I do not think that "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is the worst movie ever made. There have to be at least four or five movies that were worse, or else (as Browning wrote) what's a "Cheaper By The Dozen" for? But "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" has to be the worst movie ever made that I actually went to see at midnight on opening night. I often like to say that I did this for my wife, who loved the Star Wars series so much that I don't believe she has ever gotten over not marrying Han Solo.*
*Not Harrison Ford. Han Solo.
But, I must admit more than a little excitement going to see the movie (though I tried to hide it). I don't really get science fiction beyond The Jetsons -- or anyway, that's what I've always believed because I didn't understand 2001: A Space Odyssey -- but I was stunned to find going into "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" that I knew a lot more about Star Wars than I would readily admit. Truth is, I was reasonably able to follow conversations between Star Wars nerds who enjoyed talking about things like the backstory of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter.