In 1999 the excitement to see the newest Star Wars movie was so crazy people were camping outside theaters just to be the first in line.

In 1999 the excitement to see the newest Star Wars movie was so crazy people were camping outside theaters just to be the first in line. Imagine how crushed those fans were to watch the Phantom Menace. These were the most hardcore fans that rewatched the OT hundreds of times for the past decade. They thought they'd finally be rewarded with something even better, a magical experience that would surpass the previous movies.

And instead they got...midichlorians and Jar Jar.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I didn't need to imagine. I was there. It was like seeing your religion being proven false.
    t. 45 year old

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      40 year old chiming in. Yeah, I was 17 when it came out and when I saw it I was like "what the frick is this shit?". Like, five minutes into it I started to feel weird about it, like "...this doesn't feel like Star Wars..." I literally laughed out loud in the theater at the "there was no father" Jesus reference. I actually appreciate the movie more now that I'm older and have rewatched it, I like the worldbuilding and politics and I can kind of see what Lucas was going for. But it's still not a very good movie.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >40 year old chiming in

        ...what? How old are you homies? Shouldn't you be mowing your lawn or something?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Bruh I didn't even start coming to Cinemaphile until I was 33. There are more of us than you might think.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            homosexual election tourist

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          It’s 3 in the morning, they do that at 8.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm a 40 year old software developer in San Francisco and I fricked around partying in my 20s and didn't even get a career going until I was 32, so I have no lawn, I share a San Francisco apartment with a roommate lmao.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              please don't write your life story as if anyone cares. You are like the mature age students who interrupt the lecturer to share an anecdote from their life while 90 normal students sit in shock at how their tuition fee can be going down the drain to this shit.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          My dude we are 40 not 70. That's boomer shit.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm 49 and I hope every night that I die in my sleep.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >In 1999 the excitement to see the newest Star Wars movie was so crazy people were camping outside theaters just to be the first in line
    This is not really true. This news story was a marketing stunt. I saw it opening night and there wasn't even a line. I just walked right up and got my ticket.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The shellshocked cosplayers walking out afterwards kind of dejected was the saddest part.

      >This is not really true. This news story was a marketing stunt. I saw it opening night and there wasn't even a line. I just walked right up and got my ticket.

      Not really? I went to a midnight premiere and had to line up for hours.

      No designated seating then, so you had to be in line unless you wanted a shit seat

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It depends on where you were. There were people with tents at my theater from people who had been there for days. I maybe got there 2 hrs ahead of showtime.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I had to wait in line for hours just to buy tickets a week before release. In all the years I had been going to that theater, and all the years since, that never happened.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Who was it that said if you camp out for a movie, you like camping more than movies?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      found it, it's from based roger ebert:

      >A lot of fans are basically fans of fandom itself. It's all about them. They have mastered the Star Wars or Star Trek universes or whatever, but their objects of veneration are useful mainly as a backdrop to their own devotion. Anyone who would camp out in a tent on the sidewalk for weeks in order to be first in line for a movie is more into camping on the sidewalk than movies. Extreme fandom may serve as a security blanket for the socially inept, who use its extreme structure as a substitute for social skills. If you are Luke Skywalker and she is Princess Leia, you already know what to say to each other, which is so much safer than having to ad lib it. Your fannish obsession is your beard. If you know absolutely all the trivia about your cubbyhole of pop culture, it saves you from having to know anything about anything else. That's why it's excruciatingly boring to talk to such people: They're always asking you questions they know the answer to.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I hate that homosexual, but he had his moments.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        this is pretty insightful. i always thought he was just a meme

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Never has anyone been more deserving of losing the power of speech

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        He was right and he was right to say it

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Savage. He would have made a great Cinemaphile poster. 2 sneeds up

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >They're always asking you questions they know the answer to.
        It's unfortunate that he lost the culture war and now we just have a bunch of Punk Rock Girls who smile when you ask if they have a bell, because it shows they're from Southeastern Pennsylvania.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Did they jump up on the table and shout
          >anarchy!

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Go to the Philly Pizza Company
            >Order hot tea
            Basically epic trolling in the burgeoning Philadelphia Cowpunk scene.
            >"Well no, we only have it iced"
            Literally just waiting for the answer like it's a passcode to a door.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's a descent movie with very high highs and pretty low lows
    force awakens on the hand...

