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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002

Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi...

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I love how they use Vaders theme when Anakin gets angry .. the story have improved since the last film , the visuals have improved as well .. 7/10 .. now on to Episode III . mwahahaha ..

this movie was good but the third was great.which lead to the redoing of lets see all of the star wars movies redone in 3d.which i think will be great.

Anakin and Amidala fall in love, Ewan McGregor grows a beard and Yoda kicks butt. There's also supposed to be hardly any Jar Jar Binks. Already an improvement over The Phantom Menace.

You might not want to read this if you haven't seen it since there is spoiler info throughout.

The very beginning was a bit awkward. Obi-Wan and Anakin saying little jokes that fell really flat. This improved as the movie went on, but at the beginning it did not seem like they were two people that just spent the last 10 years together training everyday. It seemed like they just met a few minutes before.

I guess we are all really dumb and they have to beat us over the head with the romance stick. Did Anakin have to make the statement about thinking about Amidala every day for 10 years before he saw her again? Being that he ended up telling her this later, I think it would have been a tad more natural to see her again and then end up telling her later than just blurting it out every chance he got.

The first chase scene in the beginning through the city was entertaining and the searching through the bar for the killer was good too. The little jedi mind trick was amusing.

Why was Jar Jar even in this movie? I really didn't need to hear that voice again and someone else could have stood in for Amidala during the Senate meetings besides him. He served no purpose in this movie. As annoying as he was in the first one, he had the purpose to be there for entertainment for kids. He didn't do anything like that in this movie. I still never got how he was entertaining for kids. I watched Stars Wars growing up and R2-D2 and Yoda were enough entertainment for me.

Things were a tad slow and weird when it kept switching from Obi-Wan at the diner asking questions about who was trying to assassinate Amidala and then over to Anakin and Amidala in a field and then back to Obi-Wan finding out about the clone army and then the two lovebirds hanging out in front of a fireplace. Not great scene transition there and things just dragged on.

I thought the movie finally picked up when we meet Jango Fett and little Boba Fett. I heard I missed a great fight because I had to use the bathroom. Bad me, I know.

So, I came back into the theater when Anakin and Amidala are on Tatooine looking for his mother. At this point, I'm wondering about him not having any siblings and Amidala doesn't seem to have any and who exactly are the aunt and uncle that raise Luke in Star Wars. Then we meet them. Good timing there.

Then we are back with C-3PO and R2-D2 and things are starting to feel like the old Star Wars again. Anakin goes a tad bit evil when he slaughters all the Tusken Raiders that had kidnapped his mother. Definately picking up in the action finally.

Obi-Wan manages to get himself caught when he spies Dooku (lovely name) heading up the separtist group that plans to kill Amidala. He does get word to Anakin and says to send it back to Windu and Yoda. When they hear word, they tell Anakin and Amidala to stay where they are since they are safe, and they will take care of Obi-Wan. Anakin and Amidala are crazy kids and go after Obi-Wan anyway.

Even though they do end up being captured when they reach Obi-Wan, they still would have arrived there a lot faster than the rest of the Jedis that took their sweet time having a vote before they even left the city. Good rescue team!

Anyway, we have more fun R2-D2 and C-3PO time while C-3PO gets taken apart again (I guess it is really for the first time since Empire Strikes Back hasn't happened yet in the time line) and R2-D2 takes off on his little jets to save Amidala from molten lava-type stuff. Anakin gets his arm caught in some machine and for a bit has his hand and arm become part of a machine before he gets it out. That was some lovely foreshadowing. Then everyone gets caught, they declare their love for one another and then get taken out to be slaughtered. weee!

Now, the quips between Obi-Wan and Anakin are believable. It seems like they have known each other for more than a few minutes so big improvement over the beginning of the movie. The big baddie monsters come out. Big battle ensues while the three of them win over the monster. The droids come out and then the Jedis come to save the day. They fight in the arena, then they move out into the desert area for more fighting with clones against droids. Also, back in the arena, Windu kills Fett. We get to see little Boba Fett hold up his dad's helmet and you just wonder, "Why didn't his head fall out?"

