#OneBigReason is a bi-weekly series where I take a look at some of the blockbuster films we love to hate and find one redeeming quality that makes it worth a watch.
This week's pick: George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
We all know the story of #GeorgeLucas' original Star Wars trilogy. And we all know the story of the prequels that followed. Suffice it to say, the stories that unfolded for each trilogy of movies were very different.
The prequel trilogy was launched with The Phantom Menace. The film had more political drama in one movie than the entire original trilogy combined. Though it was the most hyped Star Wars movie since #TheEmpireStrikesBack, fans weren’t expecting to come out of the theater flabbergasted at how much screen time the insufferable Jar Jar Binks really had.
While The Phantom Menace wasn’t a completely terrible film, its sequel,#AttackoftheClones, introduced Hayden Christensen’s hatred of sand to the world. Though this movie spawned its deserved share of internet memes and acrimony, but there's one thing that saves it: The sheer number of Jedi in the movie. Despite its flaws, this is the first film where we saw all of the Jedi working together to meet a common goal and for that alone, it deserves another watch.
'Attack Of The Clones' Underscores The Sheer Number Of Jedi That Used To Be
The previous film showcased the Jedi Council, which included Yoda, Mace Windu, and Qui-Gon Jinn. The council also introduced us to some lesser-known Jedi including Ki-Adi-Mundi, Yarael Poof, and a female Yoda figure named Yaddle. Even though we only saw those characters firmly seated on the council in Episode I, the sequel gave us fans what we were all craving, Jedi in action.
After Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme all survive gladiatorial combat, we are finally shown how vast in number the Jedi truly are. The scene where all of the lightsabers ignite throughout the stadium should give any Star Wars fan chills. We learned way back in #ANewHope that the Jedi were later all wiped out at some point. But in Episode II, there were still many living and breathing Jedi.
The Final Battle Shows The Jedi Working Together For A Common Cause
Before the Clones join in on the battle of Geonosis, the Jedi are left fighting hoards and hoards of droids including a new class of Battle Droids, the Super Battle Droids. The Jedi exhibit teamwork by taking out as many Separatist droids as they can. The infinite number of droids puts the Jedi at a big disadvantage.
The camera pans back and forth between our three main heroes along with the other Jedi who are fighting for their lives. The brutal battle also shows their vulnerability and that not all the Jedi are invincible.
The impressive battle sequences, with all of the Jedi using their individual lightsabers and unique skill sets, are definitely something worth praising.
Enough Screen Time For The Jedi's Later Deaths To Be Meaningful
Speaking of the individual #Jedi, Episode II does a great job demonstrating all the secondary characters' unique fighting styles. We are shown brief glimpses of the aquatic Jedi Kit-Fisto, the Kel Dor Plo Koon, and the Jedi from Ryloth, Aayla Secura. All of these Jedi and more have short but impactful sequences that show them fighting in the thick of the action.
George Lucas clearly did this for a reason. He wanted these Jedi to have their few moments because he wanted their later deaths to be more meaningful. Though we don’t learn a great deal about all of them, the quick scenes in which we do see them give us enough reason to mourn their deaths after Palpatine's Order 66 in #RevengeoftheSith. The action sequences are a foreshadowing of what’s to become of these Jedi. Without these scenes, we would not have had that emotional gut punch when we see them all get slaughtered by their own Clone army in Episode III.
The Climactic Jedi Battle Makes ‘Attack Of The Clones’ Worth A Watch
It’s a shame that when people bring up Attack of the Clones, they immediately criticize Christensen's suspect acting and the shoddy dialogue and romantic scenes with Padme. All that aside, Attack of the Clones is an enjoyable film. The film is not just about Anakin's shift to the dark side; there are many other sequences worth mentioning, like the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett on the planet Kamino, as well as the battle between Yoda and Count Dooku. Yes, Anakin was the focal point, but it was the other Jedi around him that made it worth a watch and expanded the Star Wars canon in a huge way.
Do you think the final Jedi battle makes Attack of the Clones worth a second watch? Sound off in the comment section below!
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