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    star wars is for children and moronic chuds
    ᑐ ᑌ ᑎ ᑕ obliterated your disgraceful infantile trash

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I pretended to buy tickets for another movie a cut to the front of the line.
    First showing,first day.
    People literally camped in tents and I just walked right past them and saw that shit movie.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >tells everyone their age without actually saying it
      Before kiosk they had ushers that would check tickets during the movie, Zoomer. If anyone tried that shit you'd either have a fat man child Gay Wars fan boi b***h about you taking their sticky throne or an usher boot you the frick out for sneaking in.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        lol. No. You could sneak into movies pretty easily and the kiddie/wagie ushers couldn’t do shit or didn’t give a frick My friends and I used to sneak in the fire exits all the time and only got hassled like once
        >let me see your ticket stubs
        >we don’t have them
        >you dooooont?
        >ya I threw it out
        >wagie rage

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Not on Premier night, Zoomer. Wagie ushers go full on Robocop and would kick you out if you didn't have your ticket and some fat Goy Wars daggot would have complained about you sitting in their seats. Nice try.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >he was intimidated by ushers and Star Wars geeks
            >he believed they had some kind of authority
            I bet you still believe your high school had a “permanent record”

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Literally every 20 something wagie in 1998 was Randal from clerks. Not only would they look the other way they’d probably enjoy you “stickin it to the man maaaan”

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Want to hear a spoiler? YOU'RE GOING TO DIE ALONE

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I love the prequels and the triumph segments were kino.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Want to hear a spoiler? YOU'RE GOING TO DIE ALONE

      >Which of these buttons calls your parents to pick you up?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        of these buttons calls your parents to pick you up?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Want to hear a spoiler? YOU'RE GOING TO DIE ALONE

      [...]
      >Which of these buttons calls your parents to pick you up?

      >I do not deal with lesser lifeforms.
      >You must be a lonely guy!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's some DVD about waiting in line for TPM, and they talk to some dude who called himself Saul Good: israelitedi Knight. He was a spaz.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      my college friends ans I still quote that shit.

      Want to hear a spoiler? YOU'RE GOING TO DIE ALONE

      especially that line

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Vid for this?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          triumph was pretty fricking kino. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgEZSzkAVEY

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >when is your little Jedi do?
      >that’s the last time he will ever touch a vegana

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        that unborn child who's parents got roasted by triumph is probably posts on one of these boards.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There was a honeymoon period for Episode 1. People unironically americlapped when Darh Maul died in my theater when I saw it.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What you zoomies and some millennials don’t recall is that Lucas rereleased the edited editions of the original trilogy in 97. He already got on our bad side by messing with Han Solo shooting Greedo, adding “Jedi Rocks, changing dialogue, and more. The first 15 minutes or so of Phantom Menace were great, but as the film progressed we communally thought to ourselves “What was he thinking”. These are facts. Cheers.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >some millennials don’t recall is that Lucas rereleased the edited editions of the original trilogy in 97
      There was massive hype for this simply because if you were born in the 80s you grew up with Star Wars movies and many excellent video games. The novelty of seeing the movie on the big screen with new special effects computer magic was exciting. We went in thinking it would be the movie we loved with a Jurassic park style modernization and restored deleted scenes and we got a CGI Jabba the Hutt cartoon and a fake looking mos eisley.
      The once exotic and dangerous looking space port filmed on ancient tunesian city looked more like Toon Town from Roger Rabbit. It was a bad omen for things to come.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was one of them, and I had no problem with the movie at all. It was great!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i was only 9 and i fricking loved it. still love it to this day.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >These were the most hardcore fans that rewatched the OT hundreds of times for the past decade.
    And they learned a valuable lesson about nostalgia and hype and managing expectations.
    When they expected something great, they were disappointed. When they expected something bad (Force Awakens), most of these morons were pleasantly surprised.
    This is also the same reason that Alien 4 got better reviews than Alien 3

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    3 hour line to see it. Then we saw it. Lmfao

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was 9, i loved it

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No refunds goyim

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It made a billion dollars
    That's all that matters

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    kind of like the disappointment of Dunc Part 2.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    meh, shared disappointment was a nice social experience too, and it was nice to get that hyped about something. we got over it. you ever enjoy anything that much?

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It came out when I was 10. I understand jaded boomers and gen x’ers might have hated it, but goddam every kid I knew was having lightsaber fights in the schoolyard and talking about their favourite characters.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it was okay, i did it as a young teen. The newest movies, that was the "wtf is this dogshit garbage" moment for me, i nearly walked out of the farce awakens, i only stayed so that when im yelling about how much i hated the film in future, no fricking basedbeard homosexual could whine and say "but you didnt watch the whole thing you're wrong REEEEE".

