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

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...

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)
Rose Byrne - Dormé
Verónica Segura - Cordé

Producer/Editor (Uncredited)/
Director - George Lucas
Screenplay - Jonathan Hales
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
R2-D2 Designer - Tony Dyson (Uncredited)
Film Editor/Supervising Sound Editor/Designer -
Ben Burtt
Music - John Williams


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

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 very awkward and the acting of Hayden Christensen isn't always consistent especially when being introduced as Anakin Skywalker. Despite that he is not giving his best performance due to its shallowness and misdirection, the feature has made him a star but he hasn't fully matured into the role.

I'm glad that Jar Jar Binks has been toned down from his screen-time as an annoying comic relief from what is a minor role. Though he does play a huge part in one scene of the movie which does contribute to fans hating the character even more. I praise the way Yoda is now in CGI instead of the old school puppetry and the awesome lightsaber duel between 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 up to the Clone Wars.

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

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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