman. I learned that the Queen (who was really the decoy) was played by Keira Knightley–obscured by the funky makeup. I understood there was a switch going on and the Queen was a decoy but somehow it was still confusing. The triumphant parade scene near the end totally cracked me up as the Jar Jar people with big elephant ears (surely they have a name?) marched along like some kind of funky marching band. My advice–if you are forced to take your kiddos to this flick, be sure to see it at Studio Movie Grill where you can order a fairly decent skinny margarita–or two. Otherwise, pass.