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Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones

  • Mar 15, 2011
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If I were to use one word to describe Attack of the Clones, that word would be improvement. While it is far from a perfect movie, it is an improvement over The Phantom Menace and thats pretty much all that can be said for it. I only hope that Revenge of the Sith will get me out of my prequel humdrum before I move on to the original trilogy, which are definitely the three superior films. The critics were entirely right, this does contain much more of what made the original trilogy fun, although the romance is quite grating and Hayden Christensen is only a little better than Jake Lloyd.

Attack of the Clones takes place ten years after the events of the first film, and the opening text says that Padme, no longer queen of Naboo, has to return to the senate to cast a vote on whether to build an army of the republic to protect against the now-existing separatist groups lead by the mysterious Count Dooku. An assassin named Jango Fett is trying to kill her for the exact same reason and Anakin has to take Padme back to Naboo for her saftey while Obi-Wan investigates what is behind all of this. Thats where the clone army comes in, which was ordered without authorization by a mysterious Jedi who was killed ten years ago. Add this to Anakin romancing Padme and it all culminates into an epic final battle with the clones.

The story isn't as lost as it is in Phantom Menace, and things are finally happening. Character development isn't that bad either, but what's really problematic in this movie is the romance between Anakin and Padme. Natalie Portman have little to no chemistry as a couple, and although the movie does end on a rather sweet note with their wedding, the rest of their romance is kind of grating, and its a big subplot for the first half of the film and it gets kind of annoying, like the romance between Will and Elizabeth in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Anyway, that's the only major problem I have in the story, so I'll move on.

Character development is okay, but still is somewhat problematic. Anakin is now older and has shifted into the role of the main character. We also see shades of Darth Vader starting to come out, especially after the death of Anakin's mother. We also see the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan, which can be quite animous at times due to Anakin's arrogance and Obi-Wan's tradition. I wasn't really involved with the characters in this one, but I was a little more involved in this one. For those of you who are concerned, Jar Jar Binks is still in this one, but he's only in it for a little while, so the annoyance factor is minimal.

The things that really improved were the acting and the visuals. The visual effects (creatures as well as backdrops) have certainly improved from the 1999 effects, and the performances have somewhat improved. For your information, I have no intention to see any of the Star Wars films in 3D, because 3D doesn't matter because you need to respect the special effects of that time, especially with the original trilogy. Anyway, the visuals were very impressive, much better than the first.

Hayden Christensen is the only actor who I had problems with in this movie, because he's scarcely a better actor than Jake Lloyd, only much less annoying. Needless to say, he was probably the worst actor in the movie and I hope at least he's better in the third. The best was probably Ewan MacGregor as Obi-Wan followed by Christopher Lee as Count Dooku. They were both easily the best actors in the movie, and they give the best performances, although they give nothing spectacular. Natalie Portman was also okay, but she was never really spectacular in these movies anyway. The rest of the Jedis were okay as well. however, I doubt that one would watch these prequels for the acting, so lets move on.

The battle scenes were also fun and the final was probably one of the best battle scenes I've seen in a while. However, there was a lack of action in the first half, and thats another main problem with the movie. I would recommend this as a rental or to watch it for completion's sakes. However, watch The Phantom Menace and the original trilogy, because watching Phantom Menace will help along with the sotry, and the original trilogy are just better films. All in all, this is a huge improvement over the first one, but is nowhere near the greatness of the original trilogy.

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