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Phantom Misgivings

My take on Phantom Menace: it was about what I expected: a setting up movie. There were things I liked (Liam Neason, special effects) and things I didn't (Jar Jar Binks, slightly contrived ending). My biggest concern is: at the end of Star Wars I, Anakin Skywalker is a happy, cheerful 8 year old child. At the beginning of Star Wars IV, Anakin has become Darth Vader, a man so evil and vicious he strangles people because they annoy him and tortures women (and he's even worse in Empire Strikes Back). My major concern is: how do you get Anakin from good happy child to evil nasty adult, make it believable, and not lose the sympathies of the audience? It'll be a feat of characterization, and frankly, I have my doubts if Lucas can do it, based on his other work. And that's all I'm going to say.