JT Film Review

45 – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones REVIEW

3/5 stars

Director – George Lucas

Cast – Ewan McGregor, Hadyn Christenson, Natalie Portman, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz


— follows Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

— followed by Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


star_wars_episode_two_attack_of_the_clones_verdvdThe second in Lucas’ prequel series, Attack of the Clones, features some excellent scenes and some iconic sequences. We see the rise of Anakin, soon to become Darth Vader, and begin to understand the choices and events which shaped him into one of cinemas greatest villians.

The visual sense of the movie is awe-inspiring. During the first half we see many sweeping views of the city-planet Coruscant. We have heard this plant reffered to before, but now we see it in all its glory. It truly is amazing. However there is so much of it that after a while we become numb to it. The key to great and inspiring images is usually simplicity. What is one of the best images in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and an iconic image in general? A single Star Destroyer in space emerging slowly from the top of the screen. It’s iconic becuase it is simple and has great visual impact. In Attack of the Clones everything is so cluttered that it’s hard to grasp onto.

The storyline is cluttered as well, and goes on far too long. One of the driving forces of the story is the blossoming relationship between Padme and Anakin. This whole aspect is what cripples the story. Not only does Anakin come off as extremely creepy, but the romantic dialogue is awful, trite, and full of cliche. And there’s so much of it! Hadyn Christenson is half-decent (see Shattered Glass) when he is given good material, but here that is rare to say the least. The action scenes are spectacular, but they really can not make up for a good story.

However I must admit that the fighting/battle sequences are good. There is a space battle between Boba Fetts father and Obi Wan Kenobi (in an asteroid field) that is wonderful. The last bit of the movie is a huge battle between the Jedi’s Clones and battle droids, and is of huge scope and grandeur. Yoda also has his first fight scene that we have seen, and it is spectacular. Having Yoda fight Chrisopher Lee (as Count Dooku) was a great choice. It could have been quite a ridiculous thing, watching a little frog hopping around in a lightsaber fight, but it works quite well. Watching him zipp around was one of my favorite things I could remember from the first time I saw it in theatres.

attackoftheclonesAfterwards we see that Count Dooku has employed some of his allies to build a certain large moon-like space station, the Death Star. Realizing you have just seen the birth of just an iconic image was wonderful.

However as I said, without a well done storyline the movie starts to fail. Without the epic fights, sweeping battles, and the sheer power of the mythology, the movie would have fallen flat. Even with all those, it still isn’t great. Just “mediocre”, with awesome moments sprinkled in randomly.


Star Wars fans will be the ones to get the most out of Attack of the Clones. It’s worth a watch, but mainly because of what it is a part of, not on its own merits. It’s a bit too long, and George Lucas still can’t write dialogue to save his life.



“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



September 8, 2009 - Posted by | 3 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Fantasy, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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