“Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace” Hit Theaters 20 Years Ago Today!

Insane thought it may seem, it has been 20 years to the day since the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Just that that sit in for a moment. Yikes.

George Lucas‘ first Star Wars prequel still remains a divisive discussion point among lovers of sci-fi cinema. The problems with the film have already been thoroughly discussed on this very site, so instead of diving deep into that issue let’s instead take a look at some of the hype that surrounded the film’s opening on May 19, 1999 with this hour-long collection of news reports about the film’s opening:

Well, we will say this for the 1999 crowds, they were an optimistic lot.

Two decades later, how do you feel about Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace? Are you still as upset with it now as you were 20 years ago? Do you feel that our current era of satisfying Star Wars films have made your anger towards the prequels subside? Conversely, do you love The Phantom Menace and the prequels in general? Was Jar Jar unfairly maligned? Sound off below Star Warriors, and, for the record, this writer still thinks midchlorians are lame.

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