Off topic again but today my best friend said Phantom Menace wasn't a bad movie and I gave her the biggest hug.
Awwww, that’s lovely! My unapologetic, prequel-loving self will always have a place in my heart for TPM.
Phantom Menace is easily my son’s favorite Star Wars movie. I’ve watched it now with him so many times. It’s got a little kid! Like him! Who saves the day and gets to be a Jedi! He loves Anakin squirming when his mom kisses him. He gets misty when Anakin leaves his mom. He loves, loves little Anakin. (Side note: my husband and I have laughed so many times in the last few years about the “Anakin is so annoying in this movie” criticism. Have these people ever MET an actual child?! Oh my God.)
My son thinks Padme is cool and brave and he loves Obi-Wan fighting Maul (even though he feels bad for Obi-Wan because we all know there’s no way any child of mine would not understand The Unbearable Sadness of Obi-Wan). He thinks Otoh Gunga looks amazing. (And I love that he loves that part, too, because I so vividly remember being like oooooooooh in the theater.)
Hahaha, I have a lot of thoughts on this that I won’t drag out. :) I’m glad your friend was willing to give it some credit!