Is it still fashionable to hate the Star Wars prequel movies? It would seem so, judging by some of the reactions I've read to the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace that's just hit cinemas. I remember watching Episode I when it first came out in 1999, coming away disappointed but hardly surprised. It was, after all, a film saddled with an impossible weight of expectation. I didn't hate it. I just found it a bit boring, with a baffling plot (even the opening crawl had me confused) and far too many characters with silly haircuts. And even Darth Maul was rubbish.