Directed by George
Lucas (2002, 20th Century Fox)
Starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen,
Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels
An investigation into an attempted murder leads to love for one
Jedi, and the discovery of clone and droid armies.
July 25th, 2014 on
Blu-Ray for the 11th time
I don't really know what I don't
like about this movie compared to the others. I think this time, at
least, it was Anakin's whining. It's probably realistic, but it's just
not something I wanted to see. Even the beautiful Natalie Portman gets a
lot of clunker lines, which often enough made me cringe. But I always
try to watch this movie in the spirit of an action movie, and just enjoy
July 17th, 2012 on
Blu-Ray for the 10th time
This movie seems to have hit a
plateau with me, at 3+ stars. I think it is the weakest of all the Star
Wars movies, but, as mentioned below, it still delivers a good time. It
belongs in the class of non-thinking action movies.
November 11th, 2011
on Blu-Ray for the 9th time
Star Wars all the way, though as
always, the movie has so many questionable moments that it's tough to
swallow. I have to remember to turn off my innate analysis of what makes
sense and just enjoy the effects!
May 20th, 2009 on DVD
for the 8th time
Although this is definitely my
least favorite Star Wars movie, it still has a lot of action and is very
much Star Wars. If it was any other movie, I'm sure the score would be
lower, but that doesn't matter. It's enough to give me a good dose of a
May 19th, 2007 on DVD
for the 7th time
There is little more I can add to
my reviews below, I think. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. As I
mentioned in my last review, I think the dialog could have used a lot of
work. Much of it was actually embarrassing. But the rest of the movie
was quite engaging, despite the many plot holes. I think it is only
because these movies get more scrutiny than others that we find so many
holes in them! I find it unfortunate, however, that having seen Revenge
of the Sith didn't enhance the experience of this movie for me. Strange.
May 20th, 2005 on DVD
for the 6th time
The rating for this movie keeps
going up and down, up and down. I suppose it depends on my mood. The
prequel trilogy has more or less lost my interest, and that's a sad
thing. The books, especially, have been less than thrilling, and often
annoying, frustrating, and boring. So while I am looking forward to
Revenge of the Sith, which opened recently, I did not have any desire to
see it opening weekend. It will be at least another week before I see
As for Attack of the Clones, this time around, I quite enjoyed it,
surprising myself because I remembered this as my least favorite Star
Wars movie. I can see that it is indeed superior to
The Phantom Menace
in terms of atmosphere and character development. However, in many other
respects, it is inferior. I still think that everything I have said in
my previous reviews, below, holds true. My likes and dislikes have not
changed. But overall, the movie is enjoyable.
My dislikes are many, and include the Coruscant chase (boring), the
love story (not developed enough), and the Senate vote (not enough time
for a vote on the creation of an army, but they can vote emergency
powers in an instant?), among others. But my biggest dislike was much of
the dialog, especially Anakin and Padmé's dialog. As talented as I think
Natalie Portman is, the mature dialog doesn't come naturally to her. She
always looks like a sweet little teenaged girl, slightly uncomfortable, rather than a seasoned senator.
Compare what she says to the way Leia talks in the original Trilogy.
Carrie Fisher sounded and acted so much more mature. These two look like the
teenagers that they are.
Although I think the lightsaber battle between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and
Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace was better, that does not mean I
didn't enjoy the ones here. Any time Obi-Wan or Anakin drew their
lightsabers was amazing. Their reflexes were very natural, and none of
the fighting looked like it required any effort on their part. I was
especially impressed with Anakin's swordplay.
This movie also contains one of my favorite trivial uses of the Force
in the whole saga so far: Obi-Wan opening the door on Kamino to enter
from the lower levels where he fell during his fight with Jango Fett.
It's very natural, and he doesn't have any regrets about doing it -even
though it is technically breaking and entering.
