Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Hello everyone! Leading up to Star Wars Episode IX, I am rewatching and reviewing as many Star Wars movies as I can before December 19th. Once I’ve finished I’ll give my ranking of all 10 live action Star Wars movies. Today I’ll be looking at Episode II: Attack of the Clones

The Good

Anikan’s Mom

The scene where Anikan goes to the Tusken Raider camp to rescue his mom is great. Everything from Anikan arriving just in time to be with his mom during her last moments, to her literally using her final breath to say ‘I love you’. The entire scene is emotional and you can feel the weight of what’s happening as you watch it.

Obi-Wan & Jango Fett

The Interactions between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett are perfect. Witty banter, a fun fight scene, and an epic chase through space, Obi-Wan and Jango are easily the highlights of the movie.

Sound Design & Score

This movie sounds really great. I don’t like what’s happening in many of the scenes, but they sound spectacular. The sound effect during the Obi-Wan/Jango space chase is perfect. In the Arena Battle, every creature, every weapon, and every character all have their own distinct sound, and it adds to the immersion of the film

The Mixed

Using C-3PO as Comic Relief

I think that using C-3PO as comic relief actually worked very well. Unfortunately, C-3PO is not in the first half of the movie, and I honestly can’t remember what they used for comic relief before that.

CGI

For all the same reasons that CGI was under ‘The Mixed’ for the Phantom Menace, it’s all on display again, even worse. In the Arena Battle specifically, there’s so many Jedi, its easy to spot one that just falls over without getting CGI shot. Lots of the Jedi look like they were just moving around their arms and fighting imaginary enemies. I did think that the CGI was better in the droid factory, that might be because Natalie Portman is a better visual actress than your average ‘guy playing a jedi in the background’. It’s also possible that they gave her additional attention because she is a lead character.

The Bad

Jar Jar Binks

Jar Jar Binks was introduced in the phantom menace, and I thought I was being a little generous by listing him under the ‘mixed’ category for episode I. Not anymore! For some reason, instead of leaving Jar Jar Binks on Naboo, George Lucas continued to try to make him a pivotal character by making him more politically active, and uses him to progress the story. After the terrible backlash from episode I, I think that they should have just gotten rid of his character completely.

Dialogue

The dialogue in this movie is some of the worst that I’ve ever seen. Specifically, every word that comes out of Anikan’s mouth. I think that George Lucas was going for ‘angsty teenager’, but it just didn’t work.

Writing

In addition to the terrible dialogue, the entire story is badly written and badly structured. Large parts of the plot just don’t make sense. If protecting Senator Amidala is so important, why is that task given to a mere padawan? I don’t buy the Obi-Wan and Anikan friendship at all. Once again, they introduce a villain, make him incredibly important, and abandon them. Padme shifted from refusing Anikan’s advanced to being madly in love with him with seemingly no notice or character change. The scene where they’re on Naboo with the big cow like creatures is actually okay.

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