    Star wars died permanently the moment the Farce awakens was released, there was never any coming back from that turd, it set the trend, and the trend was cringe.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Honestly, both takes on the Mandalorians are shit. It's a silly universe

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There's nothing wrong with midichlorians.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't have to image anything. I was there and I enjoyed the movie a lot. I saw it 5 times and once more when the 3d version came out.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >ne how crushed those fans were to watch the Phantom Menace.
    Nerds went to see it several times and generally loved it. It didn't really hit them until later that it was actually kinda shit.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I never heard any bad press or backlash about the prequel trilogy until many, many years later.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Fake news, people were shitting on Jar Jar from day 1

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Phantom Menace was widely considered to be a masterpiece that surpassed the originals until the revisionist hit piece that is The Plinket Reviews tricked everyone

    Many people on Cinemaphile believe this kek

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Can someone explain to me what’s so bad about midichlorians? I’m not that much into SW.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The original trilogy set up the Force as being a mystical energy that binds the universe and sentient beings together.
      The idea of the midichlorians is that the number of certain microorganisms inside people's bodies decides how attuned people are to the Force.
      It's basically, a bunch of people were fans of a movie trilogy about ass-kicking spiritual masters who can tune into the will of the universe to guide their actions, and then the 4th movie made it about biology.
      To be fair, obviously the first 3 movies made it clear that Force powers can be inherited from parents to children, so the reality is, the midichlorians are not really a stretch.
      The real problem is that the flat biological explanation annoys people who want something more spiritual. A lot of people drew on those first 3 movies for spiritual inspiration, like those were movies that legitimately probably helped millions of people work through their emotional and family issues in some way. So the really flat drab discussion of midichlorians in the 4th movie came off as shitting on all that even though, if you look at things rationally, it's obvious that the first 3 movies already set up the Force as maybe having some connection to biological descent.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That's really not what midiclorians were. They were there to explain how Anakin had no human father and were the checkov's gun. Midiclorians introduced in Act 1 (movie 1) to be mentioned again in the Darth Plaguies the Wise scene in Act 3 (movie 3).

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        didnt they got mentioned only like twice in the whole trilogy? christ, homies really make up shit to complain

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Phantom Menace rules. Qui Gon was my hero.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I remember lining up at like 9pm to get into Toys R Us at midnight to see all the toys (I only bought one figure- Jar Jar. I got all the rest later). Anyway, some dude said the record store in the mall was stocking the CD soundtrack just before close, and he wasn't allowed to buy it, but read the track titles on the back. One near the end is called "Qui-Gon's Noble Sacrifice" or something. This was weeks before the movie came out, and Lucasfilm spoiled the main dude dying. What the frick. Then we saw the Padme Naberrie and Queen Amidala and Senator Palpatine and Darth Sidious action figures, and assumed that they were clones and that the clone wars had to do with politicians being replaced with evil clones or something.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I wish someone would replace all the IRL evil politicians with good clones.

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Oh man, that Darth Maul looks like a total badass, I wonder what he'll do
    >BLAAARGH I'M DEAD

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I feel worst for the people who dressed up as him opening night

      They seriously thought that dude would be the new Vader

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >They thought they'd finally be rewarded with something even better, a magical experience that would surpass the previous movies.

    It was more about the shared experience than the final product. Even if people thought the film sucked, they were still a part of the group that "saw it first", which meant they were among the first to say it sucked.

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    worth it for the pod racing kino

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The shot of Gungans walking in the mist during the trailer could have been anything. Anything at all. And with Binary Sunset playing, you knew this would mean something. This would add to the mythos in new and exciting ways. Think back to those Lucasfilm fantasy adventures. Willow. The Dark Crystal. Labyrinth. And even Ewoks. Lucas was back. Back to bring that wonder, that magic that had been lost to filmmaking. You only care about your stars, your Air Force One and your Leaving Las Vegas. But what do you have. Someone's face. You want everyone to worship someone else's face. You're digusting. But this. This changes everything. Storytelling. Worldbuilding. You don't even have to care what it's about or how it will turn out, you just know it's going to be good. You just know. Gungans. I wonder what story they have to tell.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Lucasfilm
      >Dark Crystal and Labyrinth
      ???

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i was 7 and thought it was boring, I mostly liked star wars from toys and video games at the time.

