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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Movie Review: STAR WARS II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Hello STAR WARS fans!

In case any of you didn't know, today is STAR WARS day! Why? Because we say:

"May the Fourth be with you!"
May 4th, just so happens to be today! Because of that, I'll be reviewing the second episode in the series. If you are not familiar with STAR WARS, you might be wondering why I am reviewing them "out of order". The answer: I am reviewing them in the way that they were made. I am such a huge fan of STAR WARS, and I cannot emphasize how important it is for you to watch them in the following order: IV: A New Hope (1977)V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)I: The Phantom Menace (1999), II: Attack of the Clones (2002), III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), VII: The Force Awakens (2015), and VIII: The Last Jedi (2017). If you don't, some really awesome things will be spoiled.

That being said, there will be no spoilers in this post because:

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

Now, let's get to the review!

"What took you so long?"

I've been busy.


STAR WARS II: Attack of the Clones (2002):
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away..."
Senator Amadala has received threats on her life multiple times where she barely escaped. Because a huge decision is going on the Jedi Council assign Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his padawan Anikan Skywalker to keep her safe. When things get really serious, they split up, Anakin taking Senator Amadala back to her home planet of Naboo, and Obi-Wan trying to find out who is trying to kill her. Will things turn out more serious than the Jedi could have ever imagined?
"Do you think it will really come to war?"
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance.
Length: approx. 142 minutes.
Costumes: 6, it went from a little over the top last time, to a little "under the top" in this one.
Costumes designed by: Trisha Biggar.
My favorite:
Script: 8, the script is pretty good, no bad words. The problem I have is that the actors all seem like they are just reading their lines, it isn't that smooth.
'"Sorry master, I forgot that you don't like flying."
"I don't mind flying, but what you're doing is suicide!"'
(Later) "Oh blast! This is why I hate flying."
Crew:
Directed by: George Lucas.
Written by: George Lucas & Jonathan Hales.
Starring:
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. "Why do I get the feeling that you are going to be the death of me?"
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. "You are focusing on the negative, Ani, be mindful of your thoughts."
Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala.
Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine.
Christopher Lee as Count Dooku.
Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda.
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.
Kenny Baker as R2-D2. "Don't worry, we have R2 with us." (This is true, because R2 is the true hero of all STAR WARS.)
Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett.
Daniel Logan as Boba Fett.
Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker.
Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars.
Leeanna Walsman as Zam Wesell.
Ahmed Best as Delegate Jar Jar Binks.
Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa.
Oliver Ford Davies as Sio Bibble.
Cinematography: 5, this CGI is so, so bad! It seriously looks like it is animated. And it is confusing in some parts with where we are.
See what I mean?
Cinematography by: David Tattersall.
Music: 10!! Oh, I love it! I'm not a huge fan of "Across the Stars", but it is nice.
Music by: John Williams.
Quotes: 10, anything Obi-Wan says is so quotable!
'"You wanna buy some death sticks?"
"You don't want to sell me death sticks."
"I don't want to sell you death sticks."
"You want to go home and rethink your life."
"I want to go home and rethink my life."'
Storyline: 7, there is fighting, violence, loss of limbs, death, gross things, kissing, and suggestive things.
'"I guess I was wrong, there was no danger after all" *explosions*'
Good For: STAR WARS fans, people who are struggling with growing.
Age Range: This has a lot of violence, but I would say anyone over 9 would be fine.
'"Your senses aren't that well attuned, my young apprentice."
"And yours are?"
"Possibly."'
Overall Score: 7.5.
Bonus thoughts:
This is such a long movie, I  feel like it could be shorter. This movie is really "cringy". So many times I felt like banging my head on my desk. They tried to put so many different things in here and it didn't work. That being said, it does have it's good moments.
The way Hayden Christensen plays Anakin can be really creepy at times (and a little "off" because he sounds like he is just saying his lines), but he also is really relatable in parts.
(Sorry all of the pictures are sort of blurry, they haven't been loading well on my computer.)


There we go! Please tell me all of what you think of this movie!

Thanks for reading, and May the Forth be with you!

MovieCritic

12 comments:

  1. I'm not saying I thought this was Hayden Christensen's shining hour, but the reason he sounds so bored most of the time is because he was trying to imitate Darth Vader's monotone voice (which sounds more natural coming from a mask than from a teen boy). I think he did much better in ROtS, though ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    I just watched the prequel trilogy this week because two of my younger siblings are watching Star Wars for the first time ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Oh, I hadn't thought of that! It makes perfect sense, though. True, it does sound better coming from a mask. XD I think this is my least favorite of the prequels, mostly for the story. But, he did do a good job in RotS!
      How fun! I love introducing people to my favorite movies. I hope that they love it as much as I do! :)

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  2. Nice review! I've seen the original trilogy, but I have yet to see this movie.

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    1. Thanks, Kara! I love the originals. Have you seen VII and VIII?

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  3. I just watched this yesterday with a friend. I don't care what some say, the prequels are my favorite! I have such great memories watching these movies with my family. And I don't know, after watching it last night, the acting doesn't seem as terrible as everyone says it is.

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    1. I liked them a lot better this time than when I first watched them. I can totally see why they are some peoples favorites, they are so quotable, and Ewan McGregor is great as Obi-Wan! The main reason I don't love them is because I get so sad watching them, unlike the others in the series, but they are fun to watch every now and then. :) Thanks for commenting, Melody!

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  4. I can't decide which is worse, this one or Phantom Menace. Ugh. Luckily for us, JJ Abrams figured out how to make a trilogy good enough to match the original one so we can try to forget about this sad excuse for a prequel trilogy. Lol :)

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    1. Oh, I think this one is worse, the whole relasionship between Anakin and Padme creeps me out. Haha, that is so true! I'm so glad that they were able to learn from their mistakes here and make the sequels awesome. Can't wait for Dec.! :)

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  5. Hahaha, may the Fourth be with you as well! XD

    Excellent review, I definitely agree with your summary, especially: "So many times I felt like banging my head on my desk." That's exactly what this movie makes me want to do! :D

    Nice job, MC!

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    1. Thanks, Anna! XD

      Oh, yes, at times this movie just drags! It is a really long two hours and how cringy it is gets old very quickly. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. ;)

      Thank you! :D

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  6. Cringy is a good word for the prequels, I still like them despite that.

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    1. There is definitely a likeable factor in them! :)

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