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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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this was better than the first one but still lacking what the original Star Wars film had.
That moment when you realize that Count Dooku was actually the good guy.
Anyone notice static in the low quality audio? Especially during bass parts.
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.

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.
The only thing missing from this movie was a good lightsaber duel
Speed 04/02/04

A great adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel. Some say the ending should be before it is, although I like the half twist, and it pushes the story to a more satisfying climax cinematically.
Film: 8/10
Video: 8/10
Audio: 5/10
Extras: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10
I always thought Star wars as a Space Opera or a Mythological Tale with Politics, not a sci fi. Star wars has become a much bigger tale than good vs evil. It has become about Destiny, Return, How to treat your fellow man, Rise and Fall of a democracy contrasting with the Rise and fall of a human Being, to keep sanity and compassion from the chaos of the world, living together for mututal advantage, symbioic relationships, i can go on. The Story is so captivating in episode 2 The Poltical side of star wars is great.The rise of Palpatine and the fall of the republic a lot like the fall of the roman republic, Lucas has definately read his Julius Caesar. The Love story which is beautifully photgraphed and told visually and musically.The Obi wan investigation almost feels like a Noir and in the end all hell breaks loose.Why i call this the best star wars film. Lucas Direction and Photgraphy is beautiful. And the soundtrack beautifully accompinies the story, and like always is like that 2nd script. People forget i think that Films are a Visual Medium, not a literary medium. People complain about dialogue, but the dialouge is just like music, it hits certain notes and those notes can be repeated. It is truly not the most important aspect to cinema,the PURE Cinema.I think Society now lives on Dialogue Driven Movies.
Star wars was never ever about Dialogue and IMO, the dialogue isn't so trashfully bad, sometimes people overexxagerate, watch the classic trilogy.

Star wars acting is much more Operatic, if you have ever seen an opera, you would know what i mean. It's not Schindlers List.The way Lucas uses his colors, his enviroments, his depth of field and the shots really TELL the story. And the music accompinies it beautifully.The Love Story which is everyone thinks is so increddibly bad, and which i dont. Again, the way lucas shoots this visually, the way he uses colors, the way he cuts it is beautifully. Where they go to open grassy fields where they feel open and cleansed by the water. Her attraction grows, she takes his fruit, the sweetness of life. The Love Story is beautifully told, they both have different persona's. But they have an attraction to each other, they feel open with each other. Anakin thinks of her like Water, shes very soothing, she wears a lot of blues and white.
People Complain about how many Outfits shes wearing, its a MOVIE, its an Illusion, she expresses herself thrugh clothing, the color, the way she is dressed. In the beggining of the movie, she feels very clausterphobic with a bar around her neck, she cant give her emotions out, once it comes to the fire place seen, she has 2 sides, personal side and her political side, and again she has a chain around her neck, can she be selfish and give in emotionally or just she have to stay as a political intellectual. This love story is much more operatic and Courtly.
The enviroments like Kamino, Coruscant, Tattoine, Naboo and Geonosis fill this Episode with Visual Beauty.The Intercutting from a very quiet, Sterile, and stormy planet Kamino to Naboo really shows what is Beauty and what is NOT. Naboo is that Paradise. We have Coruscant which is very clausterphobic and a labryinth, it's a RED hell at the end of the movie. And the Red Geonosis couldnt be more perfect, the start of bloodshed and WAR. This Movie is so underrated. And people still complain about CGI, Film is ART, do you go to a Van Gogh paiting and go, THAT LOOKS FAKE, many of these shots feel like the Romantic Period, Art deco Periods.
But the most amazing things to me in this episode are all the visual elements that add depth to the characters in ways other than through snappy dialog. First, let me say that I have always felt, that you can't turn the dialog of Star Wars into Gone with the Wind without making it lose appeal to kids. I respect and admire Lucas' desire to make this a movie for all ages. He succeeds so well here where few other filmmakers won't even go.

But we get so much of the character depth through so many non-speaking media. I loved seeing Anakin "playing" with the force, like when he was floating Padme's pear. This is something we've never seen before with any Jedi, and it's such a simple but strong clue to his personality.

And who couldn't fall in love in a setting like the Naboo lake? The designers so successfully mapped out the emotions Anakin and Padme were feeling with the serene crystal lake, the stirring waterfall and the fire better than any dialog, which almost has to be banal, could ever do.
Certain Directors have their own style, Lucas is a visual artful filmaker, use his colors, enviroments, costumes, camera in such a beautiful way.

This is pure Truth and Beauty!

What can I say? Rewatched Star Wars 2, and I must admit, it was fantastic! Ewan McGregor has turned from annoying person in the first film, to a really strong character. How he killed that Preying Mantis type creature was fantastic, and I think he's done justice to the role.

Anakin (Hayden Christensen) however, and his love affair with Queen Amadala was rubbish, to say the least, it was crap to start off with, but when they were in the arena, it was "awwww... they're in love". That's I think where George went wrong in this, the love wasn't there to begin with, but once they were together, it was magical.

The whole plot leaves you with more questions than you started. All about the clones war, which starts at the end of this movie. Is Emperor Palpatine really Darth Sidious? What is Count Dooku's role in this whole thing? Will Yoda get to kick ass again? Well, I must admit, the CG creatures in this film are exceptional. In Episode I they didn't have it, but in this one, you can really believe they're there sometimes, and I must admit, the creatures for the arena were realistic.

