Saturday, December 12, 2015

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode 2- Attack of the Clones

The love story sequel from the prequel trilogy is most likely the weakest of the series though it boast some impressive actions sequences and stellar special effects. Anakin Skywalker is played by Hayden Christensen who gives the weakest lead performance of the series. From what I remember, George Lucas wanted to hire a relative unknown but his gambit did not pay off. 

Many parts of the story don't seem to add up with the original trilogy as if the writer didn't think it was pertinent to remember how the plot worked. The most important thing that Lucas wanted to accomplish was establishing the romantic relationship between Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala and Skywalker.

The settings get explored further as Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi plays detective to hunt down the bounty hunter Jango Fett played by Temuera Morrison who serves as the template for the titular clones that spark the Clone Wars that had been rumored about in the older episodes. 

After the awesome lightsaber battle of the first episode, the second doesn't come with quite the same action but Count Dooku shows of his dark side power and Yoda even gets in on the laser sword action flipping and swiping. Christopher Lee plays a great villain. 

On this recent viewing, I noticed some now famous actors that had minor roles like Rose Byrne as Padme's handmaiden and Joel Edgerton as the future Uncle Owen Lars. Star Wars was the birth of a lot of careers and I'm looking forward to the new actors in the upcoming film. 

As I mention before, the action scenes are mesmerizing. The final battle of clones versus battle droids on Geonosis and all the Jedi's lightsabers and blasters made this one of the most exciting scenes. A great speeder chase through Coruscant at the start is also pretty awesome to watch. The middle suffers from a bit of a slow stretch but a cool fight on the water planet Camino between Kenobi and Jango Fett helps move that along. 

I love Star Wars so I give this one a six out of ten. 

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