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star_NN
wars_NNS
:_:
episode_NN
1999_CD
-_-
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
(_(
1999_CD
)_)
review_NN
by_IN
matt_NP
pusateri_NP
few_DT
movies_NNS
evoke_VB
nostalgia_NN
,_,
enthusiasm_NN
,_,
and_CC
affection_NN
like_IN
george_NP
lucas_NP
'_"
1977_CD
classic_JJ
,_,
star_NN
wars_NNS
._.
the_DT
original_JJ
blockbuster_NN
film_NN
and_CC
its_PP$
two_CD
sequels_NNS
not_XNOT
only_RB
evoked_VBN
wonder_NN
and_CC
passion_NN
in_IN
a_DT
generation_NN
of_IN
filmgoers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
has_HVZ
deeply_RB
entrenched_VBN
itself_PPX
in_IN
american_JJ
pop_NN
culture_NN
._.
arguably_RB
,_,
more_DT
americans_NNS
today_RB
can_MD
explain_VB
what_WDT
"_"
the_DT
force_NN
"_"
or_CC
a_DT
"_"
jedi_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
than_CS
a_DT
budget_NN
deficit_NN
or_CC
a_DT
serb_???
._.
so_RB
16_CD
years_NNS
after_IN
the_DT
release_NN
of_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
,_,
and_CC
16_CD
years_NNS
since_CS
the_DT
third_OD
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
return_NN
of_IN
the_DT
jedi_NP
,_,
how_WRB
can_MD
any_DT
new_JJ
star_NN
wars_NNS
film_NN
withstand_VB
the_DT
weight_NN
of_IN
incomparable_JJ
expectations_NNS
and_CC
anticipation_NN
?_?
can_MD
a_DT
new_JJ
storyline_JJ
and_CC
a_DT
new_JJ
cast_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
possibly_RB
compete_VB
with_IN
the_DT
legends_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
trilogy_NN
-_-
luke_NP
,_,
han_NP
solo_NN
,_,
and_CC
darth_NP
vader_NP
-all_???
cultural_JJ
icons_NNS
?_?
against_IN
this_DT
challenge_NN
,_,
the_DT
fourth_OD
star_NN
wars_NNS
film_NN
,_,
episode_NN
one_CD
:_:
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
hit_VBD
the_DT
screens_NNS
last_OD
week_NN
._.
and_CC
despite_IN
some_DT
early_JJ
critical_JJ
reviews_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
major_JJ
media_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
neither_RB
a_DT
flop_NN
nor_CC
a_DT
disappointment_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
is_BEZ
certainly_RB
not_XNOT
the_DT
finest_JJS
film_NN
in_IN
the_DT
series_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
nonetheless_RB
engaging_VBG
,_,
exciting_JJ
,_,
and_CC
visually_RB
breathtaking_JJ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
worthy_JJ
sequel_NN
-_-
er_NP
,_,
prequel_NP
-_-
to_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
star_NN
wars_NNS
films_NNS
._.
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
decades_NNS
before_IN
the_DT
setting_NN
of_IN
original_JJ
films_NNS
._.
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
,_,
obi-wan_NP
kenobi_NP
(_(
ewan_NP
mcgregor_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
wise_JJ
old_JJ
master_NN
who_WP
introduced_VBD
luke_NP
to_IN
the_DT
force_NN
in_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
only_RB
a_DT
young_JJ
jedi_NP
apprentice_NN
,_,
still_RB
learning_VBG
from_IN
his_PP$
fellow_NN
jedi_NP
and_CC
instructor_NN
,_,
qui-gon_NP
jinn_???
