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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26 November 2002 | xteve
Terrible script & poor editing make this a poor clone
I just watched this on DVD last night, having seen it in the theatre. I was very disappointed when I watched the scenes that had been cut, as they fleshed out the story a lot more than the final cut. You learned more about the wasp creatures near the end of the film and why Dooku enlisted their help. Padme's character was a lot more established as well in visits to her parents house and in a confrontation with Dooku.

Many people have commented on the wooden acting of the two leads, which I somewhat agree with, but Christensen is not that bad an actor, and neither is Portman.

The problem with both this film and Phantom Menace is Lucas' dialogue. He writes lines which no actor, even in a fantasy movie, can say without sounding like they're reading them off of cue cards. This can be excused when the line is SF technobabble, but when it's supposed to be intimate romance it comes off as clumsy, forced, and utterly unbelievable. Considering that we KNOW the ultimate fate of each of these characters, these make scenes where they are put in peril uninteresting, since you already know they'll survive. Lucas really blew the chance at creating highly developed, memorable characters in my opinion.

In addition, both this and Phantom Menace sorely miss a solid supporting cast to the two cardboard character leads. Where is the Han Solo/Chewbacca/Lando of these movies? Watching the original trilogy, the chemistry between Han and Chewie gives the movies a much broader appeal than the soap opera Skywalker saga. Imagine the original trilogy with only Luke and Leia as the two main characters -- it'd be far less interesting!!!

Ewan McGregor is given a lot more to do in this film as Obi-Wan, and he acquits himself very well, although I think the scenes on the clone world would have been much better if he had been accompanied by Mace Windu. We almost always see Jedis travel in pairs, until Kenobi's solo visit. Christopher Lee does well in the limited screen time he's given. Samuel L. Jackson gives a one note performance as Mace Windu ... we're never convinced that he's as powerful a warrior as he's said to be. And when a CGI Yoda is the most expressive character in the film, you know something's just not right.

Lucas has really painted himself into a corner to deliver the goods in Episode III. In my opinion, to tie up all the loose ends he's created between Phantom Menace and this film, Episode III might have to be 4 hours long.

In summary, this is a decent film for fans of the Star Wars saga, and certainly better than Phantom Menace, but it still doesn't break much new ground. Compared to the colorful entertaining space opera of the first trilogy it's rather dull and predictable. Hopefully Episode III will give Star Wars fans a movie that can be held up to the high standards of the originals.

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Art department concept sculptor Robert Barnes developed the Nexu after several early sketches depicted rather literal interpretations of a lion-like creature by intermixing different species traits like reptilian and human characteristics. Barnes was able to develop an unsettlingly vicious design, the Nexu was nicknamed "Bad Kitty" by the Industrial Light & Magic animation team during production.


Quotes

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


Goofs

The spinning display in the background of the Lars family's workshop is inconsistently placed between cuts.


Crazy Credits

Actors Jerome St. John Blake, Hassani Shapi, Gin Clarke, Khan Bonfils, Michaela Cottrell and Dipika O'Neill Joti are credited for playing the same Jedi Council members as in Episode I, although they did not film any new footage for Episode II. Instead the Jedi Council scene uses recycled footage from Episode I. Many of those parts were re-cast (or in some cases renamed) for Episode II, during the Battle of Geonosis, using Australian actors, but they are not credited.


Alternate Versions

Eight deleted scenes are included on the DVD:

  • Padmé addresses the Senate after the first attempt on her life, and speaks out against the creation of an army for the Republic.
  • Obi-Wan brings the toxic dart to the Jedi Temple analysis room for examination.
  • Before he departs for Kamino, Obi-Wan has a conversation with Mace, leading to his Jedi Starfighter on a landing platform. Some of the dialogue was used in the scene in the Jedi Temple with Obi-Wan, Mace and Yoda.
  • An extended version of Anakin and Padmé's arrival on Naboo.
  • Padmé brings Anakin to her house and introduces him to her family. Padmé's family senses that she is attracted to Anakin, but she denies it.
  • A scene in Padmé's bedroom in which she and Anakin look at pictures of her past acheivements.
  • After Anakin and Padmé are captured in the droid factory, Count Dooku interrogates Padmé.
  • After the interrogation scene, Anakin and Padmé are put on trial by the Geonosians, and are sentenced to death.


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Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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