Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002)

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Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement and the beginning of the Clone Wars. --TMDb
Review by bluemeanie
Added: June 02, 2005
I don't know what it was about the new "Star Wars" that I didn't like--oh yeah, not a damn thing. In the grand tradition of George Lucas, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" rivals "The Empire Strikes Back" as the greatest of all the "Star Wars" films. It is beautiful to look at, exciting, and surprising. I waited in line for fifteen hours to see a special midnight showing of the film at 12:01 midnight on May 16, and it was well worth the blistering heat and lack of entertainment. When I left the theatre following the show, I was upset that I had to wait until 2005 for the final installment. And, being the incredible "Star Wars" junkie that I am, I can safely say that 'true' fans will not be disappointed.

The film is essentially told in two halves--one a slow-paced, intriguing investigation/love story, and the other a high-powered attack and climax. The film opens with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker returning to the Senate to help protect Padme/Senator Amidala, who has had several attempts on her life. The first half of the film involves Obi-Wan searching for the person behind the attacks on the Senator's life, and Anakin's attempts to strike a romantic relationship with the woman he has been obsessing about for ten years. Meanwhile, we are presented with beautiful and lush scenery, and only 5 minutes or so of the less than lovable Jar Jar Binks.

The second half of the film deals with Anakin's returning to his native planet of Tatooine in order to discover why he has been having terrible dreams about his mother. It also involves Obi-Wan traveling to the planet of Camino to inspect a clone army and discovering that a bounty hunter named Jango-Fett has been behind the attacks on Amidala, that none of the Jedi has known about. Eventually, after Obi-Wan is captured by the formerly good Jedi turned dark lord Prince Dooku , Amidala and Anakin travel to rescue him, only to encounter certain 'problems' themselves. Then all hell breaks loose. The Jedi force, led by Mace Windu, come to the rescue, resulting in one of the most spectacular battle sequences ever captured. I won't go any further about the ending of the film, and just who picks up a light saber, but I will say that it is the best ending to any "Star Wars" film yet.

A lot of puzzles are answered in this film, many questions that we had throughout Episodes IV-VI. We learn more about the sinister Darth Sidius, are shown how R2D2 and C3PO become such good friends, and even see how Anakin Skywalker stars becoming the machine which is Darth Vader. The special effects are extraordinary, with Yoda being done entirely in CGI graphics, and zero animatronics, which adds more life and character to the creature. And, as already reported in the press, Samuel L. Jackson finally gets his chance to show his light saber skills, which are thoroughly enjoyable.

George Lucas has created a film that should delight all "Star Wars" fans. I noticed, however, that--during the first hour--some people seemed a little bored and restless. Afterwards, I learned that many thought the film had somewhat of a slow beginning. I guess it was just me, because I was hooked from beginning to end. I enjoyed watching the romance between Anakin and Amidala grow into fruition, and I especially enjoyed watching Christopher Lee soak up every ounce of villainy he could in the role of Dooku, an arguably better villain than the too easily killed Darth Maul. The only thing that bothered me upon leaving the theatre as that I couldn't see the final film sooner, instead of having to wait three more years for another fix.

This is an excellent film, featuring the best special effects ever created and some of the best performances in any "Star Wars" flick. Though there have been several negative reviews (one of which by the increasingly moronic Roger Ebert) of this film, and I haven't been able to agree with a single point any of them has made--not because I am such a huge fan (though I am), but because, after watching the film, I realized that none of them have a foundation. They are just lame attempts to try and bring down and heavily hyped film, after kissing "Spider-Man's" ass all over the place. This film is a marvel, and is a fitting addition to the greatest film franchise in movie history. 10/10.
dadarulz #1: dadarulz - added 06/06/2005, 09:16 PM
If you cut the middle part of the movie with all the cheezy love scenes with Anakin and Amidalla running in the field with waterfalls on the background and all, you get a pretty decent movie. The scenes on Camino and the final battle are pretty well done with decent acting, but please, Lucas, stop trying to guide your actors, you're terrible at that.
BuryMeAlive #2: BuryMeAlive - added 06/20/2005, 10:48 AM
Awsome, of course, it is Star Wars.
MrDerp #3: MrDerp - added 09/20/2005, 04:55 PM
The only thing I didn't like about this one, was the overuse of special effects. In most areas you can clearly tell it was made on a computer, and it doesn't even look real. Other than that, good movie.
Lucid Dreams #4: Lucid Dreams - added 07/11/2010, 02:15 AM
I know what MrDerp means, why couldn't it be like it was 40 years ago with the real aliens and ships in space. Anyways, this movie bored me. 4/10
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