(_(
liam_NP
neeson_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
republic_NN
government_NN
has_HVZ
sent_VBN
the_DT
two_CD
jedi_NP
to_IN
settle_NP
a_DT
trade_NN
dispute_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
developed_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
blockade_NN
of_IN
the_DT
planet_NN
naboo_NN
by_IN
a_DT
shifty_JJ
trade_NN
federation_NN
._.
the_DT
jedi_NP
quickly_RB
find_VB
themselves_PPX
not_XNOT
in_IN
negotiations_NNS
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
a_DT
planetary_JJ
invasion_NN
,_,
rushing_VBG
to_IN
protect_VB
naboo_NP
's_POS
young_JJ
queen_NN
amidala_NP
(_(
natalie_NP
portman_NP
)_)
._.
later_RBR
,_,
after_IN
eventually_RB
rescuing_VBG
amidala_NP
and_CC
helping_VBG
her_PP$
escape_NN
naboo_NP
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
forced_VBN
to_IN
stop_NN
at_IN
tatooine_JJ
to_IN
repair_NN
their_PP$
battle-damaged_JJ
ship_NN
before_IN
bringing_VBG
her_PP$
to_TO
the_DT
galactic_JJ
senate_NN
to_IN
make_VB
an_DT
appeal_NN
for_IN
justice_NN
._.
on_IN
tatooine_JJ
,_,
qui-gon_NN
discovers_VBZ
a_DT
young_JJ
slave_NN
boy_NN
,_,
anakin_NP
skywalker_NN
(_(
jake_NP
lloyd_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
not_XNOT
only_RB
can_MD
help_VB
them_PP
get_VB
the_DT
parts_NNS
they_PP
need_VB
,_,
but_CC
displays_NNS
uncanny_JJ
intelligence_NN
,_,
insight_NN
,_,
and_CC
instincts_NNS
._.
qui-gon_NP
senses_NNS
the_DT
child_NN
is_BEZ
"_"
unusually_RB
strong_JJ
"_"
with_IN
the_DT
force_NN
and_CC
begins_VBZ
to_TO
suspect_VB
that_DT
he_PP
may_MD
be_BE
"_"
the_DT
one_CD
"_"
prophesized_JJ
to_IN
"_"
bring_VB
balance_NN
to_IN
the_DT
force_NN
._.
"_"
as_CS
anyone_PN
who_WP
has_HVZ
watched_VBN
the_DT
original_JJ
star_NN
wars_NNS
trilogy_NN
knows_VBZ
,_,
far_RB
from_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
galactic_JJ
savior_JJ
,_,
the_DT
innocent-looking_NN
9-year-old_NN
will_MD
in_IN
time_NN
become_VB
the_DT
ruthless_JJ
darth_NP
vader_NP
._.
complicating_JJ
matters_NNS
further_RBR
is_BEZ
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
hooded_JJ
figure_NN
,_,
darth_NP
sidious_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
behind_IN
the_DT
trade_NN
blockade_NN
and_CC
invasion_NN
of_IN
naboo_NP
,_,
and_CC
sends_VBZ
out_RP
a_DT
lethal_JJ
apprentice_NN
,_,
darth_NP
maul_???
,_,
to_IN
find_NN
and_CC
capture_VB
queen_NN
amidala_NP
._.
while_CS
amidala_NP
and_CC
the_DT
jedi_NP
fight_NN
to_IN
save_VB
her_PP$
planet_NN
,_,
they_PP
soon_RB
also_RB
have_HV
to_TO
deal_VB
with_IN
the_DT
deadly_JJ
and_CC
relentless_JJ
darth_NP
maul_???
._.
if_CS
the_DT
plot_NN
sounds_NNS
a_DT
bit_NN
complicated_JJ
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
._.
