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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
A Jedi Shall Not Know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love.
(22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, the galaxy has undergone significant changes. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are assigned to protect Padmé from political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact the destiny of the Republic.
The force is tickling my fancy in this prequel! Case in point Yoda (Frank Oz) and Count Dooku's (Christopher Lee) Epic lightsaber battle!
See it here (the first 2 minutes and 43 seconds of the video)
Still top heavy in the exposition department which makes it a daunting task to get through the segments of the film that serve as nothing more than a set up for overly abundant subplots! But once the film kicks into high gear we finally see glimpses of the Star Wars we all have come to know and love!
Yoda gets more face time and thankfully R2-D2 and C-3PO make their way onto the screen and inevitably into our hearts!
Recommended by Tim Ehrens via "Movie Request Hotline" Thank you soooo much Tim I'm having a great time revisiting the series!
No luck swaying the kids to my side with this one. The 9-year-old during the picnic scene: "Which one of these two would you pick to be stuck with in a room?"
Review In A Nutshell:
After the disappointment that was The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones redeems the trilogy with a decent entry that delivers more character development and a simplistic storyline. The film is a balanced screenplay that juggles back and forth between the romance of Anakin and Padme - which also covers the deeper development of Anakin and explores more of how he became who we expect him to be, while the other covers a larger story of internal corruption and cultural genocide.
The film holds its ground fairly well with its two storylines, ensuring accessibility and entertainment, but it is still far from the amazing efforts brought by the original trilogy. The romance of the film may…
That little green fella from the Vodafone ads must be desperate for money to appear in this shit.
Unlike the incredibly hyped, feverish release of The Phantom Menace three years earlier, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones loomed large with more a muted sense of expectation, a 'new hope' as it were that George Lucas might have learned a few lessons from the severe disappointment his first prequel in the planned trilogy turned out to be, due to cardboard dialogue, stiff acting, leaden plotting and a remarkable lack of fun. Perhaps aware of his own shortcomings behind the typewriter, Lucas hired a young writer, Jonathan Hales, to help him pen this second instalment but in no uncertain terms, two heads were not better than one. Attack of the Clones desperately wants to be this trilogy's Empire…
'Suck very much, it does, yes?'
-Bubba, Yoda's cooler, older brother
Definitely the weakest of the prequel trilogy, in short this film is a lot of really cool scifi action scenes set in the Star Wars universe with a badly executed romantic subplot shown in between them. Said action scenes include:
*Obi-Wan & Anakin chasing Padme's assassin through Coruscant
*Obi-Wan fighting Jango Fett on Kamino
*Jango Fett chasing Ob-Wan through the asteroid field
*Anakin, Padme, C-3PO, & R2-D2 fighting in the Geonosis Droid Factory
*Obi-Wan, Anakin, & Padme fighting alien monsters in the coliseum
*The massive Jedi vs. droid battle in the coliseum
*Obi-Wan & Anakin vs. Count Dooku Lightsaber Battle
*Yoda vs. Count Dooku Lightsaber Battle
But to be fair this film does try to do better in the character development department. Midway through…
Was this the rehearsal?
The script continues to cleverly tie together elements of the more familiar Star Wars films, even if the execution fails the premise. The addition of Christopher Lee adds some much needed grace to a cast blemished by sub-par performances from Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman and a downright cringe-worthy show from Hayden Christiansen. Fortunately, Lucas and team make the most of the superb visual effects at their disposal to make Attack of the Clones a feast for the eyes, if not the ears.
Unfortunately this film didn't prove the much-needed triumph the prequel series needed after the Phantom Menace. Easily the most dull of the three prequels, the film is a confusing, tangled mess of unnatural dialogue, bizarre plots, nonsensical motives, and dull performances. Some of the visual sequences are memorable, and the work the digital effects artists put in is clear in some of the scenes, the highlight of the film to me being the duel on the watery planet Kimono.
Better upon repeated viewings, but still falls far short of the original trilogy. Hayden looks great, but he cant act. MacGregor is the shining star of the prequels and is alone responsible for a least a star's worth of this 3 1/2 star rating.
My memory told me that this was the worst of the franchise.
Maybe it is, but I liked it a lot more upon second viewing. It is certainly the weirdest of the series, with an opening sequence that resembles Blade Runner and Yoda fighting Christopher Lee with a lightsaber. There's a line that I'm pretty sure is a direct reference to Space Balls, and Anakin's silliness about sand.
Also, there might actually be too little exposition - I'm still not entirely sure what was going on with the Clone Troopers and how they fit into everything. I have the feeling that Lucas made the prequels for the fans who had read all the books and other extended universe ephemera, so maybe those folks can fill me in, but I'm not one of them so I was a bit lost at times. But overall, the transition from Anakin to Darth Vader is progressed well and there's some pretty great action sequences.
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