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Sorry everyone, I have to admit, after seeing this movie, Hayden
Christensen must be the worst actor imaginable. I laughed out loud with
the entire audience at his mumbled lines and fake anger and crying.
Lucas has truly lost his touch with these films.
Also, the effects were corny and unconvincing. Never has there been a film so over-produced and under valued. In some shots, especially dark scenes, it is obvious that it was "filmed" digitally. I love digital, but this is a new low for Lucas to let grainy and discolored scenes into a movie theatre.
I have lost all confidence in George Lucas. His ability to create quality films has been set back by a couple of decades at least.
i could never guess that star wars would be drowning in a special effects pool.the star wars of the 80's were much more exciting than the last ones.i think the things that make star wars exciting are its diologues and its main idea.star wars don't need tricks to be a perfect film.the advance in special effects made george lucas's eyes blind.if he had gone on as he was,the last two films could be even better than the first ones with such options he has.he shouldn't be concerned about the box office,he should be concerned about how we,the true fans of the star wars,will react to the film.otherwise he loses more than he wins.
Episode II is an absolutely stunning film. I loved Episode I and was even
more impressed with the next installment. Hayden Christensen does an
excellent job in portraying the anger and hatred of a young and
impressionable Anakin. I was truly impressed with him.
This film feels much more connected to the original trilogy as well, with much more foreshadowing of events to come and a wonderful score by John Williams that incorporates more of the original music. You leave the theater waiting for more. I hope that George Lucas has something great in mind to conclude this trilogy because it will be hard to top the final 45 minutes of this movie. He does open up a lot of questions and will really need to tie things together with the original trilogy.
As far as special effects go, the film is visually stunning. The effects are much more seamless than Episode I and the final battle is outstanding. Fans of the original trilogy who did not like Episode I will have their faith renewed and those who did like Episode I will like this movie even more.
One final word... Yoda rules... enough said!!!
All I would like to say about Attack Of The Clones is that at times I had
remember to draw breath.
I was emotionally engaged and harassed by this film - only the best films do that to me.
It seems to me that people criticising this film have not realised that in 1977 they were a damn site younger with less expectations - this is why they find Phantom Menace and AOTC disappointing. Let go and enjoy - that's what I did.
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Not even an argument as far as I'm concerned, STAR WARS, EPISODE TWO:
ATTACK OF THE CLONES is the absolute WORST of all 6 STAR WARS films!
And, given it's budget, some of the actors in it, and just the fact
that it is part of the STAR WARS saga itself, perhaps a contender for
one of the worst films of all time, at least worst big-budget
films.....Wow! And I remember when this first came out that a
significant number of fans thought THIS was better than PHANTOM
MENANCE...Nope! Not even close, actually.
While MENACE has its share of sorry dialogue and characters (Jar Jar Binks!), it mostly benefited from mimicking the fast pacing of the original A NEW HOPE and has some exciting set pieces and moments (fast-paced opening, the pod race, climactic battle). The acting and dialogue in MENACE certainly wasn't spectacular, but it was way better than what we were served with in this clunker! But most importantly, the CGI effects of MENACE essentially did not detract from the film the way it does in CLONES.
CLONES begins with the former Naboo Queen, now Senator, Padme Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) being transported to the planet city Coruscant and and an assassination attempt occurs. Her stand-in is killed and so Senator Palpatine (Ian McDarmid) "suggests" a Jedi escort/bodyguard for her protection. Of course, the duty goes to teenage Jedi-in-training Anakin Skywalker (played by Hayden Christensen). Another attack occurs and so Anakin accompanies Padme to Naboo where the Senate and Jedi feel she will be safer. And thus, the Anakin-Padme romance begins! And that ain't good! A terribly realized, cringe-inducing set of interactions ensues and takes up a large portion of the film. I really don't blame the actors. The dialogue is atrocious. I don't think Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro could have looked better in this!
Other stories include Anakin's Jedi Master Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) investigating the creation of a clone army on the faraway Kamino star system, and Jedi Masters/Council members Yoda and Mace Windu (Samuel Jackson) sensing a dark, ominous disturbance in the Force. All stories converge to a climactic battle on Geonosis, where the Jedi must battle a droid army led by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), who is responsible for the attack on Padme's life.