And when the music was good, it was really good. There was a moment
on Tatooine when Anakin leaves to find his mother when Luke's theme
appears, and it is very touching. When Anakin breaks down later to tell
Padmé that he slaughtered the Tuskin Raiders, The Imperial March sounds
quietly in the background. And while the love story could have used some
work, the love theme was amazing.
I am more primed for Revenge of the Sith after watching the first two
episodes than I was last week. I am looking forward to the rise of Darth
September 1st, 2003 on
DVD for the 5th time
The director's commentary adds
about as much to this movie as it did to Episode I: The Phantom Menace
-not much. Much of what George Lucas talks about is process, and that
interests me less and less these days. Maybe I was just spoiled by the
commentary for The Fellowship of the Ring.
Several people take part in the commentaries, many of whom I am
starting to get annoyed with. I have never liked Rick McCallum. He seems
very pompous and arrogant, and single-minded. Every time he speaks, I
find it annoying. Ben Burtt is getting more and more annoying,
unfortunately. He is so close to his topic of sound that I can't relate
to him when he speaks about the details. There were many exceptions in the two-plus hours, of course, as
they imparted some interesting information.
Fortunately, all of the other speakers had some interesting things to
say, and even found things to laugh about through the movie. I even
laughed at some of the tings that Mr. Coleman and others said. For all
my trying, though, I couldn't find the X-Wing being chased by two
TIE-Fighters on Coruscant. One of my favorite comments, though, came
during Yoda's class among the younglings: try to get fourteen toddlers
to stand still and act for so long! Not possible! They took what they
could, and digitally altered what they had to.
I was intrigued about some of the process of making the movie, as
described, but I don't think I want to know where the digital doubles
are located. The producers don't seem to think there is any difference
between what we see and the real thing, but although I couldn't tell the
difference by eye, I could feel that something wasn't quite right.
Compare the quality of the production to
The Fellowship of the Ring, and
see what is digital or not. This is supposed to be a live-action movie,
not an animated film.
The most important pieces of information, however, did come from
George Lucas. The idea that the Jedi can reach across the border of the
living to communicate with the dead will come clear in Episode III, he
says. I am looking forward to that a lot. He also spoke about why he had
the Geonosians as the designers and future builders of the Death Star. I
think it was the movie Clerks where two characters discuss the deaths of
the construction workers building the Death Star when it was blown up in
Return of the Jedi. Lucas makes a direct remark towards Jay and Silent
Bob, saying that the workers were actually these evil Geonosians, after
Of course, listening to the audio commentary means I don't hear the
music or the special sound effects, or even dialog, and the movie
suffers in a lot of spots for that. Star Wars movies are sound
The next time I watch this movie, it will be with the full impact of
the sound on.
February 3rd, 2003 on
DVD for the 4th time
I know that I've been trashing this
movie a lot lately, especially indicating that it is inferior to
Episode I. Having watched them
back-to-back, I now think that they are of comparable quality, each
superior in a different aspect. Watching this movie on DVD made me
realize that I haven't really enjoyed it as much since the first time I
Attack of the Clones is definitely a more glitzy, sexy movie, and I'm
not just talking about Natalie Portman's wardrobe. There is more
background stuff going on -every single scene has so much happening that
it feels like there is no letting up. This film looks really, really
good. The visuals are spectacular. The only distraction from the visuals
was during the clone/droid battle on Geonosis, where it looks more like
war footage- gritty, hand-held, with sudden zooms -and not true to the
Star Wars universe.
The aliens felt true, though I wonder if this movie is more of an
animated film than live action. The vehicles were amazing to watch. The
monsters were incredible. The live performers were almost as impressive.
It seemed to me that Natalie Portman had some trouble getting all that
mature and political dialog out of her mouth at some times, and I didn't
quite believe her "I truly, deeply love you", which sounded more like a
teenager. As mentioned below, Anakin's dialog also made me cringe, but
he did act aloof and angry very well. Of all the lightsaber fighters in
this film, I also thought he had the best style, whether he was fighting
Dooku , the Geonosans, droids, or the perverse "droids making droids".
