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The Phantom Menace, 1999

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And the Rushed-Job Award Oscar goes to...The Phantom Menace!
 
Horrible writing, terrible acting, and atrocious characters (Gungans?  Jar Jar?  No thanks.) spell TPM.  There's almost nothing good about it.  True, this serves as setup for the next two films, but that doesn't mean it had to be a piece of trash that's been sitting for weeks that even the squirrels aren't interested in!  Come on!  TPM is only a slight notch above Return of the Jedi (1983), and only because we weren't subject to meeting ALL the Gungans (and because a lot of Gungans died.  That was fun.).  An overall disappointment, yes.  But will George Lucas admit he's done wrong?  Of course not!  In Entertainment Weekly's second May 2002 issue, he said that he would not remove Jar Jar because the fans disliked him.  Ahmed Best added that he had been promised a role in Episode III (The article is about Episode II).  What this boils down to, at least to me and many Star Wars fans, is that Lucas has made enough money now that he no longer needs to worry about whether his films are liked, because he's got money coming out the wazoo from licensing!

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