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Ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace, not only has the
galaxy undergone significant change, but so have our familiar heroes as they are
thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of
Naboo. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padme whose life is threatened by a
faction of political separatists.
Sci-Fi Adventure Action - The majority of the movie consists of talking, which sets up the
story at the present and for the next movie. Some younger viewers
may find this a little slow. I doubt true fans will mind.
Fortunately the visuals are outstanding and will help keep your
interest. The few action scenes there are, are very good.
PROFANITY: One Damn. No others. SEX/NUDITY: A woman is seen briefly in a thong type bottom. VIOLENCE: Pretty much what you've seen in the others. Nothing graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Not a great deal of action, but what there is, is very well done. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks are made.
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Review Above Average "Zip and butt-kicking. That's what's missing now in
this venerable 25-year-old franchise. ...all the lightsaber showdowns in
the universe and all the space races wherein one zooming vehicle shoots at
another can't supply the pizzazz of one gripe from Han Solo or the magnificent
terror of one James Earl Jonesian rumble from Darth Vader.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint,
it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise
of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.''
Review Average "There is a certain lifelessness in some of the acting,
perhaps because the actors were often filmed in front of blue screens so their
environments could be added later by computer. Actors speak more slowly than
they might--flatly, factually, formally, as if reciting. ...Episode II--
Attack of the Clones is a technological exercise that lacks juice and
delight. The title is more appropriate than it should be.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "...while it was always clear that Lucas cared more about
special effects than acting, here his lack of interest has produced phenomenally
wooden performances from newcomers and veterans alike: Only the imperious
Christopher Lee, as baleful Count Dooku, emerges unscathed. Still, fans will
groove on the film's many spectacular fight sequences, and welcome the answers
to such mysteries as why Boba Fett has such a bee in his helmet about the Jedi
and where the imperial stormtroopers came from.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
As expected, these are some extremely
high opinions. There is an incredibly high number of "Fantastic"
opinions. There are a fair number of mediocre opinions, which can probably be
attributed to a non-fan seeing the movie with a fan. This is obviously a
movie I can highly recommend.
If you're a Star Wars fan, GO SEE EPISODE II! (as if you really need any encouragement :-)
Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I realize my opinions won't really sway anyone's decision to see or not see this movie, but here goes anyway. I thought it was EXCELLENT! Better than the first one, which I also enjoyed. It had quite a bit of exciting action, but it does have a lot of talking that may bore those who go mainly for the action. I was very impressed by the detail of the sets. The futuristic cities were so incredibly realistic looking due to the extreme detail. I have no doubt that any fan will be very satisfied.
The newest chapter in Lucas' saga, Star Wars: Episode II
Attack of the Clones,
is set ten years after the events of Episode I The Phantom Menace. The Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos. A separatist movement encompassing hundreds of planets and powerful corporate alliances poses new threats to the galaxy that even the Jedi cannot stem. These moves, long planned by an as yet unrevealed and powerful force, lead to the beginning of the Clone Wars — and the beginning of the end of the Republic.
To counter this looming menace, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, continuing his consolidation of power, authorizes the creation of a Great Army of the Republic to assist the overwhelmed Jedi.
Against this troubling setting, our familiar heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker are thrown together for the first time since the conflict between the Trade Federation and Padmes home planet, Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher, while Padme, the former Queen of Naboo, is now a distinguished Senator. Anakin and Obi-Wan are assigned to protect Padme, who is targeted for assassination.
As Obi-Wan investigates the mystery behind the threat on Padme's life, he travels to two disparate worlds on the galaxy's outer rim. There, he encounters a fearsome bounty hunter whose role in the mystery extends far beyond
Obi-Wan's initial suspicions. Obi-Wan also crosses paths with a once-revered, but now disillusioned Jedi Master who leads the separatist movement.
With Obi-Wan away on his vital mission, Anakin is left to guard
Padme, first on Naboo and then on the young Padawan's home planet of Tatooine, where he makes a fateful discovery. Growing closer, Anakin and
Padme find themselves torn between duty and honor and a love that is forbidden. As powerful forces prepare to collide in epic battle, they and Obi-Wan face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic.