Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) – Encore Review 2


“All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.” – Padme

Number of Times Seen – Between 10-20 times (twice in Theater, 18 May 2002, DVD, 16 Jan 2014 and 10 Jul 2015 and 19 May 2019)

Link to original reviewHere and  Here

Brief Synopsis – Following an assassination attempt on Senator Amidala, Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect her and find the conspirators against her.

My Take on it – This is a film that has aged quite well and is a great mystery story that is unfortunately presented together with a very awkward love story.

The idea to have Anakin and Padme fall in love works really well especially given what we know happens in the future, but…

Couldn’t they get someone else to script it for them since the love dialogue between them is atrocious and wooden that it’s hard to believe that these two characters fall in love.

Loved having Obi-Wan play the role of protector/detective in this film and it helps us get a much better understanding of the true scope of wok that falls upon the Jedi.

We get to meet younglings which tells us even more about the training process which also includes the library scene.

Hayden Christianson is a bit over the top in this role and comes across as whiny (like his son in episode IV), but McGregor’s performance outshines him throughout and looks and feels like a true younger Alec Guinness.

The arena scene is spectacular to watch and it’s uniqueness helps make things even more enjoyable.

The special effects are superb here and add so much to the way this story is being told.

The best scene of the film tho is by far the light saber battle between Yoda and Dooku because we finally get to see how powerful a Jedi he truly is.

Giving us much more insight into the background of Boba Fett (and his father Jango Fett) works quite well here in establishing why he is such an integral character to the story line.

The musical love theme Across the Stars is great to listen to and helps keep a romantic mood for parts of the story despite the awkwardness of the dialogue.

Natalie Portman outdoes her performance in the previous film and makes us get a much better understand of who Padme truly is especially when it comes to having to lead a battle.

Watching the outbreak of The Clone Wars is breathtaking to watch because it is al set up so exceptionally well here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Samuel L. Jackson has said that the words “Bad mother-f**ker” are engraved on the hilt of his light-saber. The same words are famously printed on the wallet of Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction (1994). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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