Is it a stretch to think that the story’s not that bad? Am I watching with rose-tinted glasses? Peacetime is often boring. So, sure, a trade dispute is boring. But if it’s relative peacetime, with no Sith around for a millennia, then starting with something as innocuous as trade makes sense.
What is Palpatine’s motivation?
The podracing scene felt a little like the whole side quest in The Last Jedi. A little unnecessary, but not as much – at least it highlights how force-sensitive Anakin is. It’s character development, even though it could have done without a shot of the alien selling food in the crowd.
Ineffective democracy and beauracracy paves the way for an Emperor to take over. No parallels in modern society at all, of course.
The acting is bad. So, so bad. And the racial tones… why was ever Jar Jar a thing.
How many parallels?
This movie was far worse than I remember… bad acting, unnecessary parts, dull characters… but at least everything seemed intentional – we know what it’s moving toward, definitely better as a prequel than a first chapter. If George Lucas started with this… who knows what would have happened.