Boba and Jango Fett come into it, discovering their connection in this whole Star Wars saga. And the funny joke that Obi-Wan mentions to Anakin "I have a feeling you'll be the death of me someday", which is infact true, is added fun. C-3P0 is annoying, but most of the time, he always is. I think this movie, including the title, is one of the Star Wars greats, in my opinion. I loved it, it was dark, it had tons of action, and he didn't keep jumping from one battle to another, like in Star Wars 1. I think if George keeps this up, Episode 3 is gonna be AWESOME
They are good movies on their own, but of course don't have to do anything with the "real" old Star Wars. Episode II was a lot better though (not the light saber battle with Yoda that is)
WOOOOT! Star Wars rules all!!!:up:
Better than good, great.
Nice day #3.

I'm getting used to this.

Just a short entry to keep this thing updated. Added alot of movies for my cache.

Now I'm going outside to write. I'll have updates on the script soon.
Good Morning and Happy Easter:
I now turn my attention to George Lucas and Star Wars. Star Wars is a special type of movie for me. I can remember at age four sitting in the theater watching Empire. For me the experience lasted a life time, and could be why I went into film school.

I'm not here to debate the original trilogy...things have been said for years about those three movies and I doubt I could add to those opinions. What I do want to do is discuss how the prequels should have been better.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
This movie should have been better. Darth Maul was an intriging character...that had nothing to do for most of the film. He barely uttered a word. I mean he was a bad ass terminator mother f***er. Yet, a Padawan defeats him with a single swipe. Rubbish! Overall, I like this better than Clones or Jedi. The rising of the Emperor was interesting to watch...and the Podraces are pretty cool. Furthermore, the Duel of the Fates was the best light saber battle yet! But...I felt deflated as I left the theater. There was something missing. Call it Bobo Fettish (haha). Darth Maul had the ability to be a GREAT character...but Ol' George killed him off.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
This one was alright...I mean, it's nothing to get too excited about. Here are the problems as I see them.
Unbelievable romance between Anakin and Padme. I mean, these two had the romance of the ages from a galaxy far, far away. But, who would believe that after seeing this movie?
Anakin killing the Tusken Sandpeople. Show don't tell is the carnal rule for film. We see Anakin slice a few Sandpeople and then have to see the weakest dialogue in the film: "Women...children...I killed them all...They're animals!! ."
Jango Fett. Jango was super cool...but why, o why, can't the Fett family afford better jet packs? Jesus Christ!
The Arena Battle. C-3PO is an add-on in the prequels. He has nothing to do. He singlehandedly ruined a compelling scene with his annoying "comic relief". I realize that Lucas makes the films for children too, but please don't ruin a good scene with Threepio again.
Yoda. He limps in to fight Christopher Lee, then flies around with The Force aiding him in a light saber duel...then grabs his cane and limps away again.
Mace Windu. A waste of Samuel L. Jackson's talents.
I just hope Episode Three will be better than all of the above films.
Some people think that there is NO movie that I don't like. Well I'm here to tell you that there are. A few prime examples:



Yes, Radio. I saw this just out of curiousity, and it turned out to be horrible. Cuba Gooding Jr. makes himself look stupid as Radio, and the dialogue is absolutely jaw-dropping. Plus, the only other time I've seen sap like that was stuck to a tree in my backyard! {shameless attempt at being funny}. But just remember, we weren't teaching Radio; Radio was teaching us.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones


WORST. LOVE STORY. EVER. Well, in the ranks of the Pearl Harbor love story, anyway, with some of the worst dialogue I have ever heard in movies. Great visuals, though.

The Hot Chick

1/2* out of ****

My cousin and sister love this, I watched it whenever they did because I was bored, and guess what? It wasn't funny at all. Plus this film made my hatred for Rob Schneider begin, and I've hated him ever since he made this turdpile.


*1/2 out of ****

A Fatal Attraction knockoff that had atrocious acting, and it was only 90 mintues, yet seemed like 4 hours.
Long winded and, dare I say, rather boring until the final 30 minutes, Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones suffers from 'second-in-the-series syndrome' -- the film in a series that is heavy on exposition and set-up (and light on action) for the film to follow. Which is not to say that SWII is a bad film, it's just not a very interesting one.

What strikes me about this installment is how dated the SW films are beginning to feel. The amazing technology that George Lucas and company pioneered 20-some years ago feels much less so now. The special effects that used to wow me now elicit a response more akin to a yawn. Granted, the effects incorporated into the recent episodes are a far cry superior to their older counterparts, but they are less impressive than effects used in other films i.e. The Matrix series.

The other issue I have with the films is how similar they are to one another. There is very little originality from one episode to the next. Each seems to be following a pretty standard formula that incorporates some sort of chase scene with futuristic vehicles (the one here is very reminiscent of the one in The Fifth Element), the capture of at least one leading character, a large-scale battle, and the final showdown between the good and bad guys. There is little in the way of surprises and that's unfortunate given that the audience already knows where the plot is headed.

SWII receives a mixed response from me. It was very slow in places and I was disappointed with the way the romance between Anakin and Padme was handled. She moves from feeling uncomfortable with the way he looks at her to swapping spit with him in the space of a few hours. It all develops too quickly, as if the writers felt the need to rush through it to keep all the fan-boys from growing uncomfortable with all the sappy love stuff. Many of the performances were sub-par, as well. A feeling of lethargy pervades the film in terms of the acting and a few seem to be simply going through the motions.

On the plus side, the clone battle is impressively staged and worth the 90 or so minutes it takes to arrive. Ditto the showdown between Dooku, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda -- with the latter rocking the house with a series of lithe and nimble moves.

Much of what makes SWII less than great can be forgiven due to its 'middle-child' status, but it remains something of a disappointment. Let's hope that the forthcoming 3rd Episode can reclaim the glory that the franchise is famous for.
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