I'm venting here after reading negative reviews on the release of The Phantom Menace. If you don't like it then don't read it and go fuck yourself. People are stupid, no offense. I read the reviews and I facepalm. "Bad acting." "Jar-Jar is racist." "Bad dialogue." These criticisms are analogous to saying that the Superbowl wasn't a good game because the Patriots have ugly uniforms. Or "Opeth aren't good musicians because their music isn't catchy enough." (I don't even like Opeth BTW). I can't believe that it's been 7 years since the Saga was complete and people still don't get it. People have had 13 years to watch this movie and still almost no one gets it. I have read a grand total of one article on the Internet that demonstrated that someone actually understood Star Wars. Fucking mind-boggling. Star Wars is fucking brilliant. It's still 50 years ahead of its time. Your typical film is a two hour long candy and bubble gum Backstreet Boys pop love song; Star Wars is a six-movement symphony. Sure, some of the performance is not virtuoso. The acting and the dialogue is somewhat sterile. There is no Daniel Day Lewis in Star Wars. But all of that is secondary to what Star Wars is about. You don't need YoYo Ma on cello to hear a great symphony. Star Wars is a dynamic symphony of events. It is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Each time you watch it, you inevitably watch a different story unfold. For instance, maybe the third time you see Revenge of the Sith, you might think about why R4-P17's head got ripped off, and what it might be foreshadowing. And then the fourth time you watch you think about why R4-P17's head was different in the first place, and maybe it is foreshadowing something different than you had originally thought. And then you think to another movie entirely, and then AHA! Now I get it! But no: instead of being understood, recognized, or appreciated, The Phantom Menace -- and by association, the entire Star Wars Saga -- is "an exercise in disappointment," "oddly sterile," "pop-culture calamity, ... soulless, passionless," and so forth. It bothers me more than it should. But I feel bad for most of us. Our grandchildren will get it, but most of us do not. OK I'm done. I'm going to see the 3D release tomorrow in the theater and I'm going to love it. Have fun watching GI Joe 2.