The Epic 70-Minute Review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

People have been knocking the Star Wars prequels since they first came out, and I don't blame them.  They have a lot of flaws.  As a huge Star Wars fan, I've been hoping that George Lucas finally moves on to new adventures or continues the saga with Episodes 7, 8, and 9 instead of being locked into the prequel universe.  But I don't see that happening anytime soon.  The Internet has been buzzing with reaction to a terrific 7-part video review of The Phantom Menace by RedLetterMedia.  Blogs and Web sites like SlashFilm, Gizmodo, CinemaBlend, and many others have been linking to it and justifiably calling it "epic."  It is 70 minutes long, broken down into 7 ten-minute parts, all available on YouTube.

Why is it so popular?  First of all, it's well produced and hilarious.  The reviewer is a psychotic character who can't pronounce words like "protaganist."  But beyond the humor, the epic review makes some very valid and spot-on points about Episode One's lack of strong characters and plot.  The reviewer points out almost every single storytelling weakness, while comparing it to the strengths of the original Star Wars trilogy (especially the first two: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.)

If you haven't seen it yet yourselves, check it out.  You might have difficulty running the final part of the epic review, since that was the most recent video that was posted in the series and it's getting a lot of hits, but keep trying.  It's definitely worth it.  (It contains adult language and some serial killer plotpoints, but it's done in a very comedic tone.  If, however, that turns you off, you've been warned.)