The worst offense of CLONES is the CGI! This film is at present the worst example of CGI use in today's movies. It is completely overdone and really cheesy-looking in a lot of places. I mean, it dominates the film! Yoda is CGI! Not good. The original trilogy demonstrated that you have to have a story. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK had the best story, and A NEW HOPE had an footloose, tongue-in-cheek appeal that more than made up for its minimal plot and story. RETURN OF THE JEDI, actually the weakest of the original 3, by plain default, feels like a masterpiece to CLONES! At least the characters were established from HOPE and EMPIRE by the time of JEDI and we could forgive the rather juvenile nature with which they concluded the original trilogy. The characters in CLONES, however, had never really been established in the fast-paced MENACE. And CGI so dominates CLONES, with no character development whatsoever, yet the film has exposition and dialogue all over the place! And in the end, the climactic battle is deathly boring and confusing. A bunch of Jedi fighting a bunch of battle Droids with a moment that made me cringe more than the Anakin-Padme scenes: when that worm-headed Jedi used his powers to knock C3PO down so he didn't have to participate in the fight and then gave him that weird smile (really eerie!). Trust me, it's a goofy moment! Then Yoda and the Clone army swoops in. And we are "treated" to a terrible lightsaber duel where Obi-Wan and Anakin get their ass handed to them by a 100-year old Count Dooku! So CGI Yoda must save their young butts!
Essentially, the same way that MENACE tried to mimic HOPE, so does CLONES try to mimic EMPIRE: Jedi-in-training Anakin gets trumped by the more powerful former-Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Dooku the way that Jedi-in-training Luke got beat by more powerful Darth Vader and both Anakin and Luke lost one of their hands in the battle (Anakin even lost a whole arm!). Anakin and Padme joined at the end of CLONES (with a noticeably pregnant Padme) the way their offspring Luke and Leia stood together at the end of EMPIRE. Also Anakin and Padme's budding romance in CLONES doubling for Han and Leia's romance in EMPIRE. Obi-Wan off by himself investigating Kamino the way Luke went off by himself to discover Yoda in the Dagobah system in EMPIRE. And of course, the ominous, open ending where we know a sequel is to come! Difference? We looked forward to the EMPIRE sequel wanting more, but with CLONES, we wished the entire movie experience could be taken back! Do-over, please!
There seems little point in commenting on this film, its story, the acting,
or whatever else. We've all seen it, and we've already made up our
However, it must be said: There were moments during -Attack of the Clones- when I felt... bored. Never during any of the previous four Star Wars films had I ever felt bored. But whenever Anakin and Amidala were frolicking in the meadow, or snuggling by the fireplace, or slow dancing at the Jedi prom, I nearly fell asleep. God those parts were boring. You know, Han and Leia sorta just ended up in love with almost no courtship whatsoever, and no one complained. Why did Lucas bother this time?
As best I can tell, anyone who enjoyed this film simply enjoyed the sheer spectacle of it. The big, loud, expensive, visually impressive spectacle of it. There's nothing wrong with that; I like spectacle as much as the next guy. I like watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July, too. But that doesn't make it great cinema, and Attack of the Clones certainly is not great cinema.
by Dane Youssef
Um.... did ANYONE like this movie? Anyone, anywhere... ever? This one seems to be ranking right up there with his "Howard the Duck."
But at least people had some kind of strong passion for that one. Any extreme movie (exterme in any way) is a likely candidate for the "cult following." But this one is just boring.
I wanted to kick it as hard as I could, not out of anger, but just to see if it's even alive.
If it is, it's flat-lining.
I remember when George Lucas announce that he was going to release the last three "Star Wars" movies (which ironically were the first three), the whole wide world jumped up.
When "Episode I" was finally released, it was met with lukewarm reviews (from critics and fans alike). From the fair-weather to the hard-core, industrial strength fans.
And everyone in between.
Many people ride Lucas and get on his case about his inability to write dialog (myself included).
Hey, let's face it. The man couldn't write dialog for a mime. Which is why he always hires a script doctor whenever he makes a film from his own screenplay. Hey, this is just called just plain common sense.
Many filmmakers try to re-make the kinds of movies that they first fell in love with when they were young. That not only applies to Lucas, he is the very definition of that. With futuristic Orwell tales ("THX 1138"), period action-adventure summer matinées ("Indianda Jones"), sci-fi space operas ("Star Wars," of course) and medieval sword-and-sorcery flicks ("Willow").
His abilities are in composing a movie lie in production values and state-of-the-art, groundbreaking, revolutionary special effects. Bringing everything about a genre together in one film and playing it to the hilt.
So Lucas brought on Johnathan Hales ("The Scropian King" and TV's "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles") as script doctor. Lucas' wise decision helped them take home the 2002 Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay. Hey, f--- the Oscars.
This was apparently the very first major-motion picture not to be shot on film, but on a special digital video movie camera that SONY designed specifically for Lucas himself.
I saw the movie on DVD, so being shot on digital video and being run on digital video disk, the movie was so sharp and so exact and so precise and so full of detail, I was amazed. When I saw "Episode I" in theaters, it didn't stand out this beautifully.
However, that momentary feeling eventually disintegrated and I was left with a feeling of indifference, then some boredom, then finally contempt.
