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That's pretty much the general sentiment about the Episode II, but I would
have to disagree because that would imply that The Phantom Menace was any
good. A better assessment might be that Attack of the Clone was no worse.
It's basically a bunch of long drawn out sequences involving indiscernible
politics (except, perhaps, to the fanatics) and a painfully forced romance,
plus another annoying scene involving a fat, four-armed alien in a diner,
punctuated by a string of action sequences that just barely save this film
from being a total waste of $9.25.
But one other thing that kind of spoils Star Wars for me is that Boba Fett is given an origin. I don't know about anyone else but I thought the one thing that was cool about Fett was that he was just this bounty hunter sent by Jabba the Hutt to capture Han Solo. Period. He didn't seem to have to do anything with the Jedi; he only entered the picture because of Solo. He was a character that seemed to exist apart from the whole Jedi storyline and simply was doing a job for a powerful gangster. That made the Star Wars mythos richer for me, the idea that the Jedi storyline wasn't the only thing going on in the universe. Now ATotC has gone and entwined his story with that of the Jedi and it suddenly all seems less plausible. Now, presumably, Boba Fett will exact his revenge by killing some Jedi or some such but then what? In eps IV-VI, we see him as *just* a bounty hunter and, considering the import attached to him in ep II, his death in ep VI (falling into a living pit) comes across as anti-climactic. Just my impression...
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WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. IN FACT, THE MOVIE ITSELF WAS SPOILED!
A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi The Phantom Menace.... These are all pretty cool names, which is fitting, seeing as how Star Wars is the coolest movie series ever created by man. Then, we get Attack of the Clones. The name alone is disapointing. I think that the brilliant writer who created the characters of luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the like could come up with a better name than that, but unfortunately, the lame name is not the only problem with this movie. Problem number one is with the characters. The battle droids were bad enough in episode one, but then Lucas had to revive the walking scrap heaps for this one too, in which they were much dumber, and more boring, even the new, re-vamped "super battle droids". I mean, if the frickin gungans could wipe these guys out in ep. 1, why did the Jedi have such a hard time. Which brings me to another lame character. actually, multiople lame characters. The jedi in this movie were crap. Except for Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi Wan, all we saw were a bunch of tentacle-headed, retarded looking alien farts with lightsabers. AND WHY THE CRAP WAS JAR JAR IN THIS PICTURE!?!?!?!?!?! Lucas must know that anyone above the age of two and a half hated Binks' guts. If he had to put him in the movie, he should at least killed him off. But no! Now we'll probably be stuck with binks in ep. 3, and even in the NEW SUPER ULTRA SPECIAL EDITION STAR WARS, in which he will be digitally imposed into the original trilogy as a special cameo. Great. Wonderful. Just what we need. Problem number 2. Okay, don't get me wrong, I love computer effects as much as the next guy, but there is such a thing as TOO MUCH!!! For cryin out loud, now even Yoda has to be cgi. I can understand a computer animated yoda for the fight scene, but throughout the rest of the movie, the only vestige of the real Yoda is Frank Oz's brilliant voicing. I mean, if they could make it look great with puppets in the 70's, why can't they now? Problem numero 3. Hayden Crapstensen. That is how i will now refer to this stinkbomb of an actor. No, not even an actor. A glamourized pretty boy who happens to look a little like what jake Lloyd may look like ten years from now. This guy was whinier, wimpier, and all around annoying-er than even Jar Jar. I absoluytely hated every scene he was in, which is sad, because most of his scenes were alongside Ewan McGregor, whose brilliant (as always) performance was the only thing that kept me alive during the movie. Now, dont get me wrong, there were still some good things about this flick. number one, Jango Fett. This guy was so cool, it made me forget what a retard young boba was in this movie. number 2, Mace Windu. Now, im not a big fan of sam JAckson, but he was just plain awesome as the coolest jedi ever to walk the streets of Coruscant. Number 3, Obi Wan Kenobi. The sole voice of reason, logic, and sanity in this movie. Too bad the action figure looks like it came out of a happy meal. And of Course, number 4, YODA! I only wish we could have seen him fighting more, because the short duel with the geriatrics poster boy Christopher Lee (who is a fine actor, but was duped into playing a lame character) was just not enough to satisfy my craving for midgit swordplay.