His outfit, different from other Jedi, also helped make him look good
-it was more of a karate gi, which helped make his movements look more
sharp. I was very impressed.
There was also one scene that really points out how a Jedi is
different, and it also belongs to Anakin. While fighting on the conveyor
belt, he uses a Force Push to knock Geonosans and machinery away. I
thought that was terrific, especially since he didn't even seem to be
exerting any effort!
My least favorite scene is still the Coruscant chase, which I found
really boring, despite funny lines from Obi-Wan and Anakin. Although I
seemed to like the music the first time around (see below, the first
review), this time I couldn't stand it. I even skip that track when I
listen to the soundtrack. Once again, except for the love theme (which I
was humming for days afterwards), I found the music to be quite
The story also has some massive holes, many of which I have alluded to
either below or in the
novelization, but it is no worse off for that. My latest question is
how the Senate could not have the time to vote on the clone army if they
could so easily vote to grant emergency powers to the Chancellor? It
didn't take too long for that vote, plus they were ready to vote on the
army of the republic anyway.
I wonder how much of the future Palpatine can see, as he seems to know
that the clone war will start eventually. The start of the war must have
been different from what he envisioned, though. It would not have
started so soon if Obi-Wan and Anakin hadn't chased down Zam, and if Zam
hadn't been killed by Jango, with a dart manufactured on Kamino -a planet
that nobody knew about. Sidious had to have a lot of things come
together just right to force his war. It makes me wonder how he
originally planned it, or if he foresaw the entire thing.
The Jedi also seem to put a lot of stock into Anakin as the potential
person to bring balance to the Force. Do they know what it means to
bring balance? Do they realize that the Force is unbalanced becauseonly the Light Side existed for a long time, and that both sides
are needed in some way?
The ending was also something that affected me. The juxtaposition of
various scenes, especially the pre-Star Destroyers and the wedding,
combined with the Imperial March and Across the Stars music, with Bail
Organa slamming his fist against the balcony, was an amazing way to
close it off. Not at all the happiness that we saw at the end of
The special features were all a lot of fun, with no outright bombs. I always enjoy trailers and TV spots,
and these ones were great, especially
the "action hero Yoda"! Of the deleted scenes, I thought the Senate
chamber didn't come off very well, and most of the others were also
deleted for good reason. However, I would have loved to see Padmé's family
dinner, even the bedroom scene, in the movie proper. I think it was
really necessary, because it adds a lot of emotion to their
relationship, that is not in the rest of the movie, despite what
The behind the scenes feature was very interesting, although I wonder
how much of the next movie will really be an animated film! I don't like
the idea of digital doubles. The other small features all had some extra
value, but often repeated the same scenes. The best features come from
Dex's kitchen. The animation progression was a wonder, but the Sound
documentary was incredible! Sound is something that we know very little
about, unlike visuals, and it was amazing to see it treated here.
Finally, pressing 1138 slowly in sequence in the Options menu brings
about some truly funny outtakes, much better than the ones from the
Episode I DVD.
I am very happy to have finally watched the movie at this time, for
the DVD has restored my faith in this episode. I don't know why I had
such a low opinion of the film between my first time seeing it and now,
especially on IMAX. It's true that this film, especially the love story,
has more moments that make me cringe than the others in this series.
However, it is visually spectacular, which is mostly what a Star Wars
movie is about! I can't put this up to the level of the Classic Trilogy
at this time, but it is definitely the equal to
The Phantom Menace.
November 16th, 2002 on
the IMAX screen for the 3rd time
Definitely not worth seeing on
IMAX, for more than one reason.
The producers of the IMAX features say that they have perfected the
technique of enlarging a movie that was not filmed with the IMAX camera.
