Monday, December 28, 2009

Phantom Menace Youtube Review

There has been a most unlikely viral video sensation in the last couple of weeks - a 7 part, 70 minute video review of Phantom Menace.  Today The Daily Dish unveiled the creator, a 31 year old Milwaukee filmmaker named Mike Stoklasa, in an interview.

Mike, as a crotchety narrator, picks Phantom Menace apart and reveals flaws both huge and minor, while interjecting strange bits like a hostage in his basement and other surprising digressions that keep you riveted.  Yes, riveted, for 70 full minutes. 

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the most disappointing thing since my son,” the narrator begins. “And while my son eventually hanged himself in the bathroom of a gas station, the unfortunate reality of the Star Wars prequels is that they'll be around forever.”
The first clip compares the strong characters of the first three films to the weak ones in Phantom Menace.  He dares 4 friends to describe Han Solo and C3PO without describing makeup, clothes or jobs.  Easy.  Han Solo is a rogue, a sexy bad boy, the thief with a heart of gold.  C3PO is the prissy comic relief, a bumbler.  Now try the same with Queen Amidala or Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn.  The best the friends can come up with, after laughing hilariously, is monotone and stoic!

In just a few weeks, this improbably long viral sensation has garnered 2 million views!  And the video has some high profile fans:  Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof posted the film on Twitter with the review: “Your life is about to change. This is astounding filmmaking. Watch ALL of it.”

I agree, you must watch all 7 parts!  (Just be aware that Mike drops the f-bomb often.)

I wonder if George Lucas has watched it yet?

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