Overall, out of a possible 10, I give Attack of the Clones a 3
Good grief,Charlie Brown! Where do we begin? Let's get this straight from the beginning. I am a huge Star Wars fan. I have been one since the first one came out in 1977. I remember it well. I was 8 months pregnant. My husband was looking for a new job. It was his birthday. We could just about afford the matinée price for the two of us and for an a little less than two hours,we were entertained and trouble-free. It was a marvelous full-bodied movie. The second and third movies in the then trilogy proved to be just as entertaining. Who can forget Jabba the Hutt? Or the famous bar scene? So many imitators have paid homage in the past 30 years. Some fondly,some badly. THIS movie would have to fall in the very badly category. Note to whomever mucked up this( these) sequels: Special effects can no longer carry a movie . You still need a decent script,interesting characters,lines that make sense,and (now here's the big one) ACTORS WHO WEREN'T PICKED FOR LOOKS ALONE! I refer of course to Anikin and Padme. No spoiler from me as to what happens. I couldn't care less. Teenage angst and hormones - give me a break. Buffy the Vampire Slayer delivered it better each and every week in 45 minutes between Spike and Buffy and and Buffy and Angel. This is mindless crap.
It took a while for me to figure out what really turned me off about the
last two Star Wars episodes. Sure there are the obvious things like bad
acting and go-nowhere scripts, as well as uninspired and unimaginitive
dialogue, but there was something else. Then, it hit me.
It was the cartoons! Call them CGI, call them what you will, they're cartoons in every sense of the word. There is hardly a scene in the last two Star Wars episodes without some kind of corny cartoonish Disneyesque figure dancing about in some exaggerated way.
What's wrong with cartoons on the screen? People don't take them seriously, and when you can't take what's happening on screen seriously it becomes hard to suspend your disbelief.
The first three movies relied on human actors, and the aliens were humans in alien costumes, not computer graphics. Conversations between human characters and computer generated cartoons don't work, and come off looking quite silly. I think in a few years we'll look back on the infancy of this media with a touch of disdain. Episode I and II, and probably III will not have the timeless appeal of IV, V, and VI because of it.
When I go to see a Star Wars movie I expect to see a Star Wars movie, not Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Sorry Roger, no disrespect).
Bring back the people! Lose the cartoonish "busyness" in every shot!
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Whatever you thought about Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, whatever you disliked about Jar Jar Binks or the little child Anakin had been in the first part of this spectacular space saga, forget you must about all your concerns! I had the possibility to watch Episode II this night at about 1:00 o'clock in the city of Munich/Germany at a charity preview screening! What I saw some 13 hours ago is the movie of the movies, the movie every true fan and every moviegoer has waited for! This time director George Lucas managed to deliver a fine performance in directing, storytelling and visualization of the great events that take place in this 2 hours 22 minutes thrill-ride I'd like to call the second best Star Wars movie of all time which means that this is the second best movie of all time (after the original Episode IV - but, hey, I've only seen it one time until now so things could hint at a No. 1 spot in my personal list!). The movie's atmosphere is far more darker than that of Episode I and I think that Episode II is even darker than Episode V. The galaxy's in a real turmoil, because of the separatists that want to leave the Republic. The story has a wonderful pace I'd like to compare with Episode IV. There's not a single second one feels bored or one feels strange about anything. All the different subplots are developed perfectly and find their climax in a gigantic battle in the end of the movie. The actors all deliver excellent performances. Especially Hayden Christensen's performance marks the perfect portrayal of the later Darth Vader. You can really feel his inner battle with the dark side. He is a good person with a good heart, but certain things make him turn. In Episode II, during one of the highlights of the movie, Anakin is confronted with his first dark actions. It will take your breath away, I promise you! Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor do a great job and keep up the fine pace of the movie. McGregor gets to do a lot this time and some of his quotations will be remembered! The hidden star of the movie, now one can deny that, is Yoda. Yes, you heard it right, Yoda. The Jedi-Master shows the audience why he is the greatest Jedi of all time and also proves that the advance of digital animation can't be stopped...... The Special Effects are totally exciting, excellent and brilliant, but they never stand above the story, no, they drive the story forward and underline all the aspects of the movie. The CG-characters in this movie look so realistic (especially Yoda) that you just won't believe it. Compared with Spider-Man (a very good movie, too!) where the animated Spider-Man can be recognized during a lot of scenes as an animation Episode II's CG-characters interact perfectly with the real actors. And talking about technical aspects...... I didn't see any hint that the pictures were entirely shot digitally! The picture looks brilliant, colourful and very rich! The sound effects are superb and John Williams' score perfectly underlines this motion picture experience! What else to say than well, I already have my tickets for the midnight premiere on Wednesday/Thursday and I'll again enjoy a hell of thrill-ride watching this movie that tells us a story of good versus evil from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... May the force be with you! Always!
