A lot can happen in 20 years. Those of us of a certain age look back on the 90s with a hazy sense of nostalgia. So it’s almost reassuring to remember that something as simple as a space movie could still split a fanbase clean in two, just like today.
In contrast to the other prequels, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was written by George Lucas over the period of a few years, carefully crafting the script alongside the art department. As the pre-production crew grew, an entire world teeming with life and distinct cultures grew to populate the movie.
Still, after the audience sobered up after opening weekend, people started to murmur… ‘Is it any good?‘.
Like we said, a lot can happen in 20 years. The prequel generation is now grown up and the franchise isn’t even owned by its creator any more.
Luke, James and Fletcher get together to ask how the film holds up after 20 years, where it sits within Lucas’ career, and ‘Is it any good?‘.