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
not_XNOT
only_RB
introduces_VBZ
an_DT
earlier_RBR
generation_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
and_CC
an_DT
immediate_JJ
crisis_NN
,_,
but_CC
sets_NNS
up_IN
the_DT
foundation_NN
for_IN
the_DT
events_NNS
that_CS
will_MD
eventually_RB
lead_VB
to_IN
the_DT
fall_NN
of_IN
the_DT
republic_NN
,_,
the_DT
demise_NN
of_IN
the_DT
jedi_NP
knights_NNS
,_,
anakin_NP
's_POS
turn_NN
to_IN
evil_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
rise_NN
of_IN
the_DT
dark_JJ
empire_NN
of_IN
original_JJ
trilogy_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
complexity_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
overwhelming_JJ
._.
the_DT
story_NN
moves_VBZ
quickly_RB
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
only_JJ
drawback_NN
being_BEG
that_DT
many_DT
questions_NNS
,_,
predictably_RB
,_,
remain_VB
unanswered_JJ
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
setting_VBG
the_DT
stage_NN
for_IN
the_DT
next_OD
episode_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
reasons_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
story_NN
seems_VBZ
hazy_JJ
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
that_DT
it_NN
is_BEZ
too_RB
confusing_JJ
,_,
but_CC
too_RB
unfocused_VBN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
unclear_JJ
whose_WP$
story_NN
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
is_BEZ
._.
in_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
trilogy_NN
,_,
the_DT
movies_NNS
were_BED
clearly_RB
luke_NP
's_POS
story_NN
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
stories_NNS
centering_VBG
around_IN
his_PP$
growth_NN
from_IN
farmboy_NN
to_IN
rebel_NN
hero_NN
to_IN
jedi_NP
knight_NP
._.
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
unclear_JJ
whether_CS
this_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
is_BEZ
anakin_NP
's_POS
story_NN
or_CC
obi-wan_NP
's_POS
._.
if_NN
this_DT
trilogy_NN
is_BEZ
centered_VBN
on_IN
anakin_NP
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
shaky_JJ
foundation_NN
._.
lloyd_NP
,_,
like_IN
many_DT
child_NN
actors_NNS
,_,
lacks_VBZ
the_DT
subtle_JJ
acting_NN
skills_NNS
of_IN
adult_NN
performers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
his_PP$
character_NN
seems_VBZ
shallow_JJ
and_CC
unimpressive_JJ
._.
on_IN
screen_NN
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
nothing_PN
that_CS
suggests_VBZ
a_DT
dark_JJ
side_NN
lurking_JJ
underneath_IN
his_PP$
little-boy_NN
face_NN
,_,
or_CC
for_IN
that_DT
matter_NN
,_,
any_DT
presence_NN
that_CS
would_MD
make_VB
him_PP
seem_VB
so_RB
special_JJ
that_CS
qui-gon_NP
is_BEZ
willing_JJ
to_TO
believe_VB
he_PP
is_BEZ
"_"
the_DT
one_CD
._.
"_"
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
does_DOZ
fine_JJ
,_,
though_CS
they_PP
often_RB
work_VB
with_IN
some_DT
iffy_???
dialogue_NN
by_IN
lucas_NP
._.
neeson_NN
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
as_CS
an_DT
aging_JJ
jedi_NP
knight_NP
._.
mcgregor_NP
is_BEZ
well-cast_NN
as_IN
obi-wan_NP
and_CC
conveys_VBZ
a_DT
balance_NN
of_IN
youthful_JJ
energy_NN
and_CC
calm_NN
sensibility_NN
._.
portman_NP
fits_VBZ
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
queen_NN
well_RB
,_,
but_CC
her_PP$
lines_NNS
were_BED
often_RB
very_RB
formal_JJ
,_,
giving_VBG
her_PP$
little_JJ
room_NN
to_IN
give_VB
her_PP$
character_NN
much_RB
personality_NN
._.
the_DT
biggest_JJS
problem_NN
with_IN
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
plot_NN
or_CC
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
interaction_NN
between_IN
them_PP
._.
individually_RB
,_,
the_DT
characters_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
are_BER
no_DT
less_DT
developed_JJ
than_CS
those_DT
in_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
storyline_JJ
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
more_DT
confusing_JJ
than_CS
previous_JJ
films_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
series_NN
._.
but_CC
unlike_IN
the_DT
previous_JJ
trilogy_NN
,_,
lucas_NP
doesn't_DOZ
do_DO
as_CS
good_JJ
of_IN
a_DT
job_NN
playing_VBG
the_DT
characters_NNS
off_IN
one_CD
another_DT
._.
