Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones

Name: Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones
Year: 2002
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 142
Description: Ten years after the ‘Phantom Menace’ threatened the planet Naboo, Padmé Amidala is now a Senator representing her homeworld. A faction of political separatists, led by Count Dooku, attempts to assassinate her. There aren’t enough Jedi to defend the Republic against the threat, so Chancellor Palpatine enlists the aid of Jango Fett, who promises that his army of clones will handle the situation. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi continues to train the young Jedi Anakin Skywalker, who fears that the Jedi code will forbid his growing romance with Amidala.
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

I still don’t like Jarjar. Die he must. But how can I hate him when Hayden Christensen is in this film? Was he the only one who wanted to play Anakin or did he threaten the director in his own house, or…? Any explanation would be illuminating. Seriously, what he did isn’t even called acting! Padme isn’t bad. Christopher Lee was as good as always.

The parallells with the original trilogy are beginning to come across as ludicrous. Another droid battle, another lightsaber battle, another bad guy who flees into space, another bad guy who chops off a good guy’s arm… Been there, done that. I understand that the visual aspect is important here, but to me it’s just lame story-telling. Granted, Yoda fighting was good. I also liked how Shmi’s death affected Anakin and at least she did play well. Yoda is of couse still great, as is C3-PO.

And the score… To say that the love theme is gorgeous doesn’t even do it justice. No word can describe such musical beauty and its two sections have an excellent purpose: one for the romance, another for the impossibility of it. I liked how some of the music resembled the Quidditch and library music from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and how there even was an unintentional statement of the Game of Thrones main theme.

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