Then we have Anakin and Obi-Wan chasing Dooku to stop him from leaving the planet. He wounds Obi-Wan and cuts off Anakin's hand before Yoda arrives to kick some serious ass. That was hilarious to watch Yoda jump around all over the place and when he was done he went back to walking slowly with a cane (like the little old man I remember beating on R2-D2 in the swamps when he taught Luke).

So Yoda saves those two hooligans from dying but can't stop the dork guy from escaping. Then Yoda goes back to looking disappointed and thinking hard and says something about the clone war just starting. Okie dokie! And then it looks like Anakin and Amidala get married (even though I thought Jedis couldn't marry but what do I know). He does have a crazy new electric hand. Ah, the evil machine is taking over. aaggg!

So overall, what did I think? I thought it was better than The Phantom Menace but wasn't the best movie out there. I loved the first three movies. I saw them in the theaters when they came out (even though the only one I remember is Return of the Jedi. My mom took me to see all of them). I saw them again in the theaters when they were re-released in original form and then saw them again when they were re-released with all the digital stuff added. I have both original and digital- stuff-added forms on video so I like the Star Wars movies.

I thought the first half of the movie dragged. I enjoyed the second half and can't wait to see Anakin turn all evil in the third.
Damn HDTV! It forces me to watch second rate Star Wars films! My precioussssssssss!
this is my second favorite star wars movie, saw it four times in the first two days of release!:D
Very boring. Jeez, I don't know how they could have made such a horrible film.

Even giving them one mark of ten feels like too much.

OK, I'm gonna write this down just so I can be attributed with this quote.

The first two "prequel" star wars can be described as a sine wave, with the height being attributed to how good the movie was at a sample moment.

Episode One was a short sine wave. While there were some dull parts, and there were some good parts, there never were parts that made me want to scatch my eyes out or parts that made me super-plus jump out the chair and SCREAM.

Episode Two was very tall. I loved the Fett/Obi-Wan battle. I loved the Battle of Geonosis. I hated the fucking Anakin/Padme romance. There was rarely a dull spot, but there sure as hell were spots that made me doubt that Lucas even cares about his fans anymore, and spots that made me wish the ride would never stop.

Oh yeah, and I hate my roommate. Carry on.
Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Director: George Lucas (Star Wars)
Players: Hayden Christianson, Natalie Portman, Ewan MacGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee.
Science Fiction- Oh how I miss the fun of the old Star Wars Trilogy. They were so delightful! I have, and no hooey when I say this, watched them each well over 50 times. But these new Star Wars movies... "Wha' happen'?" Lucas seems to have lost his creative touch. They are overly CGId, with scripts as stiff as a holy roller evangelist, and the acting is so bad it makes my ears bleed to even listen to them, and my eyes bleed to watch them. And worse yet, I get kicks out of some parts of them and am drawn back to them like a moth to a lamp just to watch those scenes. In The Phantom Menace, I was in rhapsody as I watched Darth Maul duel Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. In Attack of the Clones I laugh every time I see Yoda kick some hiney with a lightsaber. Do they salvage the films? Hell no. But they do make them get the 7/10 on my Rotten Tomatoes rating which is most often found with stupidly fun movies. And that's what these Star Wars prequels are: Stupidly Fun.
In Clones, Anakin (Hayden Christianson) has grown up. He went from being an irritating little boy to an irritating dum dum pop. Hayden delivers his lines so woodenly I dub him plywood. This is partly the fault of the awful script. If I ever hear "Mind your feelings my padawan" or "Everything is going as planned" again, I might have a psychosomatic hernia. So as I was saying, Annie has grown up under the tutelage of Obi-Wan (Ewan MacGregor). So he's assigned to protect his romantic interest, Padme (Natalie Portman) from Seditionists from the Republic. After much meandering around, the Republic and the Seditionists, led by Count Dooku (played by Christopher Lee. I feel the irresistable temptation to call him Dookey), clash in a big overblown CGI battle that was very exciting the first time around and very hollow the second. And the movie ends with the Clone Wars beginning.
The thing I hate about these new Star Wars movies is how empty and soulless they are. The scripts (as I've now said too much) are stiff, and way to utilitarian. It's like "We don't have anything fun to say, so mind your feelings my padawan." One thing that I loved about the originals was how fun and campy the scripts were. These new ones take themselves tooooo seriously.
The CGI in this one is OK, but very obviously CGI. Jar Jar is thankfully reduced to a bit role ("Woo hoo! Wesa not have to watcha him anymore, hey?"), but he still places his frightening presence upon the movie like a sumo wrestler presses his weight on his opponent. No development except for Anakin's "I am an angry man now!" thing is apparent, with all the characters acting like a committee of tea cup collectors (don't ask where I'm getting all these weird analogies. They're just popping into my head like Grey Poupon. "Poupon the salad."), in other words more boring than they were in The Phantom Menace as a committee of dirt collectors (don't ask, hon).
So what does it all mean? In the end? These prequels are unworthy! I miss the good ol' Star Wars. Even the way things look in these just don't add up to how things did in the old ones. Everything had so much character, from the spaceships, right down to Han Solo's pistol. Everything was like made to fit. It looked like the characters actually owned the things they used instead of just got it from the props department. The ships looked travel-worthy and decidedly deadly, whereas the new ones look like you could shoot a pretzel at it and it'd blow up (Dookey flies around in a spaceship with a sail!?) and look much more like a little something you'd put up for decoration on your dresser (if you're that type of person, which I hope you're not).
So after all this groaning and moaning, did I like this movie. Not in any manner except for it was fun to watch when I was bored one snowy afternoon and had only my toenail clippings to amuse me otherwise. I doubt I'll watch it again. Twice was quite enough. (PG)
-reviewed by Samurai Sword

