16 May 2002

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Caught the midnight showing of Star Wars: Episode 2 - and it was a much better movie than Episode 1 TPM - special effects were incredible and the fight scenes were all wonderfully done. Every Yoda appearance in the movie (which was plentiful) the theatre audience erupted with applause and his fight scene displayed the most enthusiasm I've witnessed ever. Thanks to my son for procuring tickets and we waited in line almost an hour for seating ...

Warning: possible plot spoilage ahead ...

It was an excellent movie and a most entertaining movie experience - I won't rate it better than LotR, but it's up there with the original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. And judging from the audience audio feedback, most all seemed to enjoy the latest from Lucas and company.

I did have some issues with the plot line, nothing that overshadowed the positives, but just some problems with the story that didn't seem to jive ...

  • The Senator Amidahl character seemed to have way too much importance ascribed to it - in the 1st movie, as queen, the character was central and germain, but as a senator I couldn't fathom how special protection and attention could be paid to a delegate - if a senator dies, another is assigned ... but I venture that it had to be due to the love story sub-line that was done better.

  • IMO, Annakin was the Jar Jar Binks of Episode 2. His character was exceedingly whiny and extremely annoying. It seems that the storyboard went to great extremes to paint him as arrogant, bitchy, cocky, whiny and sniveling. Even after his mother dies, I could only feel sympathy for a fraction of a second, it seems. I kept wishing Obi Won would smack him down instead of the verbal parry engaged. Which leads to the next point ...

  • Obi Won and even Annakin were real wimps in most of their 1v1 fights. Obi gets owned by a mere mortal? And what's the deal with these 2 jedi continuously losing hold of their light sabres ... especially after it's reinforced by Master Obi early in the movie that careful handling of the light sabre is essential. And both of them seemed to get the crap kicked out of them, except when they were within inches of certain death.

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