It would be an understatement to say that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace—which hit theaters ten years ago—was a colossal letdown. Heck, when I went to a Star Wars panel at New York Comic Con earlier this year, the mere mention of that movie elicited boos from an auditorium full of diehard Star Wars geeks. It’s still a sore subject.
In keeping with those ill feelings, Red Letter Media has posted a 70-minute critique of the film that’s as bafflingly genius as it is laugh-out-loud funny. It also gets kind of creepy, but I won’t spoil that for you.
“Where do I possibly start?” the reviewer, “Mr. Plinkett,” asks. “Nothing in The Phantom Menace makes any sense at all. It comes off like a script written by an eight-year-old.”
What makes this seven-part video review so great isn’t that it bashes the Star Wars prequel (who hasn’t by now?), but that it humorously dissects the movie on a film school level. The problems extend far beyond Jar Jar Binks and some wooden acting.
Watch the first part of the video below, and head over to Red Letter Media’s YouTube page (RedLetterMedia) to watch the entire series.