I really want to know whay some think we have to "face facts" that is is a horrid movie. In the cinema world there is NO SUCH THING as "FACT", either on the screen or on a critic's page. It's OPINION, no matter who's giving it. I knew what to expect, mediocre dialogue, whacky characters, "bad feelings", but also GREAT visuals, great mythology, and SUPERB action, so I just accept that this is to serve the purpose of "escapism". In the drama department, I felt it was the best of the series. The romance was forced but Anakin's emotions were as genuine as I've ever seen any actor deliver. Hayden a bad actor? You have the Golden Globe people and the Screen Actors Guild to debate with on that one. And I'll gladly debate with the Razzie people, they're wannabe iconoclasts more than they're critics. Get off your critic High Horse, and leave room for those who can appreciate what any movie has to offer.
Attack of the Clones, the second episode of the prequel trilogy, is the
one where the new Star Wars episodes actually started, because the
movie still is a Star Wars episode, but it doesn't have that SW feel to
it that the original episodes and Phantom Menace had.
The story takes place 10 years after the events from Phantom Menace. Anakin (Hayden Christensen)is now a grown up Padawan. He's assigned to protect Padme, after several assassination attempts have been foiled. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan' investigation takes him to Kamino, where a army for the Republic, made entirely out of clones, has been prepared. It also seems that the Trade Federation has a darker power and a wider influence that the Republic could have imagined.
The plot evolves pretty slowly from "intersting, but boring" in the beginning to " amazing!" in the end. The first part is mainly about Obi-Wan's investigation and Ani's ongoing romance with Padme. And I swear, the romance scenes are so cheesy and frequent, they simply get on the viewer's nerves.
Hayden Christensen is another hated actor of the series. Yes, he's not convincing or strong, but he does have some moments. I could list other actors that didn't do their best, but I'll just shut up.
Attack of the Clones also introduces us to little Boba Fett and his father, Jango Fett, Owen and Beru and a new Sith - Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). He's intimidating, but that's just because of his voice. The battle scenes, which are mainly towards the end are spectacular, we can clearly notice that both the Republic and the Trade Federation got more powerful.
Here's another fact: this is the first Star Wars movie in which Yoda is fully CGI. Is that good? He is now more expressive, and he participates in a battle scene, so it is. Imagine a battle scene with puppet Yoda...
One more complaint: the droids are in the movie, but R2 is the only useful one. 3PO has absolutely no use! He just argues with R2 and gets himself into trouble, while contributing nothing to the plot. He's the Jar-Jar of the movie (except Jar-Jar did help our heroes). Speaking of him, he's present too, but this time he's barely on the screen, so he's no longer part of the problem.
Overall, Attack of the Clones is a step forward, combining a slow, but detailed and well-done plot with excellent effects and average acting, horrible romance scenes and great battle scenes.