I say they still have a ways to go. Any close-ups of actors, whether
they were real or computer-generated, were grainy -or perhaps pixilated
would be a better word in this case. The wide shots were fine, but
otherwise bluescreen edges and slight blurring were easily visible in
The other thing that attempts to ruin the movie is the fixed length of
the IMAX spool. It is said that an IMAX film cannot exceed two hours in
length, because the spools cannot hold any more film, whether due to
weight or space considerations. This means that a full twenty minutes of
the film was missing, and it was noticeable. So many important shots
were simply gone, like convincing Padmé to accept Obi-Wan as bodyguard,
or manipulating Jar-Jar into calling for emergency powers. Others may
not have been missed, like Anakin and Padmé's romp around the green
grasses of Naboo. And many other scenes were simply trimmed down, so
that the casual viewer might not notice it.
The only things that benefited from the larger IMAX screen were the
battles. Watching a war movie, essentially, on Geonosis, was pretty
cool, and the lightsaber shots were neat. But the chase through
Coruscant (I still found it really dull) was way too fast for the giant
screen, so that much of it was a blur, even from the back of the cinema.
In short, the IMAX treatment isn't so great, mainly because of the loss
of some of the movie, but also because the screen actually seems too
large for it! Since this has been my least favorite Star Wars movie, I
think I'll have to wait for the DVD to gain a better appreciation for
July 6th, 2002 in the Theatre
for the second time
I had planned on reviewing this movie in full again, this time with spoilers,
but I don't have the energy, and I figure I'll be watching it again and again,
so I can create a running review every time I see it.
Normally, on second
viewing of any movie like this, I am more impressed, because I can see where it
is going, notice more detail, and so on. This time, however, I felt exactly the
same as I did the first time. There is not actually too much I would add to the
review below, except for some plot-specific points.
I found the beginning to be too long and slow. The chase through Coruscant
went on for too long -it was no podrace, which was more interesting, even though
that was longer.
The love story seemed a little inert, especially after reading the
novelization. I could see where they were going, but I didn't recognize it as a
logical outcome. And I have to ask why Padmé would wear such revealing outfits
in the presence of a young man who adores her so much. I suppose it's because
deep down, she knows that she will love him. Still...
The movie picks up once we reach Geonosis. I don't know how Obi-Wan managed
to hide his presence from Dooku, who must have been alert for treachery -the
novelization specifically mentions that he was captured because the Geonosians
picked up his communications signal as he tried to reach Coruscant, not because
of his presence in the Force.
The one singular thing that impressed me the most was Anakin's fighting
ability. Every time he took out his lightsaber, he looked like he knew how to
use it. He was confident, moved with a grace that even Obi-Wan and Dooku didn't
have -that Vader didn't even have. He was just amazing!
Then, of course, there was the other lightsaber fight -Yoda was fabulous,
though at one point it looked like he had just watched The Matrix. But it was
mesmerizing to watch him. Unfortunately, I think Dooku made his point -the Sith
are stronger. Although I wonder if Yoda wasn't trying to take Dooku alive, I
still think the green Jedi should have cut Dooku's arm or hand off, showing who
is the master.
Still, Yoda's fighting wasn't as impressive as Anakin fighting with two
lightsabers -totally awesome. But still not as good as the fight with Darth Maul
in The Phantom Menace.
Which brings me to the music. I have bought the soundtrack CD, and have
listened to it numerous times. I am totally obsessed with the Across the Stars
love theme. It is a wondrous piece of music. But the rest of the CD is pretty
boring. The only interesting parts come when the love theme is intermixed, or
when we get music from another movie, like Vader's Imperial March, or Maul's
Duel of the Fates. So although I had a new appreciation for the music in the
movie, I still wasn't impressed. I understand why the asteroid chase didn't have
music -those seismic charges were impressive, even if that implies sound
traveling in space- but it could have used something more.
As I alluded to below, I was impressed with the fact that the clone army came
in as good guys. The title implies that they are bad guys, and the use of Clone
Wars in A New Hope also implies this -although we may
change our mind once Episode III comes along. I always like a twist! But for
now, I can see that it is true that Obi-Wan fought beside Leia's father in the
Clone Wars. He and Anakin fought side-by-side!
