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Jonathan Ke Quan
Ten years after the 'Phantom Menace' threatened the planet Naboo, Padmé Amidala is now a Senator representing her homeworld. A faction of political separatists, led by Count Dooku, attempts to assassinate her. There are not enough Jedi to defend the Republic against the threat, so Chancellor Palpatine enlists the aid of Jango Fett, who promises that his army of clones will handle the situation. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi continues to train the young Jedi Anakin Skywalker, who fears that the Jedi code will forbid his growing romance with Amidala. Written by
Having not really been around for the first three, I figured that I'd not let the new three films escape me at the cinema. I was determined to catch "The Phantom Menace" and did so (and it is so much better in a cinema, let me tell you) but I had to watch "Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack Of The Clones" by myself as I couldn't find anyone else willing to give the franchise a chance. Sadly, I didn't feel the Force was strong with this one but stumbling across it again on TV last night gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate it while my Better Half was snuggling into my chest. Hey, there were light-sabres in it and besides, she didn't mind!
The fifth film once again has Ewan McGregor as Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi who has taken young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) under his wing as his padawan apprentice. After an attempt on the life of Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman), Anakin is assigned to protect her while Kenobi sets off to uncover who's behind the plot. But during the investigation, Kenobi discovers a secret clone army apparently ordered by the Jedi Counci while Anakin embarks on a forbidden affair with the Senator.
Criticisms that have been levelled at the new films is that there is far too much reliance on CGI scenes and characters and that is certainly true of Episode 2. At times, McGregor is the only real thing you see on screen although things do improve for the obligatory trip to Tunisia (I mean, Tattooine). But the magic you felt when you saw Chewbacca for the first time is replaced with bile-inducing hatred when Jar Jar Binks makes a (thankfully brief) reappearance. Other things clash with what has gone before in the earlier films. Anakin comes across as less a Jedi and more a psychotic stroppy teenager while Obi-Wan feels like a slightly neurotic mess with more issues than Greenpeace. Not the fault of the actors but more as a result for some really duff dialogue which, if we're honest, has never been George Lucas' strong point. There are only so many times you can hear someone say "I've got a bad feeling about this" without wanting to slap the screenwriter.
What Lucas does do well is action-packed set pieces and here is where Episode 2 steps up to the plate and delivers. Aside from the typically climatic battle scenes at the end, the undoubted highlight is the battle between countless CGI baddies and hundreds of light-sabre-wielding Jedi Knights. And even though you finally get to see Yoda kick some ass, there is much to disappoint too. Principal among these is Christopher Lee's villainous Count Dooku, who isn't a patch on Darth Maul from Episode 1. Personally, I also find George's obsession with cramming the film with shots of earlier characters (including Boba Fett, Uncle Owen and C3-PO) very annoying - this is supposed to be Star Wars, not Days Of Our Lives in space. And on that subject, the ill-fated romance between Anakin and Amidala feels so out of place, it's unreal. It slows the whole thing down and juggles with the already complex plot so that the viewer feel disorientated and somewhat annoyed that there is so little 'Star Wars' going on.
So is the film any good? As Master Yoda himself might say, a good film fancy visuals do not make. It looks the part and during the jaw-dropping Jedi battle, you do feel that this is a worthy addition to the series. But only during that scene - the rest of the time, you're shaking your head in disappointment. If ever a film series has become a victim of its own success then the three prequels are critically damaged. Due to massive expectation (only slightly dampened after Episode 1), this film was bound to disappoint but even on it's own, this is not a patch on the earlier three films. It's entertaining in a mindless way but because you will almost certainly have experience of a Star Wars movie, you'll find yourself wishing the Millennium Falcon would drift into the picture, Han and Leia at the helm. Although you already knew it, it's best to stick with the first three films.
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