Movie Review #364: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones

A reminder that mistakes of the past can still be corrected

By mitigating the errors done in Episode I, such as the noticeable drop in Jar Jar Binks’ screen time, Attack of the Clones manages to distance itself from the lone bad entry to the Star Wars franchise and at the same time becomes more associated with the original trilogy.

Replacing a race car scene with a cheesy romantic story arc isn’t a huge improvement, but at least I it felt more necessary and important. There is a sizeable improvement in Natalie Portman (Amidala) and Ewan McGreggor’s (Obi-Wan) acting; and the addition of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker served as a catalyst for me to connect more with their characters. As we inch closer to Episode IV, the plot becomes more intense and while most already know what happens eventually, there’s a bonus nostalgic element to the movie that made me enjoy it much more.

The resurgence of Master Yoda which I have grown to like also delivered this time around. And while he may not be his former (or eventual) funny self, his action moment was no doubt one of the highlights of the whole movie. As more lightsabers are used and the display of the Force become more powerful, it becomes more fun and fortunately ‘fun’ is what represents Episode II.

GRADE: B

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