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Saturday, 9 October 2010
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The second prequel to George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983) is set ten years after The Phantom Menace (1999), and sees Anakin (Hayden Christensen) as a Jedi trainee under Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and reuniting with Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) and forbidden romance is in the air. At the same time Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), a former Jedi master and apprentice of Yoda's (Frank Oz) is leading an army to overthrow the Jedi and turn them all to the darkside.
The effects are just as excellent as those in The Phantom Menace with CGI giving Lucas's "galaxy far, far away" a truly beautiful new life and making the Saber Duels more stunning and visually impressive than ever before. Lee's Count Dooku doesn't get a great deal of character development, however, Lee makes the character cold, cunning and the typical type of spine-tingling villain that Lee has so wonderfully created since the start of his career in 1948.
The film, however, has a rather disappointing screenplay, with underdeveloped characters who don't particularly contribute to the overall film; long, dragged out scenes in outer space that don't really fit in with the main plotlines; battles that are visually impressive but generally end too fast and get no development; and a corny romance played poorly by Portman and Christensen and will make you cringe, thanks also to the fact they are the leads of a poor quality cast, even McGregor, who has next to no authority as Obi-Wan. Lee is the only decent member of the cast, while the majority of other cast members, unsupported by the screenplay, give wooden, forced, underdeveloped performances, that don't keep one's attention particularly.
All in all this is worse than The Phantom Menace, and is a very disappointing entry in the Star Wars franchise. The effects and Christopher Lee may be good, but that's about all.
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Christopher Lee, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Temuera Morris, Jimmy Smits, Daniel Logan, Leeanna Walsman, Silas Carson, Ahmed Best.
Oscar nomination: Best Visual Effects (Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, Ben Snow).