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synopsis_NN
:_:
in_IN
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
the_DT
galaxy_NN
is_BEZ
divided_VBN
into_IN
power_NN
groups_NNS
whose_WP$
interests_NNS
will_VB
inevitably_RB
collide_VB
in_IN
later_RBR
sequels_NP
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
an_DT
overarching_NN
galactic_JJ
united_JJ
nations-type_NN
organization_NN
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the_DT
senate_NN
presided_VBN
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a_DT
weak_JJ
chancellor_NN
._.
within_IN
the_DT
senate_NN
two_CD
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are_BER
at_IN
odds_NNS
:_:
a_DT
bickering_NN
,_,
isolationist_NN
alliance_NN
called_VBN
the_DT
republic_NN
and_CC
their_PP$
aggressive_JJ
rival_NN
the_DT
trade_NN
federation_NN
._.
preserving_JJ
law_NN
and_CC
order_NN
are_BER
a_DT
council_NN
of_IN
jedi_NP
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who_WP
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meanwhile_RB
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for_IN
a_DT
prophesied_VBN
chosen_JJ
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of_IN
virgin_NN
birth_NN
._.
manipulating_VBG
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a_DT
dangerous_JJ
,_,
reemerging_VBG
clan_NN
called_VBN
the_DT
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lords_NNS
of_IN
sith_RB
,_,
so_RB
shadowy_JJ
and_CC
secretive_JJ
that_CS
they_PP
comprise_VB
a_DT
"_"
phantom_JJ
"_"
menace_NN
._.
jedi_NP
knight_NP
qui-gon_NP
jinn_???
(_(
liam_NP
neeson_NN
)_)
and_CC
his_PP$
apprentice_NN
obi-wan_NP
kenobi_NP
(_(
ewan_NP
mcgregor_NP
)_)
witness_NN
an_DT
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of_IN
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amidala_NP
's_POS
home_NN
planet_NN
naboo_NP
and_CC
befriend_NN
a_DT
gungan_NN
named_VBN
jar_NN
jar_NN
(_(
ahmed_NP
best_JJS
)_(
._.
on_IN
the_DT
desert_NN
planet_NN
of_IN
tatooine_JJ
the_DT
two_CD
jedi_NP
,_,
jar_NN
jar_NN
,_,
and_CC
amidala_NP
(_(
natalie_NP
portman_NP
)_)
attend_VB
a_DT
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race_NN
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the_DT
young_JJ
boy_NN
anakin_NN
skywalker_NN
(_(
jake_NP
lloyd_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
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try_VB
to_IN
solicit_NN
help_NN
for_IN
freeing_NN
naboo_NP
by_IN
visiting_VBG
the_DT
city_NN
planet_NN
of_IN
coruscant_JJ
where_CS
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
debate_NN
and_CC
political_JJ
maneuvering_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
._.
can_MD
they_PP
free_VB
amidala_NP
's_POS
helpless_JJ
planet_NN
?_?
opinion_NN
:_:
on_IN
tv_NN
last_OD
night_NN
i_PP
watched_VBD
young_JJ
,_,
wannabe_NP
celebs_???
pay_NN
$_???
400_CD
a_NP
ticket_NN
and_CC
come_VB
running_JJ
out_RP
of_IN
theaters_NNS
to_IN
bask_VB
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
news_NN
cameras_NNS
,_,
gushing_VBG
with_IN
testimonials_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
's_POS
greatness_NN
in_IN
exchange_NN
for_IN
a_DT
few_DT
seconds_NNS
of_IN
being_BEG
on_IN
national_JJ
television_NN
._.
given_VBN
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
media_NN
mania_NN
i_PP
wondered_VBD
if_CS
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
,_,
the_DT
most_DT
anticipated_JJ
movie_NN
of_IN
1999_CD
,_,
could_MD
possibly_RB
live_VB
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
extraordinary_JJ
hype_NN
that_CS
preceded_VBN
it_PP
._.
does_DOZ
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
match_NN
the_DT
exaggerated_JJ
hype_NN
?_?
director_NN
george_NP
lucas_NP
answers_NNS
,_,
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
only_RB
a_DT
movie_NN
._.
