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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)


5/10: Only average overall, but a big step up from the first one
Thursday, December 29, 2016

It was with low hopes that I set out to the cinema to watch the latest offering from George Lucas, considering the out-and-out failure of The Phantom Menace, a film which helped to sour the image of the bearded god for thousands of former fans. In the three years since, Lucas seems to have learned something about film-making and has perhaps even managed to recapture some of the magic which was missing from the first movie. The characters have more interactions this time around, the plot isn't as boring and as a whole the film holds together a lot better than it rightfully should.Most of the flaws from The Phantom Menace are once again evident, but not as drastic in this offering. Lucas spends more time developing supporting characters to good effect, leaving the leads feeling all too wooden and unrealistic. Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen are definitely the two worst things in this movie...

6/10: Stays at an okay level that is rarely memorable though
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" is the fifth of so far seven Star Wars films and the second film from the second trilogy, which makes it film number 2 as well in terms of chronology. The director is once again George Lucas and he is also one of the writers as usual. The cast includes a handful names that defined the second era of Star Wars films, such as Portman, Christensen and McGregor. And of course all the known characters that I won't have to mention here by name.I may be a bit biased here as sci-fi is definitely not my favorite genre and I also never have been a really great Star Wars fan, not even of the old films. But still, there are sequences here where it was easy for me to appreciate the film. But the problem is that these sequences are far from frequent enough for a film that runs...

7/10: Better but not perfect
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

While this film is by no means a masterpiece I'll always have a soft spot for it as it was the first film I ever saw on DVD. It is a step up from the previous instalment with a better story and more excitement.Set a decade after the events in The Phantom Menace this film has a darker tone; we see far less of comedy relief Jar Jar Binks and Anakin is no longer a child but an almost fully trained Jedi. As the film opens we learn that Padmé is no longer the queen but the senator representing Naboo and somebody is trying to kill her. Obi-Wan and Anakin are assigned to protect her and in doing so learn that a weapon used was made on the planet Kamino which strangely appears in no records.Obi Wan heads to the site Kamino is meant to be Anakin takes Padmé back to Naboo where they grow closer...

9/10: Attack of the Clones:An Improvement Over The Phantom Menace
Saturday, January 14, 2012

The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace.Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is an epic space opera film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the fifth film to be released in the Star Wars saga and the second in terms of the series' internal chronology.Now 20, young Anakin Skywalker is an apprentice to respected Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Unusually powerful in the Force, Anakin is also impatient, arrogant, and headstrong -- causing his mentor a great deal of concern. The pair are ordered to protect Padme Amidala, the former queen of the planet Naboo, now representing her world in the Galactic Senate. Someone is trying to assassinate her on the eve of a vote enabling Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to build a military force that will safeguard against a growing separatist movement...

8/10: The shroud of the dark side has fallen
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

This might be the most intricately detailed and plotted of all the Star Wars films, but judging from all the negative reviewers on this board, I have to wonder if they paid attention long enough to understand what was going on. Conspiracy and double crosses abound, with the introduction of Christopher Lee's character Count Dooku leading the separatist movement against the Republic. Then there's Chancellor Palpatine pulling strings that will eventually give rise to the supremacy of the Sith and the Dark Side of the Force. His flattery of young Anakin Skywalker is recognition of the Jedi's powerful potential, and is intended to hasten his corruption.For this viewer, that was the real story in "Attack of the Clones", and even though the relationship between Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Amidala (Natalie Portman) was necessary for events of "A New Hope", that was secondary for the moment. At about the time of events of "The Phantom Menace" ten...

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