Which film do you think is better? Both The Phantom Menace and A New Hope served as introductions to their particular trilogies. The Phantom Menace was the first chapter of the Prequel Trilogy, and A New Hope was the first chapter of the Original Trilogy. I honestly MUCH prefer The Phantom Menace. For one thing, TPM has always been favorite Star Wars Film. I also think TPM has the much better story. It also better action, better special effects, much better characters, its much more diverse, it has a fantastic score, and I just love the overall atmosphere of the film. A New Hope, I just find to be very dated and the film doesn't really add any depth and or story. It is very slow-paced and not much happens in the film except for Luke Skywalker destroying the Death Star. I've gotten to a point where I prefer Return of the Jedi to it, and it has become my least favorite film of the Original Trilogy. But that is just me. I still like the film. So which film do you prefer, The Phantom Menace or A New Hope?