in_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
there_EX
were_BED
immediate_JJ
contrasts_NNS
and_CC
memorable_JJ
exchanges_NNS
between_IN
luke_NP
and_CC
han_NP
,_,
han_NP
and_CC
obi-wan_NP
,_,
and_CC
leia_???
and_CC
luke_NP
._.
the_DT
ensemble_NN
played_VBD
off_RP
each_DT
other_JJ
and_CC
immediately_RB
showed_VBD
their_PP$
distinct_JJ
attitudes_NNS
and_CC
personalities_NNS
._.
in_IN
the_DT
sequence_NN
in_IN
where_WRB
luke_NP
,_,
han_NP
,_,
and_CC
chewbacca_NP
attempt_NN
to_IN
rescue_NN
leia_???
from_IN
her_PP$
cell_NN
on_IN
the_DT
death_NN
star_NN
,_,
the_DT
audience_NN
learns_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
about_IN
all_PDT
four_CD
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
ways_NNS
they_PP
react_VB
to_TO
the_DT
immediate_JJ
problems_NNS
and_CC
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
comparable_JJ
sequence_NN
in_IN
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
to_IN
flesh_NN
out_RP
the_DT
characters_NNS
and_CC
their_PP$
relationships_NNS
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
individually_RB
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
interesting_JJ
characters_NNS
with_IN
clear_JJ
motivations_NNS
and_CC
interests_NNS
,_,
but_CC
lucas_NP
develops_VBZ
little_JJ
chemistry_NN
or_CC
tension_NN
between_IN
the_DT
them_PP
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
glaring_JJ
weakness_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
reason_NN
it_PP
has_HVZ
disappointed_JJ
many_DT
reviewers_NNS
._.
but_CC
despite_IN
the_DT
need_NN
for_IN
a_DT
richer_JJR
dialogue_NN
and_CC
stronger_JJR
character_NN
interaction_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
still_RB
very_RB
engaging_VBG
._.
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
wonderful_JJ
elements_NNS
of_IN
lucas_NP
'_"
previous_JJ
films_NNS
make_VB
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
both_RB
memorable_JJ
and_CC
entertaining_JJ
._.
first_OD
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
remarkably_RB
rich_JJ
and_CC
imaginative_JJ
universe_NN
lucas_NP
creates_VBZ
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
visit_VB
magical_JJ
underwater_JJ
cities_NNS
,_,
evade_VB
dinosaur-sized_JJ
sea_NN
monsters_NNS
,_,
fight_NN
battle_NN
droids_NNS
and_CC
menacing_JJ
"_"
destroyers_NNS
"_"
on_IN
venetian-looking_VBG
planet_NN
of_IN
naboo_NP
,_,
watch_NN
a_DT
spectacular_JJ
event_NN
,_,
part_NN
roman-chariot_NP
race_NN
,_,
part_NN
nascar_NP
circuit_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
arid_JJ
desert_NN
planet_NN
of_IN
tatooine_JJ
,_,
then_RB
head_NN
to_IN
corsucant_JJ
,_,
the_DT
gothic_JJ
urban_JJ
capital_NN
of_IN
the_DT
republic_NN
and_CC
home_NN
to_IN
the_DT
galactic_JJ
senate_NN
and_CC
the_DT
jedi_NP
council_NN
._.
each_DT
location_NN
is_BEZ
elaborate_JJ
and_CC
complex_JJ
._.
lucas_NP
never_RB
settles_VBZ
for_IN
vague_JJ
ideas_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
look_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
settings_NNS
,_,
he_PP
creates_VBZ
rich_JJ
,_,
spectacular_JJ
landscapes_NNS
,_,
palaces_NNS
,_,
and_CC
skylines_NNS
._.
