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

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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


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18 December 2015 | sme_no_densetsu
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| A definite improvement over "The Phantom Menace" but still not up to the level of the original trilogy
Episode II of the Star Wars saga, "Attack of the Clones" had the misfortune of following the poorly received first instalment. The good news is that it corrected most of the problems that plagued the first movie. While still not in the same league as the original trilogy, it was nevertheless a step in the right direction.

Several cast members from the first movie returned and, thankfully, stars Ewan McGregor & Natalie Portman fared much better this time around. Additionally, Christopher Lee provided a strong villainous presence that was sorely lacking from the first movie. Hayden Christensen stepped into the role of Anakin Skywalker and he at least did better than Jake Lloyd, though that's a case of damning with faint praise. Admittedly, though, his character wasn't written especially well, so it wasn't all his fault.

Speaking of writing, this time around George Lucas had the good sense to work with someone else on the screenplay. While the dialogue is still a bit stilted at times, the improvement is noticeable. Lucas also occupied the director's chair once again, with satisfactory results.

From a technical standpoint, the movie is highly accomplished, even though some of the profuse CGI is overly ambitious. In any case, the visual effects ended up being the source of the film's sole Oscar nomination. As usual, John Williams's score was also a highlight.

However, perhaps the most important difference this time around is that story is much more engaging as it really begins to set the stage for Anakin's inevitable transformation into Darth Vader. The movie's romantic elements may be awkward at times but, overall, the script does a pretty good job of balancing action and laying the foundation for the events to come.

Ultimately, I think that "Attack of the Clones" is underrated. It does have some problems but it managed to set the trilogy back on the right track. Thankfully, the concluding chapter would continue this upward trend.

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Trivia

In the visual dictionary of the film: Jango Fett was adopted and raised by the Mandalorian Warrior Army after his parents were murdered.


Quotes

Naboo lieutenant: Senator, we're making our final approach into Coruscant.
CordÈ: Very good, Lieutenant.


Goofs

When Obi-Wan is talking to Jango and Boba in their "apartment", Obi-Wan pauses. He's not moving and you can see the back of his head. When Jango walks behind Obi-Wan on the screen, you can see Jango's "shadow" through Obi-Wan.


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Alternate Versions

The film was released on IMAX theaters on 1 November 2002. The reformatted IMAX version was approx. 20 minutes shorter than the theatrical release. These are some of the scenes that has been cut from the IMAX version:

  • A long scene in Palpatine's office involving Yoda and Amidala. Palpatine suggests Kenobi and Anikin as bodyguards.
  • Jar Jar greeting the Jedi pair as they enter Amidala's quarters.
  • Kenobi talking to the Jedi head librarian.
  • The hilltop scene on Naboo where Anakin rides a grazing animal and Amidala and Anakin talk about political science.
  • Mace Windu and Yoda discuss whether they should reveal that the Force is no longer as easy to use.
  • The scene in which Yoda says that while Anakin is somewhat arrogant, that is an increasingly common failing among Jedi.
  • Owen Lars greeting Anakin and Amidala at the farm.
  • The confrontation between Count Dooku and Kenobi is shorter.
  • Jar Jar being set up by Palpatine to get the Senate hand more power to him.
  • Part of the scene where Padme sees Anakin for the first time in 10 years. The cut goes directly from the elevator to ObiWan discussing security.
  • Part of the scene where Anakin and Padme leave Coruscant has been trimmed
  • The scene where Anakin and Padme meet with the Queen has been eliminated
  • Scenes with Anakin and Padme on Naboo have been trimmed, with the picnic scene eliminated completely.
  • When Obi Wan was captured and met with Dooku, after the line "I'll never join you" it cuts directly to the Senate floor without Dooku responding "It may be difficult to secure your release".

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Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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