Of all the Prequels, I find that the Phantom Menace is the one that gets the most flak. I've definitely thrown my share at it for its shortcomings. However, that said, I also find that it is the most consistent film of the Prequels. It doesn't necessarily have the worst parts of the PT, or the best, but it is far more even a film. I'll also go out on a limb and say that the second act is actually the strongest part of the movie, once they arrive on Tatooine. Everybody has made their points about Jake Lloyd's performance as Anakin, but I can put up with it on Tatooine. On Naboo and Coruscant, he's more annoying, but he's also out of his element. On Tatooine, Anakin appears much more street smart and helpful. It's his home after all, and he acts like an overconfident little kid would act. But mainly the reason I enjoy the Tatooine segment so much is because it feels the most like Star Wars, and it features the majority of what I felt the PT on the whole lacked: The criminal element. Far too much political meandering, not enough gangsters and mob bosses. Seeing the seedy port of Mos Espa and the huge variety of new aliens was a treat. Tatooine also features the most actual sets rather than green screen effects in the film, giving it a much more realistic, rustic feel than the shiny Coruscant or opulent Naboo. It felt grimy and dirty, and it felt real. There's also the podrace, which is brilliant. Excellent editing, minimal dialogue, and a great addition to the universe: space Nascar. It really captures the same speed and intensity of the trench run from A New Hope, and it manages to balance intensity with humor pretty well. While a lot of people claim that this part of the film drags, I enjoy it the most. It shows how Jedi talk to regular people, brings back the seediness of the Hutts, and tops it off with a great race scene. All in all, pretty damn entertaining. Your focus determines your reality.