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Only so satisfying as a work of science fiction, or even as a procedural thriller, but as a movie about movies? Unbelievably romantic.
In the end, this is a post-9/11 fairy tale (hence, "Snow White"); imagine if the tragedy-averting, peeking-beyond-the-veil ending of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood was the result of actual, literal plot machinations. Comparisons to Vertigo make sense, but – and this is a huge but – Tony…
A Philip K. Dick-inflected sci-fi noir whodunit in the vein of Minority Report, pumped up with the relentless desperation of Uncut Gems and parlayed into a queasy investigation of cinema-as-voyeurism that would make Hitchcock* and De Palma proud – with a dash of Videodrome thrown in for good measure. "For good measure" in this case means a scene so stomach-churning it threatens to swallow the rest of the film whole; that Bigelow manages to pull it back from the edge…
Ten things Attack of the Clones doesn't get enough credit for:
1) That incredible, ominous opening.
2) Color-coded speeder chase, which is more inventive than anything post-Lucas Star Wars has produced.
3) One of John Williams' greatest musical themes, "Across the Stars," which single-handedly carries the Anakin/Padmé romance through any rough patches, acting/scripting-wise.
4) Obi-Wan's confrontations (verbal and physical) with Jango Fett, who is way cooler than Boba.
5) Condensed retelling of The Searchers in act two, brilliantly repurposed as…