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
special_JJ
effects_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
re-released_JJ
special_JJ
edition_NN
trilogy_NN
in_IN
1997_CD
were_BED
changes_NNS
that_CS
allowed_VBN
him_PP
to_IN
give_VB
the_DT
earlier_RBR
movies_NNS
the_DT
look_NN
and_CC
feel_VB
that_DT
just_RB
weren't_BED
possible_JJ
when_CS
the_DT
films_NNS
were_BED
made_VBN
._.
more_DT
than_CS
ever_RB
,_,
in_IN
this_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
,_,
lucas_NP
'_"
universe_NN
is_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
menagerie_NP
of_IN
creatures_NNS
,_,
robots_NNS
with_IN
personalities_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
of_IN
aliens_NNS
who_WP
interact_VB
with_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
such_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
watto_NN
,_,
a_DT
greedy_JJ
tatooine_JJ
junk_???
dealer_NN
who_NP
owns_VBZ
anakin_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
mother_NN
as_IN
slaves_NNS
._.
watto_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
scratchy_NN
italian_JJ
voice_NN
and_CC
a_DT
short_JJ
,_,
paunchy_JJ
body_NN
with_IN
oddly_RB
mismatched_VBN
wings_NNS
that_CS
flutter_NN
like_IN
a_DT
hummingbird_NP
as_IN
he_PP
floats_NNS
around_IN
the_DT
room_NN
._.
of_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
computer-generated_JJ
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
watto_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
done_DON
and_CC
most_DT
enjoyable_JJ
._.
speaking_VBG
of_IN
computer-generated_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
no_DT
review_NN
of_IN
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
is_BEZ
complete_JJ
without_IN
mentioning_VBG
the_DT
most_DT
controversial_JJ
figure_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
:_:
jar_NN
jar_NN
binks_NP
._.
with_IN
more_DT
than_CS
80_CD
minutes_NNS
of_IN
screen_NN
time_NN
,_,
jar_NN
jar_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
realization_NN
of_IN
george_NP
lucas_NP
'_"
dream_NN
to_IN
include_VB
a_NP
fully_RB
computer-generated_JJ
character_NN
into_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
of_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
trilogy_NN
._.
jar_NN
jar_NN
,_,
a_DT
clumsy_JJ
amphibian_JJ
and_CC
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
gungan_NN
race_NN
,_,
literally_RB
stumbles_VBZ
his_PP$
way_NN
into_IN
the_DT
path_NN
of_IN
the_DT
jedi_NP
knights_NNS
early_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
and_CC
becomes_VBZ
qui_???
jon_NP
's_MD
accidental_JJ
sidekick_NP
._.
jar_NN
jar_NN
usually_RB
performs_VBZ
a_DT
comic-relief_NN
role_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
lightening_VBG
scenes_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
mishaps_RB
and_CC
inability_NN
to_IN
stay_NN
out_RP
of_IN
trouble_NN
._.
the_DT
animation_NN
of_IN
jar_NN
jar_NN
is_BEZ
nearly_RB
seamless_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
interacts_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
if_CS
he_PP
were_BED
really_RB
on_IN
the_DT
set_NN
with_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
._.
however_RB
,_,
despite_IN
the_DT
technological_JJ
magic_NN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
his_PP$
character_NN
possible_JJ
,_,
jar_NN
jar_NN
isn't_BEZ
completely_RB
convincing_JJ
._.
he_PP
still_RB
moves_VBZ
and_CC
sounds_VBZ
too_RB
much_DT
like_IN
a_DT
cartoon_NN
to_IN
blend_NN
into_IN
a_DT
scene_NN
._.
throughout_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
jar_NN
jar_NN
never_RB
transcends_VBZ
a_DT
"_"
roger_NP
rabbit_NN
"_"
-like_NN
presence_NN
._.
you_PP
accept_VB
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
there_RB
,_,
but_CC
you_PP
never_RB
lose_VB
sight_NN
of_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
animated_JJ
character_NN
._.
