Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
USA / English
"A Jedi Shall Not Know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love. "Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala while his teacher, Obi-Wan Kenobi, makes an investigation of a separatist assassination attempt on Padmé which leads to the discovery of a secret Republican clone army.
I'm Getting too old for Star Wars
I saw every Star Wars episode except this one. And the Sith one..I
think. So OK I'm not a huge fan. But this one was long, and filled with
bad acting and an abrupt ending.
The love story between Anakin and Senator Amidala strains credibility
and they have no chemistry. The actor who played Anakin is not very
compelling; he looks like a normal high-school kid; maybe that's the
idea. His delivery was one-dimensional. The whole love story just seems
like an extra factor the director put in there to make the film 3 hours
I'm a fan of Samuel L. Jackson, but was shocked at his awful acting
here. He delivered lines not like a venerable Jedi knight; but as a
Shaft reading a boring script. He had no inflection in his voice, but
there was no gravity either. It was just shallow and made you feel as
if the whole "episode" was just a sleepwalking effort by everyone. What
Ewan McGregor fared better. His young Obi-Wan had some good lines and
he was convincing as a struggling mentor for his "paduan", Anakin.
C3PO and R2 appear, but they seem so dated already; and as comic relief
it was entirely predictable.
The gladiator scene was perhaps the best action sequence. The clone
battle was not very interesting. Who was the clone again? They all were
wearing federation masks, so you can't tell.
You get to see Yoda light-saber duel with Count Dooku (nicely played by
Christopher Lee)but the result of the battle was anticlimactic, as was
the ending, abruptly stopping just when you thought the movie was
hitting its stride. It's all those quiet scenes (Anakin going back for
his mother, conversations with Padme, council conversations) that made
this film extremely front-heavy, and made me so disappointed at the
anticlimax after nearly 3 hours of viewing.
I hope the Sith is better.
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