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


sw2images“Mmm. Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing.” – Yoda

Number of Times Seen –  Between 10-20 times  (twice in Theater, 18 May 2002, DVD and 16 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The continuing adventures of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as they try to find out who is behind an assassination plot on Queen Amidala (now Senator of the Republic)

My Take on it – We have heard about the Clone Wars ever since the original movie and now we finally get the chance to see how it came about.

We get to see how the Jedi’s are also detectives as opposed to just warriors and Obi-Wan is sent on a great mission against a very cunning foe.

I have always loved Boba Fett, so the opportunity to see his origin is great especially when we get to see why he hates the “good guys” so much. Hint – his father is no longer as tall as he use to be. 🙂

Jango Fett is definitely a great adversary and we get to see that he is heroic in battle but also a coward.  I love the touch that they added where he bumps his head on the doorway alluding to the infamous blooper scene in the original movie.

The story between a sorta grown up Anakin and Padme is silly.  We all know that Lucas can’t write dialogue, but he also doesn’t have a knack for love stories, but who cares.  The point is gotten across very well that Jedi’s can’t fall in love, but since Anakin is the rebellious Jedi, he does and even ends up getting secretly married.  Obviously this all needs to happen in order for Luke and Leia to be born in the next movie, so that can be forgiven because…

…The amount of Jedi action scenes is beyond belief here.

We finally get to see a mass attack (defense) by the Jedi Knights against overwhelming odds and they do pretty well on their own until they get the clone troopers as reinforcements.

Mace Windu and Yoda each get to show how bad-ass they can be.

Mace beheads Jango and Yoda shows Count Dooku (and also us) how powerful a Jedi he really is.  Not only does he use The Force to combat Dooku, but when he opens his belt and that lightsaber jumps out, we know there will be hell to pay.  He moves around super fast using The Force to fight his duel that Dooku knows he has met his match and like the coward that he is, he brings down the ceiling on the injured Jedis Obi-Wan and Anakin and flees the scene.

I should also mention the duel that Obi-Wan and Anakin have with Dooku.  This is also spectacular but somewhat short but we get to see a really nice lightsaber-fight.

The arena scene is a fun way to show how advanced the special effects have gotten and also show us that Padme also is no sucker when it comes to fighting.  Someone actually did the research and proved that she is the best shot of all of the char caters and hits her targets with the most accuracy.

Jar-Jar takes a back seat here and is only present to start the snowball effect of the Clone army and eventual dictatorship of Palpatine.

The music by John Williams continues to be amazing here and the Special Effects just keep getting better and better as time goes on.

Bottom Line – Great continuation of the series, still with crappy dialogue, but the plot moves in ways you couldn’t imagine. Less Jar-Jar is helpful and more Jedi action and Jango Fett makes this one lots of fun. Once again amazing Music and Special Effects. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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12 thoughts on “Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones (2002)

  1. They complain about HC just because of Lucas’ crappy dialogue. If anyone else tells you that he isn’t a good actor, tell them to watch Life as a House (2001) where he got both a SAG and a Golden Globe nom for his performance and for Shattered Glass (2003). AS for being Anakin, he really did it well and was better in Sith than in Clones

    I think I now should re-watch those movies. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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