Thursday, 17 November 2011

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Review (Updated)











Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones


Release Date: 16th May 2002 - Australia
                 

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Lucasfilm Ltd


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 142 minutes


Budget: $115,000,000

Box Office Gross: $649,398,328
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Ten years after the
Trade Federation
threatened the planet
Naboo, Padmé Amidala
is now a Senator
representing her home-
world. 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...


Cast
Ewan McGregor - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman - Senator Padme Amidala
Hayden Christensen - Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid - Supreme
Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Christopher Lee - Count Dooku
Samuel L. Jackson - Mace Windu
Temuera Morrison - Jango Fett
Frank Oz - Yoda (Voice)
Anthony Daniels - C3PO/Dannl Faytonni
Kenny Baker - R2D2
Daniel Logan - Boba Fett
Leeanna Walsman - Zam Wessell
Silas Carson - Nute Gunray/Ki-Adi-Mundi
Ahmed Best - Jar Jar Binks/
Achk Med-Beq
Jimmy Smits - Senator Bail Organa
Pernilla August - Shmi Skywalker
Jack Thompson - Cliegg Lars
Joel Edgerton - Owen Lars
Bonnie Piesse - Beru
Jay Laga'aia - Captain Typho
Andy Secombe - Watto (Voice)
Oliver Ford Davies - Sio Bibble
Ayesha Dharker - Queen Jamillia
Anthony Phelan - Lama Su (Voice)
Rena Owen - Taun We (Voice)
Ron Falk - Dexter Jettster (Voice)

Crew
Story/Screenplay/Executive
Producer/Editor (Uncredited)/
Director - George Lucas
Producer - Rick McCallum
Production Designer - Gavin Bocquet
Concept Design Supervisors -
Doug Chiang, Ryan Church & Erik Tiemens
Costume Designer - Trisha Biggar
Director of Photography - David Tattersall
Stunt Coordinator/Sword Master - Nick Gillard
Visual Effects Supervisors - Pablo Helman, 
John Knoll, Dennis Muren & Ben Snow
Animation Director - Rob Coleman
Film Editor/Supervising Sound Editor/Designer -
Ben Burtt
Music - John Williams


Awards

2003 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman,
John Knoll & Ben Snow (Nominated)


Review
Not quite as good as the other Star Wars movies, ATTACK OF THE CLONES is in some ways considered to be an improvement on THE PHANTOM MENACE (click here) and is a one heck of a visual spectacle. The love relationship of Anakin and Padme was a bit heart-warming but awkward and the acting of Hayden Christensen isn't always consistent when being introduced as Anakin Skywalker. Despite that he is not giving his best performance due to his shallowness and misdirection, that feature has made him a star and he hasn't improved yet for sure. I'm glad that Jar Jar Binks has been toned down from an annoying comic relief to a minor role. I praise the way how Yoda is now in CGI instead of old school puppetry and the awesome lightsaber duel of him vs Count Dooku. The climax of the film is when the clone troopers arrive at the arena to assist the Jedi in their fight against the Separatists which would lead to the Clone Wars.

To me, ATTACK OF THE CLONES is definitely a semi-decent Star Wars movie and probably not the best. Though I have to disagree with the fans of the franchise as they are very negative to this prequel. I don't blame them and I probably re-watch the film in a marathon without its bad aspects.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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