The other major event that I desperately wanted to mention below was the fate
of Boba Fett. I seriously think that Boba Fett will end up killing Mace Windu in
Episode III. He saw that Jedi kill his father, and I am sure that will help
cement him into the Bounty Hunter he will become, and I am sure he will have
revenge! I look forward to the young reader books that are coming out concerning
The costumes were impressive, the clone troopers were also impressive, and
the battles were impressive. But I found the pacing was off. There appeared to
be too much time given to "beauty shots", of people entering a room, with no
dialog or other sounds, just to show off the settings. I found something
lacking throughout most of the movie. I loved all the Jedi lighting their
lightsabers in the Geonosian arena, and the massive fight that ensued -only
dozens out of the original 200 Jedi survive? But I still found that there
was something missing, though I can't point it out.
I think I will have to see Episodes I and II back-to-back to figure out which
one I like better. Come Christmas-time, I think I'll have to make that
May 18th, 2002 in the Theatre
As I have come to expect from these movies, there was way too much to soak in at
one sitting. This movie was a mixed bag. There were some terrific
moments, and there were some that could have used fixing. The main
attraction here are the special effects, which are outstanding. It is only
the plot that seems to be a little lacking.
I am going to attempt my very
first non-spoiler review. Since I plan to see this movie again in the
theatre, and then several times on DVD, the spoiler parts can wait for another
review. Minor spoilers follow.
When I heard of the title to this movie, I didn't really like it. Of
course, by now, I am used to it, so it doesn't bother me. I was surprised
that George Lucas would give the movie a name like that. But what
surprised me more was the way the clones attacked. I certainly didn't
expect them to attack the adversaries they did. In that, I am impressed.
The acting was far above what I came to expect from watching the trailers.
The main concern was Hayden Christensen in the role of Anakin Skywalker. I
am pleased to report that he does an excellent job. The only point at
which he seemed strained beyond his abilities was when acting childish and
petty, in the whining scene we saw in the trailers. He does anger
extremely well. I even like his quirky smile as he tries to get Padmé to
open her heart to him, or at least reveal her feelings. As for Padmé,
Natalie Portman did an amazing job. She has really grown up; she is a mature
woman in this episode, and knows when to get involved and when to stay aloof.
It is only when she believes they are going to die that she starts opening up.
And, of course, she is beautiful. At one point, I caught a glimpse of her
that I swear was a young Carrie Fisher! And she wasn't kidding when she
stated that there is "more skin" in this movie. Personally, I liked the
bare-backed dress. Apparently, Anakin did as well.
Ewan McGregor is Obi-Wan Kenobi. He mastered the role so well that I could
easily believe that he was simply a young Alec Guinness. He smiles a lot,
and frets a lot. He looks like he is a great Master. But we have to
remember that he learned how to teach from his own master, Qui-Gon, who was a
very reserved man. From the Jedi Apprentice series of novels (which are an
excellent read, even if they are meant for 12 year olds), we know that Qui-Gon
was extremely tough on his Padawan, and rarely complimented him. At least
Anakin gets compliments here.
The other characters have smaller roles, but much larger than secondary
characters did in The Phantom Menace, and they mostly come into play during the
battle scenes. It was nice to see Watto again -I love his line "a Jedi!
What do you know!" It was so amazing. It was also nice to see Ki Adi
Mundi in action, but I wish we could have seen Adi Gallia instead -I'm just in
love with her! Unfortunately, she just gets a tiny non-speaking part in
the Council Chambers. I couldn't find her during the climactic battle.
A Star Wars movie typically travels to three planets in two hours. I
think that is the limit of what we can handle. Here, we travel to five
planets, and I think it's too much. We spend so much time traveling that
we hardly see people doing anything else. And that is my first complaint
about this movie. It is hard to get settled, because even on one planet,
we visit many different locales. When the scenery doesn't stay put, it is
hard to get emotionally tied to the setting.
