Wars The Attack of the Clones
years and five movies into the
saga, the score is:
(Star Wars and
Empire Strikes Back), two
(The Return of the Jedi
Phantom Menace) and now, one
pretty good film. No one will ever call it a
masterpiece, but it gets George Lucas epic back on the right track at least.
dialogue is clunky and awkward
in fact this is the worst The most amazing thing about the film is that it
is not good enough to be as enjoyable as it is.
written major film since
Titanic. But the sheer majesty of the visuals and the power
of the mythology of the world sweep away these shortcomings. It leaves you with some astounding set pieces,
including an intergalactic cab chase (which is stunning looking, even though both
beat them to the
punch), a cloud city where they build clones, a Romanesque coliseum and a lavish
rainforest planet. Not all of them work
the climactic fight scene between Dooku (Christopher Lee) and Yoda, which I know is
supposed to be the big crowd pleaser, looked kind of ridiculous.
Lucas also plays a bit fast and loose with
facts, having both
robots C3P0 and R2D2 on the planet Tatooine even though they very specifically say
theyd never been there before in the first film in 1977. Also, the forbidden love affair between young
Anakin Skywalker (a scowling and rather bratty Hayden Christensen) and the pretty but
colorless Padmé (Natalie Portman) hinges on the fact that Jedis are not allowed to
fall in love, but that didnt seem to be a problem when Luke Skywalker was interested
in Princess Leia before they realized they were siblings.
Otherwise, though, it is a real undeniable kick to see foreshadowing of such future
stories as storm troopers, the Death Star, Boba Fett, Uncle Ben and Aunt Beru
the Millennium Falcon makes a cameo appearance. It
is interesting, after having Obi-Wan Kenobi make an offhand remark about the Clone Wars in
the original, to see them actually start. And
Jar Jar Binks barely makes a cameo, and when he does he starts an intergalactic war. So
Attack of the Clones
is far from being a
great film. But for the first time since
1983, I am curious where this story is going.
Jay S. Jacobs
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Posted: May 16, 2002.