Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Twenty-five years after the original “Star Wars” forever blended and changed the special effects and motion picture industry, the imaginative universe of George Lucas still captivates faithful fans and new viewers. Ten years have passed since “Episode I,” when young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) was discovered on the planet Tatooine and taken as apprentice to the Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Queen Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) has become the influential Senator Amidala of Naboo in the government chambers of the Republic. Threats on Padmé’s life lead the Jedi Council to assign Obi-Wan and the now adult Anakin to protect the Senator.
Keeping a close eye on Padmé re-ignites Anakin’s feelings for the young woman and cause him to question the Jedi rules against love. But love takes a back seat to action as the Federation’s army of droids marches against the Republic. Political intrigue, secret alliances, exciting chases, battles large and small, and a computer-generated Yoda (voice of Frank Oz) showing his mastery of the light-saber will capture a new generation of viewers.
Many “Star Wars” enthusiasts agree that “Attack of the Clones” was better than “The Phantom Menace,” and that the final new “Star Wars” film, “Revenge of the Sith,” was the best of the three. “Attack of the Clones” does have some good moments. The story revolves around a grown up Anakin Skywalker, and the audience begins to see glimpses of the future Darth Vader.
When a tragedy occurs in Anakin’s life, his temper is unleashed. The film picks up momentum near the end, with a ground battle between the Jedi and droids, and culminates in a light saber battle which includes Yoda acting like the great warrior we always knew he was. Young Anakin loses an arm, reminiscent of Luke from “The Empire Strikes Back,” but he lives to face new adventures in “Revenge of the Sith.”
The special effects are well done, although it is a bit obvious in some scenes that CGI is being utilized. Because of the space and fantasy violence, we approve this film for ages twelve and above and we award it four doves. We commend the filmmakers for including a marriage at the end of the film, revealing that their stamp of approval is on marriage.