This movie is so funny it made me fall over my self, everyone I showed it to was instantly hooked. Apart from it being really funny, I also truly believe that this is the ultimate version of this movie. TV'sFrink does great work with creatively reshaping this movie into a more consistent tone.
Face it people, Jar-Jar is not the problem with the prequels, he is only the catalyst of hate/dread for otherwise bad movies. I have seen other prequel edits who try to clean up the movies and make them more serious in tone, this doesn't work for me at all, they only make dry movies even more lifeless. They approoched these movies with totally the wrong mindset, don't do away with the humor, increase it!
This edit on the other hand may very well be closer to the original vision and I immensely enjoy it. Am I implying that GL would be better of making space balls at this point? Yes I very well may be.
The edit redefines classic characters
Little Anakin is now mentally challenged. Jar Jar is struggles to suppress the voices in his head. Obi-Wan’s spirit has become disconnected from his body and refers to itself in the third person and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
How Frink has retained any narrative sense in this edit while tampering so heavily with the plot I will never know. Entire sequences are altered and rearranged yet I never felt lost. Running jokes constantly appear but never once did they overstay their welcome. Some attempts didn’t always land (generally due to not having any prior knowledge of the inserted material), however they didn’t come off as try-hard or cringe worthy. Once the credits rolled I realised my face was aching, there was hardly a moment I grinning in delight as I was bombarded with an absurd array of gags and jokes. The musical sequences in particular were hilarious.
Only a couple instances did the dialog chopping/editing become messy, the the ‘ipod’ sequence stands out, but for the most part the background noise/effects accompanying the dialog wasn’t troubling. Again, only once or twice did the tone of dialog placed upon characters feel out of place. Thinking of this edit as a foreign language dub allows you overlook mouths not matching the dialog.
This edit was fantastically funny throughout - my congratulations Frink, you created something special.
This edit is a lot of fun. It features all the worst bits of Star Wars mixed with all the worst bits of youtube-hack jobs.
In short, it's hilarious, irreverent, and nonsensical. The fact that it goes on for the length of an entire movie, rather than the average three of four minutes, adds to the enjoyment. It drags on a bit here and there, but that is really to be expected with something of this nature. Humor, after all, is subjective, some bits work better for some people than the do for others.
On the whole, it is a lot of fun. It is, at the same time, a wonderful scathing parody of the original, and a beautiful homage. Hearing Bender's voice come out of a protocol droid, well... this might be my new favorite version of TPM.
Witness the amazing TV’s Frink as he slices, dices and chops like Bart Simpson with a Ginsu knife. The Ridiculous Menace is a gleeful and manic spoof, a kind of comedic vandalism equivalent to drawing mustaches on somber portraits and throwing cream pies at stuffy politicians. The pomp and dreadful pretentiousness of the original movie is unceremoniously deflated through radical alteration of the personalities and motives of all characters, major and minor. Heroes become cads, villains become clowns, and just about everyone is reduced to a state of doddering cluenessness.
Often the humor builds in layers of ridiculousness until the humor reaches a level of surreality that would do Benny Hill or Monty Python proud. Other jokes fall flat or are obscure, but with the batting average so high and the pace of gags so fast and furious, it just doesn’t matter. This is one funny flick.
The video quality is adequate. Compression makes the focus soft on larger screens but it’s still quite watchable. A number of contributors have pitched in with special effects and those come off well, complementing the hacked and manipulated satiric tone.
The soundtrack has received a massive amount of changes, from new background music to new effects to new dialog. The end credits alone must have 30 different music clips! The detail of audio work goes down to individual inserted words, and this is the one area where technical flaws sometimes get in the way of enjoying the movie. Sometimes the words in a sentence are so mismatched it’s hard to understand what the character is saying. Additional audio processing and pitch shifting might help that out, but that would also mean many more months of work! So, as they say, deal with it.
DVD features are basic, with chapter selections and a few bonuses included to add a few gags. No off-color jokes and thankfully no potty humor, so the disk is suitable for children. Kudos to Frink and his many co-conspirators for assembling the funniest Star Wars Episode One ever. 9.5/10