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Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones

Action & Adventure and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by George Lucas

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A Step Up From Episode One, But....

  • May 19, 2005
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This film still lacks the wit and style that came naturally to the original trilogy. Much like the first film, I feel that the actions of many of the characters were forced on the audience in an attempt to create some sort of likeable character. In "Menace," we were force-fed Darth Maul in order to make him like Boba Fett. In other words, Boba Fett had a small part in the original trilogy, but people attached themselves to the character. Maul failed to do this in "Menace." In "Clones," we are given Dooku and Zam Weezel(spelling?). Although Zam has one of the better parts in this film(the chase scene on Coruscant was fun to watch), there just isn't anything there that makes you "feel" for the character. Dooku just looks silly. I never thought that he could handle Yoda, Anakin, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. He doesn't have the presence that Darth Vader, or even the Emperor, had in the original films.

On the plus side, we are given a pretty good amount of battle scenes with Jedi, clones, and droids. All of these were executed with grand precision. The lightsaber battles between Jedi and Sith were less than memorable, but they suffice. Anakin's move to the darkside is almost too obvious in this story, probably due to the fact that Hayden Christiansen was a poor choice to portray Skywalker in this film.

The addition of Jango Fett and little Boba was good. Jango almost manages to gain the notoriety of his clone offspring when he battles Kenobi on Camino. As a matter of fact, Ewan McGregor seems to be the best actor in this flick. His character seems to be the best acted and developed in all of this film. He practically saves the movie on his own.

"Clones" is a step up from "Menace." It still lacks in many areas, but it moves with decent continuity and does manage to hold your attention better than "Menace." Other than that, this story modestly served its purpose to move along the descent of Anakin Skywalker. Hopefully the final chapter will make up for all of the shortcomings of Episodes I & II.

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In terms of acting, plot, dialogue, and special effects, Attack of the Clones is light years beyond The Phantom Menace. Much of the movie focuses on the mystery of the clone army. It ends with a spectacular battle scene - still one of the best sci-fi battles out there.    I like a lot about Attack of the Clones, but at the end of the day it just seems like the plot still needed to be worked out. There is a whole mystery about who built the clone army, but this is never fully …
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IfThe Phantom Menacewas the setup, thenAttack of the Clonesis the plot-progressing payoff, and devotedStar Warsfans are sure to be enthralled. Ten years afterEpisode I, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator, resists the creation of a Republic Army to combat an evil separatist movement. The brooding Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is resentful of his stern Jedi mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), tormented by personal loss, and showing his emerging "dark side" while protecting his new love, Amidala, from would-be assassins. Youthful romance and solemn portent foreshadow the events of the originalStar Warsas Count Dooku (a.k.a. Darth Tyranus, played by Christopher Lee) forges an alliance with the Dark Lord of the Sith, while lavish set pieces showcase George Lucas's supreme command of all-digital filmmaking. All of this makesEpisode IIa technological milestone, savaged by some critics as a bloated, storyless spectacle, but still qualifying as a fan-approved precursor to the pivotal events ofEpisode III.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: George Lucas
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Screen Writer: George Lucas, Jonathan Hales
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
Runtime: 142 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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