Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 
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Media: VHS Tape|
ISBN/ASIN : B00005RDPQ
Manufacturer : 20th Century Fox Film Corporation|
Release data : 11 November, 2002
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Lucas, back to his best
It seems strange that some people expect to see Citizen Kane when they watch the Star Wars Prequels, George Lucas wrote the Star Wars story in homage to the Saturday matinee adventure series of the 40's and 50's, swash buckling fantasy adventures that allowed you to detach from the real world.
Attack of the Clones is an epic adventure in the best of that style, it has just about everything you could wish for in a film, a complex plot, action at every turn, romance and special effects to die for.
Anyone owning a home cinema system will be blown away by the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack, the opening scene will have the neighbours banging on the wall, this DVD is probably the best example of the strengths of the format, with hours of extra footage and documentary, its what DVD was invented for.
The story sets up Episode 3 perfectly, showing the start of Anakin Skywalker's path to the darkside that will ultimately end in his conversion to the evil Darth Vader and the birth of the empire.
Forget your disappointment with The Phantom menace and treat yourself to possibly the best of the Star wars saga and in my opinion the best example of DVD technology today.
Well-done George Lucas, roll on 2005.
One of the top 5 Star Wars Films to date
After the disaster of The Phantom Menace, George Lucas had a lot to make up for. Dodgy acting, a mediocre storyline and the awful Jar Jar Binks stole a lot of Lucas's thunder. With Attack of the Clones he has stepped down the road to redemption.
This, episode two of the Star Wars series, tells the story of Darth Vader, during his teenager years. The film introduces us to the troubled brooding young Jedi wannabe, elaborates on the origins of the Empire and chronicles the doomed romance of Luke Skywalker's parents; Annakin and Padmé.
George Lucas has never been known for spinning off great dialogue. This film is no exception. The constant stream of Annakin's "Yes Master", the painfully embarrassing love scenes and clichéd banter do little to re-deem Lucas. Not only that but the film is too long. Several scenes are pointless to the plot and seem to appear for 'show'.
When it comes to telling a great tale, however, Lucas excels. Attack of the Clones is the darkest of the Star Wars series to date. He takes his time with this film too. However, once the gets going the force is with him. Filled with dirty politics, corrupt Jedi's and moody overtones, the film answers many questions such as the origins of Vader's Stormtroopers or the rise of the dark side. Add to that, stunning special effects and incredible Jedi battles. Lucas also gives several nods to the future episodes; at one stage Obi Wan complains to Annakin "You'll be the death of me."
Acting wise, Attack of the Clones varies. Ewan Mc Greggor has settled nicely into the role of Obi Wan Kennobi. Hayden Christen plays the broody young Vader amply, except when attempting romance. Natalie Portman is consistent. Ian Mc Diarmud, and the always great at being bad Christopher Lee add real character to the villains.
If all this fails to convince, Nathalie looks stunning while Yoda steals the limelight; the sight of the green two-footed light sabre-equipped Yoda is pure Star Wars. Plus Jar Jar Binks haters will be pleased to learn he only enjoys fifteen seconds on screen.
Ultimately, Attack of the Clones is an exciting breathtaking film. It, like all the Star Wars films, has several minor flaws. Still, fans will love it. With only three years to Star Wars III, the waiting begins.
Lucas is definitely back on track and i'm ecstatic!
I have to say, after Episode I, the Phantom Menace, I was a little apprehensive about the second film and whether i would enjoy it - I found that Episode I didn't really live up to the reputation of the Star Wars films, which i happen to have been a die hard fan of since the age of about 4 years old, so i admit that my expectation are pretty high! So it was a welcome surprise to find that this movie really showed that George Lucas had realised how ridiculous Jar-Jar Binks was and decided to calm him down and concentrate on the important characters and action. Plus, the fight scene between the wonderful Master Yoda (a personal favourite of mine!) and Count Dooku (beautifully played by the equally inspirational Christopher Lee) is, no doubt, the greatest fight sequence ever to be commited to film!
Samuel L. Jackson also puts in an impressive performance as the wise master Mace Windu who gets some great action scenes courtesy of his great purple lightsaber! Hayden Christensen really captured the subtle introduction of the seeds of evil that will later turn Anakin in to the much-loved villain Darth Vader. Natalie Portman was once again perfect as the strong, independent Padmé Amidala and was a great match for Hayden, much to envy of many I'm sure! I must also mention Ewan McGreggor who i have admiredas an actor for a long time and he seems to have really adopted the Obi-Wan character so easily and so well and his development from young learner in to wiser, bearded Obi-Wan in Episode II is thoughtfully done!
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable film with all you'd expect of the Star Wars series (with the exception of Episode I - don't get me started on Jar-Jar Binks!!) Although it seems that C-3PO has actually become even more camp than in the original trilogy you don't mind so much as the other characters are so brilliantly portrayed! For Star Wars fans it's a real relief to see that George Lucas does still have some idea what he's doing and can still produce a masterpiece of film!!