initially_RB
,_,
i_PP
found_VBD
jar_NN
jar_NN
annoying_VBG
,_,
but_CC
grew_VBD
to_TO
enjoy_VB
the_DT
humor_NN
he_PP
added_VBD
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
on_IN
my_PP$
second_NN
viewing_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
jar_NN
jar_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
fun_NN
and_CC
i_PP
didn't_DOD
mind_VB
him_PP
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
a_DT
second_NN
reason_NN
this_DT
film_NN
continues_VBZ
the_DT
fine_JJ
tradition_NN
of_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
movies_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
replete_JJ
with_IN
humor_NN
and_CC
small_JJ
details_NNS
that_CS
flesh_NN
out_RP
the_DT
world_NN
lucas_NP
creates_VBZ
._.
despite_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
struggles_NNS
between_IN
good_JJ
and_CC
evil_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
sober_JJ
musings_NNS
about_IN
one_CD
's_POS
destiny_NN
and_CC
"_"
the_DT
force_NN
,_,
"_"
like_IN
all_PDT
star_NN
wars_NNS
films_NNS
,_,
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
never_RB
takes_VBZ
itself_PPX
too_RB
seriously_RB
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
lucas_NP
hasn't_HVZ
lost_VBN
sight_NN
of_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
his_PP$
films_NNS
are_BER
entertainment_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
high_JJ
art_NN
._.
from_IN
the_DT
bumbling_VBG
jar_NN
jar_NN
,_,
to_IN
a_DT
one-man_NN
,_,
two-headed_VBN
announcer_NN
team_NN
calling_VBG
the_DT
action_NN
at_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
thrilling_JJ
pod-race_NN
sequence_NN
,_,
to_IN
a_DT
cameo_???
appearance_NN
by_IN
e_NN
._.
t_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
is_BEZ
simply_RB
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
fun_NN
,_,
with_IN
lots_PN
of_IN
half-hidden_NN
jokes_NNS
and_CC
humor_NN
that_CS
can_MD
easily_RB
be_BE
missed_VBN
._.
and_CC
finally_RB
,_,
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
works_NN
because_CS
,_,
as_CS
in_IN
all_PDT
his_PP$
films_NNS
,_,
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
shortage_NN
of_IN
speed_NN
and_CC
action_NN
._.
from_IN
beginning_NN
to_IN
end_NN
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
light-saber_NN
battles_NNS
,_,
hair-raising_JJ
chases_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
thrilling_JJ
duels_VBZ
between_IN
good_JJ
and_CC
evil_JJ
._.
the_DT
pod-race_NN
sequence_NN
on_IN
tatooine_JJ
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
entertaining_JJ
and_CC
exciting_JJ
scenes_NNS
in_IN
any_DT
star_NN
wars_NNS
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
final_JJ
showdown_NN
between_IN
obi-wan_NP
,_,
qui-gon_NP
,_,
and_CC
darth_NP
maul_???
is_BEZ
arguably_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
choreographed_VBN
,_,
most_DT
thrilling_JJ
fight_NN
sequence_NN
lucas_NP
has_HVZ
filmed_VBN
._.
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
won't_MD
win_VB
any_DT
major_JJ
oscars_NNS
._.
it_PP
probably_RB
won't_MD
beat_VB
titanic_NP
's_POS
box_NN
office_NN
record_NN
._.
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
even_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
star_NN
wars_NNS
film_NN
(_(
i'd_???
put_NN
it_PP
third_OD
,_,
after_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
empire_NN
strikes_NNS
back_NN
)_)
._.
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
exciting_JJ
and_CC
entertaining_JJ
film_NN
,_,
far_RB
better_RBR
than_CS
your_PP$
typical_JJ
summer_NN
blockbuster_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
can't_MD
live_VB
up_RP
to_IN
it_PP
's_BEZ
hype_NN
-_-
no_DT
film_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
even_RB
the_DT
original_JJ
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
could_MD
have_HV
done_DON
that_DT
._.
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
still_RB
worth_IN
seeing_VBG
._.
._.
._.
probably_RB
more_DT
than_CS
once_RB
._.