One thing this movie got right was the humor. This sounds like a major,
major spoiler, but it is not -but it is something that I must say: the
Rise of the Empire is directly the fault of Jar-Jar Binks! Of course, if
he didn't do it, then somebody else would have. But the fact remains that
he put the motion forward! Back to humor, Jar-Jar never bothered me during
The Phantom Menace. But for everyone who hated the Gungan, he has only
three or four scenes, and he is neither clumsy nor too talkative in either one
of them. Jar-Jar is not the humor in this movie.
The problem that I had with the humor in the previous film is that often it
was based on body language. In this film, it is much more subtle (for the
most part). Lines like "Anakin, you will be the death of me" have a
feeling of foreshadowing to them, coming from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Anakin's
look when he loses his lightsaber yet again is one of exasperation.
And Anthony Daniels is a comic genius! I have read his ravings, seen him
perform, and, of course, watched him in four other movies as C-3PO. Here,
he was hilarious, mostly because of what we know from the other movies, but
often he's funny in his own right. Lines like "what a drag" or "I'm beside
myself" deserve groans from the audience, but are funny nonetheless. But
to have C-3PO apologizing for shooting his weapon was worth the scene in itself.
Obi-Wan gets in many other subtle lines and body language, like "Padmé is on top
of things" and so on.
I will have to see the movie again to notice more, but after a first
impression, I was not happy with the original music in this movie at all. The
most noticeable music comes from the other movies. The Imperial March was
introduced at just the right moments, cranking up the tension. Luke's
Theme is also prevalent. Both of these come from the superior
Strikes Back. Elements were borrowed from the Duel of the Fates, the
brilliant track that accompanies the Qui-Gon-Obi-Wan-Darth Maul lightsaber
battle at the climax of The Phantom Menace. While the chase scene on
Coruscant seemed well-scored, where was the music during the asteroid chase?
Something reminiscent but different from the one used in Empire would have been
nice. But it seemed completely unscored! And I didn't notice
anything in the other battles, either. Mostly, I heard sound effects.
But, of course, I can't notice everything on one viewing. Perhaps I missed
it. Time to buy the soundtrack, I guess!
The battles were good, but not the best that we've seen. They are all
much bigger than anything we've seen before, though. Unfortunately, bigger
is not better. The battle with the Gungans in The Phantom Menace was quite
impersonal, which is why we needed Jar-Jar as a general. Still, it was
just droids blowing up nameless Gungans. It was less personal than any
previous battle, mainly because there was so much going on. In Empire, the
Hoth battle included only Luke, but because he could keep track of everything,
it seemed very personal. In Attack of the Clones, the battle was so grand
that it lost my interest, except in viewing the special effects.
Even the lightsaber battle got bigger. It was really nice to see the
Jedi in action, especially Mace Windu. But at one point it degenerates
into a free-for-all, which once again dulls the senses. The more personal
battle between Obi-Wan, Anakin and Count Dooku was much, much better, but never
reaches the energy level of the Darth Maul battle. All I can say about
this battle without giving anything away is that every element shocked me!
From Dooku's Dark Side powers, to the results of Anakin's second offensive, to
Yoda's entry (spectacular, but I thought he should have inflicted at least some
damage!), to the end result, I was not prepared for any of it. And I was
pleased (except for what I mentioned above).
As for the love story, it was quiet, but the two leads never seemed to have
enough on-screen chemistry to show me that they were falling in love. Of
course, Padmé was trying to keep her
distance. But we should have seen the barriers falling down a little more.
Perhaps less traveling around and more romantic lines, because I was surprised
at the way the romantic moments that we got actually worked, for the most part. The best
romance, however, comes when Padmé is consoling Anakin in the Lars homestead on
Tatooine, in complete silence, with only a hand on his shoulder. Speaking
of the Lars homestead, Owen was amazing, and Beru Whitesun, (why do guys always
introduce women as "my girlfriend", so as to avoid confusion?) was stunning, even
with her one line of dialog. I hope we see them again in Episode III.
