He's not a kid anymore
Review of Star Wars I - The Phantom Menaceá(1999) movie, by Stefan Stenudd
It's all about politics and power-play. Not with light-sabers swung by valiant knights soaring through the cosmos, chasing each other, but with talking and intrigue. Boring. The parliament of a distant future looks just the same as they do today, with the same agenda, too. Trade treaties, manipulation, diplomacy, parliamentary hoc et poc.
There is some fighting, but this time just like any modern kungfu movie, lacking the refinement and originality (well, that was snatched from Kurosawa) of the previous trio. Actually, all of the ingredients lack originality, fantasy, bewilderment. It's just business, all of it. Must a man grow to such bleak priorities?
10 January 2003
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I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.