Final Score: 3.5/5 or 7/10
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I remember when i was 11 and watched this film in theaters. I loved it
and i still do now tat i'm 17. I loved the romance between anakin and
padme (even more than the one between leia and han in episodes 5 and
6), it was touching. I love the anakin character since he is an easy
one to relate to. Some people think hayden did a bad job but i kinda
disagree (i remember him giving me the creeps in the tusken raider
slaughter scene back in the theater. the story was great and i
absolutely loved the ending (the wedding and the start of the clone
i don't agree with anyone that says that the people suck and i never will. i think the prequels are well done and give the saga more drama, more depth and make it more epic. if you hate this film or any of the other star wars films (even episode 1) then there's no talking to you.
thanks george for the amazing gift of sixamazing star wars films (clone wars is not much of a movie to me) and also four adventurous indiana jones movies.
I think that based on story, excitement and character development, this
is one ranks the bottom out of all 6 of the Star Wars films. While the
special effects and action were good, the character development wasn't
there, and the story was rather boring. Here, Queen Padmé Amidala
(Natalie Portman) is now a Senator representing her home planet of
Naboo in the Galatic Republic. A faction of political separatists, led
by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), wants to assassinate her. In the
mist, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewen McGregor) continues to train Anakin
Skywalker (Hayden Christianson) to become a Jedi, but it is apparent
that he would probably break the Jedi Code due to his growing love
interest with Amidala. What results is poor screen comprehension
between Skywalker and Amidala, and this film was drags on for too long
to be focusing on the love interest between the two. This film also
lacks the charm and excitement that the other films have. A few actions
scenes were quite good, especially the one between Yoda and Count
Dooku. The sceneries were also beautiful, especially the scenes of the
Naboo palace - gorgeous landscape and cinematography.
Overall, this movie definitely needs more of the Force.
When a movie has so many CGI effects that it starts to look like a
Playstation video game, you know it's not convincing. This is one of
the problems with George Lucas's "Star Wars" prequels, and it certainly
shows in its middle chapter, "Attack of the Clones." The final battle
on Planet Geonosis is indicative of this problem, as we watch hordes of
Storm Troopers flying in spaceships blasting away at the enemy's
spherical vehicles, resulting in bright, fluorescent explosions. It was
just too much for my senses to take in. Models and puppets were far
more interesting to watch than this.
The plot, unfortunately, also suffers from the same problem of the special effects: to many things going on at once that the audience can't keep up. Lucas should definitely have hired a brilliant screenwriter to cut away the byzantine political intrigues and tortuous plot turns that hamper the action and flow of the movie. Lucas should have stuck to a more linear and straightforward plot line that followed in the footsteps of the original "Star Wars" movies. A talented writer could have made the prequels truly epic and worth the hundreds of millions that they made.
The acting, in contrast to the storyline and special effects, was rather dull. Hayden Christensen, as "Annie" Skywalker, seemed rather bored with his role as the main protagonist. Natalie Portman, as beautiful as she is to behold on the screen, is also deadpan and flat as Anakin's love interest, Queen Amidala. The chemistry fails to fizzle, and, as many others have commented, Lucas simply did not write good dialogue for the love scenes between Anakin and Amidala. Ewan McGregor is a fairly better actor than either, and does fine as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but is not as good as he would be in the final "Star Wars" movie, "Revenge of the Sith." We hardly see any of Ian McDiarmand as the Evil Emperor, so we miss his potential as a compelling villain. One bright note is Christopher Lee as Count Dokoo. He seems a bit deadpan, but his magisterial British accent and snide sneers at a captive Obi-Wan Kenobi are fun to watch. Thankfully, Lucas took a hint and cut the execrable Jar Jar Binks character to nothing more than limited cameos. A few good scenes include the speeder chase in Coruscant and the arena battle with the computer-generated monsters, which seem like a direct homage to Ray Harryhausen's creations. The latter brought a melancholy hint of nostalgia to me, as it seems fantasy movies have declined rapidly since Harryhausen's day.
This movie is nowhere near as brilliant as "Empire Strikes Back," the best overall "Star Wars" movie; "Return of the Jedi," which had the best settings and special effects; or "Star Wars," the original, with brilliant acting by Alec Guinness and Harrison Ford. In short, "Attack of the Clones" is a baroque, garish light show which has little to recommend to it save for a few choice, disconnected scenes. It's not too terrible, but it's not that good, either.
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