The first released chapter in the "Star Wars" saga (Episode IV: A New Hope) showed a lot of the movie's themes came from old westerns and samurai pictures. In "Episode II," I got the feeling the movie got a lot of it's inspiration from war movies. You know, "Gettysburg" and the like.
The could make for one hell of a little movie, except for the fact that this one is completely on Valium.
Breaktaking visual scenery and first-rate FX (the entire movie was filmed in front of a blue screen) can't compensate for performances by actors who understandably seem have to have almost no love for a script that could have been written by a coma patient and a director who's far too assured that "it'll all be fixed and filled out in editing and special effects later." I know damned well Hayden Christensen is capable of acting. I've seen it. He seems to be channeling his role from "Life As A House" (no doubt that's why Lucas chose Christensen in the first place.
But the script and lack of direction seem to suck all the potential out of him. He never seems to be truly there at all.
Nor does scholar and sometimes-actress Natalie Portman. I feel kinda guilty saying this and all, but I never truly believed her as a action movie heroine in "Episode I." She just lacks that spunk and fire. You know, the kind that Carrie Fisher really had for almost every second she was on screen, especially when she shared scenes with Ford.
Portman simply can't do a Bidget Fonda or Pam Grier or Karen Allen. She's too sweet and vulnerable. Well, at least she seems more at home here. Although as sweet and beautiful as she is, there is no passion. Not in what she says or anything they do together.
They never seem to be in love so much as just sitting back practicing Shakesphere-style acting and mood for a theater performance.
It's nice to know good IL' Bobby Simone, yes--Jimmy Smits (Of TV's "L.A. Law" and NYPD Blue" fame) is still out there and plugging away as an actor. He gets a bit in here as a Jedi Master on the council.
The only action sequences of any interest throughout take place when a Sith and Jedi masters have a powerful duel which leads to further hate and anger.
The dark side is claiming more and more Jedi by the second.
And all this could've great for another great "Star Wars" classics.
But the movie is has no life or energy. It seems almost indifferent. Like Lucas didn't have his heart (or anything else in this one).
He basically just wanted to get this one out of the way. The only thing he had in this movie is his wallet.
This whole damn movie feels like something he had to just something mandatory he had to get out of the way so he could bridge episodes I and III and continue with the rest of the series.
With the others, you know the filmmakers are giving it everything they had. Here... no one cares. Not even Lucas.
--For Force And Empire, Dane Youssef
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This comment pertains to the edition of `Episode 2' remastered for Imax. My experience with the original viewing of this project was painful, from the horsey acting to the lack of imagination, to the really boring camera. The one unugly element of the film was some of the effects. I thought the big screen would help.
No, it doesn't. All the previously-mentioned flaws are merely exaggerated. Because the entire film was digitally captured at 35mm, the blowup is not at all sharp like it would have been from real film. Its downright blurry. My theater messed up the sound, and I understand from others that the transition from Lucas' own of proprietary brand was not matched.
But the surprise was how bad the effects looked. Many, many sequences that passed on the small big screen looked patently fakey on the big big screen: paintings, mismatched shadows, poor composites, sketchy background action.
If you love film, stay away.
Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 4: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
To the droves of Star Wars fans still out there: Please, please, stop fooling yourselves. I know that it is terribly painful to admit, but this film is NO improvement over Episode I, in fact I saw it as yet another BIG slip in the series. The SW films truly ran out of steam with Return of the Jedi TWO long decades ago. Clones/Episode II has the poorest of everything you can think of...direction (or lack of direction), acting (utterly laughable...the actor, Hayden Christensen, hired to anchor the absolute core of the entire series CAN NOT ACT), plot (oh please), effects (yes, even the tired special effects...how many times can you laser blast the enemy and still get the audience to go "Oooh!"??). Sorry folks, this film is a MAJOR piece of junk. It's not even close to being something worthy of upholding the lore and mystique created by the first two films way back when. And they're making ANOTHER one??? Holy crow...
Painful to watch. A truly dreadful film. A drillion dollars in special effects cannot compensate for two-dimensional, wooden characters and stilted dialogue. Whenever Keanu Reeves finally dies, Hayden Christenson will be the worst actor in the universe. Samuel L. Jackson repeated the role he's used to great success in every film he's ever been in; he takes himself far too seriously. And why haven't these brilliant Jedi Knights ever figured out that if they just put wrist-straps on their light sabers they won't drop them just out of reach every 15 seconds? Yes, the fight scenes and graphics were outstanding. Unfortunately, that's not enough to make a great film. Sorry George, but Elian Gonzales could have done a better job. The money would have been better spent renting the space shuttle and launching Hayden Christenson to a distant galaxy.
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