Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Anakin is such a creep.

I think this movie would have been a lot better if he weren’t in it. I mean, consider what it’s got going for it. You have Christopher Lee playing an old Confederate Separatist; you have an exemplary duel between Lee and Yoda; you have a stellar, action-packed opening.

Anakin is just insufferable, and it ruins the movie. It could be the portrayal by Hayden Christensen, or it could just be the development of the character. After all, this is supposed to be the boy who becomes Darth Vader, so he has to have some personality flaws, one of which includes flirting with the woman who was still a woman when he was a child. Gross.

The basic storyline continues the political narrative of Episode IAttack of the Clones starts out with thousands of solar systems trying to secede from the Republic. Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) narrowly avoids an assassination attempt, and Anakin is tasked with protecting her, during of the course of which they fall in love. Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) discovers the creation of a clone army, Chancellor Palpatine manipulates his way into Hitleresque power, and soon the Clone Wars have begun.

I actually liked the story of this one more than the story for Phantom Menace, but this was more artificially presented. The environments were state-of-the-art when the film was released in 2002, but they could not look more computer-generated today, and it was to the point where it drew me out of the movie. You simply can’t fake a practical effect, and that’s why the original trilogy will last much longer than the films of the early age of digital.

Maybe George will redo the effects one day.

In the end, I don’t mind this film. It’s good when you’re watching the series, but it is clearly a weaker link in the chain. This film is the seventh grade of the Star Wars saga: it’s entirely necessary, and it had good moments, but it should be recalled as infrequently as possible.

2.5 Green

The first six Star Wars films are airing on TNT and TBS this week. Check your local listings.

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