The best scene in the movie has to be Anakin's hatred and his first major
step to the Dark Side. After a very sweet and sentimental scene with his
mother, which ends with terrible, terrible acting for half a second, Christensen
does his finest acting, and Lucas his finest directing.
The special effects are second to none, I think. So much of the movie
is computer generated (CG), unfortunately, but fortunately it is first class
stuff. There are many moments when we know characters are CG, but
that is only because there could not possibly be an actor doing these parts.
And that is unfortunate, because they don't look CG, but the brain processes
them as such, because we know so much about it. The creatures, especially
in the arena, were amazingly done. I truly believed that the Jedi (and
Padmé) were fighting giant creatures. The planets were all CG, but they
were rendered very life-like. Coruscant was beautiful, even in the fog, as
it was in The Phantom Menace. Naboo was also beautiful, except in the
unrealistic scene where Anakin stands on a creature's back. I couldn't see
the wires, but I could see their effect on the actor. Tatooine looks no
different from in The Phantom Menace or A New Hope, which is nice. The two
new planets, Kamino, full of water and incredibly large waves, and Geonosis,
another desert world, were seen less, but were still quite impressive.
Which leads me to the bad guys. Without spoiling the movie, it is
difficult to talk about Jango Fett and Count Dooku. Actually, aside from
being a separatist and a Jedi, we don't know much about Dooku anyway. And Jango... well, he
is very impressive, especially in the battle on Kamino. And I have an idea
of who will kill Mace Windu in Episode III, assuming Mace doesn't survive the
trilogy (which is just a guess on my part, completely unsubstantiated from any
reports). The Clones enter very little into the actual movie, and in a way
that for me was quite unexpected. I like the way they are good shots, much
better than the stormtroopers in the classic trilogy! I also did not
expect to see the droid army from The Phantom Menace again. As for Zam
Wesell, she was almost completely wasted. A good shot with the rifle, an
amazing pilot, she didn't seem all that smart when it came down to it.
Better luck next time.
I had many little problems in details with this movie, many of which were
cleared up by simply flipping through the
novelization. One was the idea
that Owen Lars was Anakin's half-brother. He is much older than Anakin
-but the book explains that Shmi was not his birth mother, but the only mother
he really knew. Among others is the way Anakin and Padmé simply took off
with C-3PO and never even said goodbye to their hosts. In the book, they
still don't say goodbye or thanks, but Owen gives the droid to Anakin. I
have not yet read the novel, but I am tempted to do so sooner than I would have
And finally, I still don't like the thought of a Jedi being forbidden to
love. I can accept it only if it applies solely to Padawans. A Jedi
should be able to love, especially to pass on his genes. What is the
reasoning? Distraction? A Padawan should avoid distraction, but a
Jedi? Distraction will exist anyway, if only when trying
to avoid it. Maybe I'll understand more with the Episode II era books that
will now enter the market, but for the moment, it looks to me like a rule simply
for the sake of creating conflict. And I dislike that.
In short, the beginning was a little slow, with so many people traveling, and
not doing much. But the tension was ratcheted up and by the end, it was
quite exciting. A weak beginning is easier to forgive than a weak ending,
which haunts movies forever. The acting was good, the dialog could have
used a little more work at times, the special effects were really good, and
there were enough excellent scenes that I like this movie more and more as time
passes. There is one really bad scene, but only one. And to see Yoda
in action is worth the price of admission alone!
There is a lot more that I
want to say about this movie, but that will have to wait for subsequent
viewings. Most people regard this movie as superior to The Phantom Menace.
When I walked out of the theatre, I wasn't so sure. Now, I think it is.
But since I actually enjoyed Episode I, the gap between them is not so great.