"_"
to_IN
me_PP
,_,
any_DT
movie_NN
with_IN
russian-sounding_VBG
accents_NNS
for_IN
bad_JJ
guys_NNS
,_,
jamaican_JJ
accents_NNS
for_IN
good_JJ
guys_NNS
,_,
and_CC
middle_JJ
eastern-sounding_NN
accents_NNS
for_IN
seedy_JJ
gamblers_NNS
accents_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
expected_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
more_DT
tongue_NN
in_IN
cheek_NN
than_CS
profound_JJ
._.
visually_RB
,_,
star_NN
wars_NNS
:_:
episode_NN
i_PP
--the_VB
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
(_(
1999_CD
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
kid_NN
show_VB
where_CS
parents_NNS
can_MD
take_VB
their_PP$
young_JJ
ones_NNS
to_IN
marvel_NN
at_IN
child-friendly_RB
cgi_???
characters_NNS
and_CC
wondrous_JJ
backdrops_NNS
even_RB
if_CS
the_DT
character_NN
dialogue_NN
(_(
mostly_RB
geopolitics_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
beyond_IN
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
children_NNS
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
left_JJ
to_TO
parents_NNS
to_TO
patiently_RB
explain_VB
the_DT
conversation_NN
:_:
droid_JJ
origins_NNS
,_,
family_NN
lineage_NN
,_,
the_DT
definitions_NNS
of_IN
terms_NNS
like_IN
blockade_NN
,_,
appeasement_NN
,_,
federation_NN
,_,
alliance_NN
,_,
symbiosis_NN
,_,
satellite-controlled_VBN
robots_NNS
et_NP
cetera_NP
._.
at_IN
least_DT
this_DT
much_RB
is_BEZ
clear_JJ
:_:
there_EX
's_BEZ
plenty_PN
of_IN
eye_NN
candy_NN
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
the_DT
last_OD
few_DT
minutes_NNS
it_PP
's_BEZ
good_JJ
guys_NNS
and_CC
joe_NP
camel_NN
lookalikes_NNS
versus_IN
a_DT
caped_JJ
,_,
horned_JJ
red_JJ
devil_NN
character_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
mechanical_JJ
hordes_NNS
._.
weaknesses_NNS
:_:
weaknesses_NNS
lie_VB
in_IN
the_DT
writing_NN
and_CC
in_IN
the_DT
performance_NN
._.
at_IN
first_OD
it_PP
seems_VBZ
like_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
be_BE
an_DT
invasion_NN
story_NN
,_,
but_CC
then_RB
phantom_JJ
takes_NNS
an_DT
hour-long_JJ
detour_NN
to_IN
cover_NN
one_CD
chariot_NN
race_NN
before_IN
returning_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
invasion_NN
theme_NN
._.
this_DT
dilutes_NNS
the_DT
central_JJ
story_NN
._.
additionally_RB
,_,
smaller_JJR
scenes_NNS
seem_VB
written_VBN
self_NN
consciously_RB
,_,
as_CS
if_CS
they_PP
were_BED
added_VBN
more_DT
to_IN
fill_NN
us_NP
in_IN
on_IN
extraneous_JJ
background_NN
information_NN
for_IN
other_JJ
movies_NNS
rather_RB
than_CS
form_NN
an_DT
integral_JJ
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
present_JJ
movie_NN
._.
veteran_NN
actors_NNS
liam_NP
neeson_NP
and_CC
ewan_NP
mcgregor_NP
noticeably_RB
outperform_VB
the_DT
other_JJ
acting_NN
leads_VBZ
._.
better_NN
ensemble_NN
chemistry_NN
between_IN
the_DT
five_CD
leads_NNS
and_CC
background_NN
information_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
central_JJ
to_TO
a_DT
tight_JJ
story_NN
line_NN
could_MD
have_HV
made_VBN
have_HV
given_JJ
phantom_JJ
stronger_JJR
performances_NNS
and_CC
storytelling_NN
punch_NN
._.
strengths_NNS
:_:
on_IN
the_DT
bright_JJ
side_NN
phantom_JJ
menace_NN
as_IN
a_DT
big-budget_NN
production_NN
is_BEZ
far_RB
ahead_RB
of_IN
the_DT
competition_NN
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
making_VBG
whimsical_JJ
creatures_NNS
,_,
worlds_NNS
and_CC
vehicles_NNS
appear_VB
real_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
boasts_VBZ
sophisticated_JJ
,_,
top-of-the-line_JJ
visuals_NNS
and_CC
quality_NN
exotic_JJ
costumes_NNS
,_,
a_DT
musical_JJ
score_NN
entertaining_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
stand_VB
alone_RB
,_,
and_CC
three_CD
worthwhile_JJ
sequences_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
second_NN
half_NN
._.
bottom_NN
line_NN
?_?
seeing_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
entertaining_JJ
and_CC
informative_JJ
,_,
like_IN
a_DT
visual_JJ
theme_NN
park_NN
with_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
filler_NN
information_NN
serving_VBG
as_IN
dialogue_NN
between_IN
impressive_JJ
money_NN
shots_NNS
._.
we_PP
are_BER
bound_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
completely_RB
inundated_VBN
by_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
publicity_NN
,_,
music_NN
and_CC
tie-ins_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
next_OD
few_DT
months_NNS
._.