13 April 2014

Star Wars - Episode 2 Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode II – The Attack of the Clones 2002
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Pernilla August, Ian MacDiarmid, Jimmy Smits
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Ewan McGregor – The Ghost Writer, The Island, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Moulin Rouge, Young Adam, Little Voice, Velvet Goldmine, A Life Less Ordinary, Brassed Off, Train Spotting, Shallow Grave, Big Fish
    • Natalie Portman – Thor, Black Swan, Darjeeling Limited, V for Vendetta, Closer, Cold Mountain, Léon (The Professional), Paris je t’aime, Mars Attacks!, Anywhere but Here, Beautiful Girls, Heat
    • Hayden Christensen – Factory Girls, Virgin Suicides
    • Christopher Lee - Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow
    • Pernilla August   I don’t think I’ve actually seen her in a film but her Svinalängorna (she directed) is a masterpiece.
    • Jimmy Smits – Jane Austen Book Club, NYPD Blue, Switch
    • Samuel L. Jackson – 1408, Kill Bill, The Red Violin, The Negotiator, Jackie Brown, The Long Kiss Good-Night, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jurassic Park, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues, Sea of Love, Do the Right Thing, Ragtime
  • Why? Part of the series
  • Seen:  April 11, 2014
       "Less is more" is not a principle in this film. Except for the story. Which is practically nothing. Lots of planets are rebelling and the bad guys are after Queen (now Senator) Padmé (for some reason) and there aren’t enough Jedi to save the Republic and young Anakin Skywalker is disobedient and in love with Padmé and an unlikeable ass and angry because his mother has been kidnapped and murdered by bad guys and...so on. I guess this is where he turns bad, although it seems he was on his way all along.  Anyway, when he can’t save his mother’s life he decides to become all-powerful and he turns against Obi-Wan Kenobi.
       It’s somewhat interesting but filled with platitudes and shallow sentiments that try to be deep but don’t make me feel anything. Especially the love story and the wedding. Blah.
       As before the special effects and the visuals are spectacular and C3-PO and R2D2 meet. That’s fun.  Padmé is tough and her run through the killer clone factory is a bit exciting.  And the gladiator battle is imaginative. Especially when all the Jedi show up. And old Yoda! The little fella isn’t just cute!
       Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and Pernilla August deserve better but it has its points.

2 1/3 * of 5


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