By the time the second of the highly anticipated Star Wars prequels hit theaters the backlash from the overhyped, but overly criticized first film was at it's zenith. George Lucas pretty much had to recreate the wheel to get an even break and he didn't do that, but he did make a really fun and overall good sci-fi picture. The film serves as the middle of the trilogy and does a decent job of turning the page from the beginning to end, and introduces us to some very striking new worlds and a few new characters.

Again we're presented with a film that is visually spectacular. This was the first major movie picture to be filmed digitally and it was a huge success, especially on DVD. I think this film suffers from over-CGI look and use more than the first prequel, but nothing like some would make it out to be. It was noticeable at times, but not distracting.

Why do I really think this film works for me? Two words: Ewan McGregor. In the first film he was given nothing to do, but now that he's one of the 3 major leads he gives by far the best performance of these prequels. He uses his natural charm to give off that aura of intelligence, thought and control, which is exactly what Jedi should be. He is also in all the best sequences like the Coruscant Chase, the two great battles with Jango Fett, both man-to-man combat and the dogfight in the asteroid field, and then my favorite moments of his are when he takes on that giant crab creature. Mainly, his was a role of almost constant action (though he handled the dialogue scenes better than the rest as well), which was the strongpoint of this film.

What are the film's dissapointments? The mainly settle on the fact that the non-action sections seem to drag the pacing to a halt. The romance is hard enough to buy since the characters have been so seperated, but the scenes all end up slow and cheesy thanks to the situations and dialogue. Their bonding I think would have been best brought out through adventures together ala Han and Leia (SW geeks of course demand every romance be just like Han and Leia). Both Portman and Christensen have shown enough acting talent that I have to pin that one on the director. It's workable and all, but all these scenes that should have been the emotional center leave us longing for more lightsabers. I think here is a ideal place where the trilogy didn't seem to be thought out enough and I think the characters should have been the same age and had more direct interaction in the first film. Again I think Portman has way too many costume changes, I mean come on! Still, I love Portman and seeing her in the white jumpsuit was grand, wasn't it. As with the rest, these two were best in the action parts. Knowing their talent, they probably will pick it up in Episode III.

When I saw the first prequel film I had no experience with this internet fanboy world and I think Clones was less surprising in many ways the first time I saw Phantom Menace. I new pretty much what was going to unfold and how. For this reason I'm going spoiler free for Episode III to get the best experience possible. It certainly didn't ruin it, but didn't help it. I still thought what I had heard about played out well and the action sequences especially were thrilling to see brought to life. Still, it's impossible to watch Yoda do his thing and not walk out of the theater with a giant grin on your face.