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May the force attack in 3D

Taylor Reeves, A&E Editor

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Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999) is the first of the Star Wars trilogy of stories to trace what happened in the intergalactic saga before the first film began. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the admission of Qui-Gon Jinn. Anakin Skywalker, who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter, but when they arrive on Naboo they are brought to Queen Amidala, the Naboo queen, by a Gungan named Jar Jar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan plan to escort Amidala to a meeting of Republic leaders in Coruscant, but trouble with their spacecraft strands them on the planet Tatooine, where Qui-Gon meets Anakin, the slave of a scrap dealer. Qui-Gon is soon convinced that the boy could be the leader the Jedis have been searching for, and he begins bargaining for his freedom and teaching the boy the lessons of the Force.


Stars Wars was re-released in 3D this January, which was over a decade after it was originally released. Star Wars in 3D was the first Star Wars movie to break 1 billion in the box office. Critics argue that the 3D does not add much to the movie, it only enhances few parts. I agree with the critics, the movie didn’t pop out like most 3D movies. The only scenes that were really enhanced where the fighting scenes, which if you’ve seen the movie you’d know out of all the Star Wars movies, Episode I only features a couple of fighting scenes, and even those are not enchanted as well as I thought they should be. The light sabers in the 3D version were more eye popping than in the regular, but the characters still seemed to be perceived as dull and flat. For most of the 3D version I anticipating to feel a part of the movie, but for most of the movie I was left feeling disappoint instead. Even the parts that should have been nail bitters really did not make me feel like a light saber was coming towards me.


Why are movies being released or re-released in 3D? Some would say that it makes the viewer feel like a passenger in a high speed car chase or flying through the air like Superman, but others do not see the point of making a movie in 3D. Whatever the opinion may be, 3D movies gross more money than regular movies. 3D movies enhance the viewing and make watching a movie more entertaining. 3D movies are intense and keep you on the edge of your seat, falling asleep during a boring part of a movie is always avoided when watching a 3D movie. The only downside to 3D movies are that the tickets cost a few more dollars than a regular movie ticket, and sometimes the 3D glasses are uncomfortable to wear. But most viewers enjoy 3D movies more due to the fact that you always feel like you’re right there in the middle of all the nail biting action.


I would not recommend spending eight dollars to see  Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace in 3D. I feel like unless you have never seen the movie that it is a waste of money to go and see it in 3D when the 3D does not enhance the movie enough. Go see it at your own risk, but just know you were warned.


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