    I did really like Episode 3 upon release

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was 9 when it came out and I still remember how amazing it seemed like just the coolest most epic thing ever made I loved the prequels it’s so depressing how boring Star Wars has become

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah I was only 4 when I first watched it and I still get the same feeling I had then when I see some picture of quigon or something
      it was so fresh and fun. lotta people don't know how cool the phantom menace was
      it really was special for a lot of kids

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Being a kid back then was such a magical experience, I feel bad for zoomers never even being able to experience a fraction of that today.

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I liked it when it came out, and like it even more now. Audiences are genuinely moronic. They went in expecting a derivative Spielbergian blockbuster when Star Wars literally defined that type of film. It was Star Wars from which all of those dogshit 80s films spawned, having mutated by the turn of the century into grey slop in movie form, and by the release of TPM audiences were prepped and brainwashed to expect a very particular kind of "experience." When they didn't get it, they started crying about how shitty the movie was. Add to this the same decades spent obsessing over the Star Wars "universe" as if it were a documentary, and you've got the perfect recipe for film illiterate manchildren to be upset the movie wasn't literally the same thing they'd watched/read for the thousandth time.

    Is TPM without flaw? No, of course not. There's a lot of silly shit in it, and it's fine to dislike it. But I've noticed the people who seethe the most about it have barely watched any films (if at all) before 1980 (first SW doesn't count), and/or prioritize autistic memorization of Star Wars "facts" over actual film.

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why are Amerimutts like this? It was always shit, James Bond was better.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Star Wars hasn't been good since A New Hope.

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This was 6 years before I was even born. Kinda weird to think how things happened before your born like how is that even??

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The prequels require a greater intellectual depth to understand. I have always liked them...how do ya like those apples!?

  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5>4>3>6>2>1>7/8/9

  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    saw it in theaters when i was in high school. Saw it early in the morning and skipped class. I loved it.

  41. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    *incoherent babbling*

  42. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Kek. Ya there was a lot of dissapointmebt unless you were a Lucas cuck or a 5 year old.

  43. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was there, my identity thankfully obscured by Darth Maul face makeup procured in the lobby. At the time you could kind of persuade yourself it wasn't terrible, the fight at the end helped, as did heavy drinking immediately after. The next day though the sinking feeling set in and it wasn't just a hangover. It was the first time I'd seen a new Star Wars film at the cinema since 1983 so give me a break, I wanted to believe.

  44. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >midichlorians and Jar Jar
    Those aside, episode one hand a lot of good in it. An amazing soundtrack, Maul (and his fight scenes), Qui Gon, world building, a lot more practical effects than it's given credit for, and an actually good plot, once you stop throwing the "why is there politics in my wars movie?!" tantrum.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      why is there an annoying kid in my star wars movie?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That is Darth Vader as a kid. The movie is a prequel and tells his story. Hope this helps, I know how children's entertainment can be an intellectual strain sometimes haha

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You are right we should have also seen him taking a shit and getting his tonsils removed at 11 because this is his story

  45. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was there. It was pretty okay. I hated Attack of the Clones so much that I never watched Revenge of the Sith.

  46. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They didn't have any disappointment. Episode 1 was fantastic and the closest in feel to the OT. It was the only one that still felt like star wars instead of a cartoon. Jar Jar is not any different than the silly things that happened in the OT especially the dumb droids. And midichlorians are a one line nothingburger only spergs flip out about. Everybody in the showing walk out happy and discussed it for days and days afterwards. The true soul crushing disappointment you're looking for was The Force Awakens

  47. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Ouch time

  48. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I saw Episode 1 when I was 5 and it was great. It's still great. I got high last year and watched it again and it was like watching a never ending Final Fantasy cutscene (from when Final Fantasy actually had style). The opening where Qui-Gon Jin lasers through that thick ass steel door will be forever etched into my memory. Also Jar-Jar isn't that bad. He basically fills the same role that R2D2 and C3PO did in the first movie. Also the pod racing scene really kicked ass.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      *incoherent babbling*

      it could have worked, Darth Jar Jar would have worked if someone had pulled Lucas aside and said;
      >"your core idea is good but the concept of Jar Jar is dogshit, redo the character and get a physical comedy actor like Carrey to do it in costume, like you USED to do this shit, and get that guy a writer to collab with to sort their own fricking lines because your prose is dogshit."
      Bam, saved the prequels villian problem right there, it would have been a great twist if Jar Jar was retooled.

  49. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    gen x got btfo so bad they never recovered

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