Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Attack of the Clones was released on May 16, 2002. It had been three years since The Phantom Menace (if you haven't read my article on that one click here!) In the movie however ten years have passed since the events of Phantom Menace.
In the first few minutes we see Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman on screen together for the first time. One word perfectly describes this relationship was executed. Awkward.
Their chemistry in the movie is absolutely terrible. I don’t know what to blame: the bad acting or the terrible script. Hayden Christensen's acting is so forced and dry especially while sharing scenes with Natalie Portman. I think that it is one of the real problems with this movie and the prequel trilogy. I honestly think if they had better dialogue and better acting we would have a love story to remember. When I think of Padme and Anakin I think awkward. Not love. If you think about it the whole saga thus far is about Anakin. His innocence and goodness as a child, and how he falls to the Dark Side is what it is all about. If this love story were actually good it would add so much more to the story and the saga of how a good little farm boy can turn into someone like Darth Vader.
Another thing I do not like about Attack of the Clones is the CGI. Now I am all about awesome special effects, but did they just stand actors and actresses in front of a green screen the entire time. Think about the scenes in the movie. I understand that to save time and money things are CGI, but is that the best way? A lot of times in the movie you can really tell that the actors are talking to someone who isn't there and it kinda ruins the magic of the movie.
One thing I appreciate about Attack of the Clones is the fight scenes. When they are in the arena and all the Jedi fight the droids is surely awesome. We never had seen some many Jedi in one place fighting. It was also super cool to see Mace Windu in combat not to mention his purple lightsaber. Watching the Jedi lead the clones into a battle is also pretty cool. (It'd be cooler if they weren't all CGI!) One on of my favorite parts is when Obi-Wan and Anakin fight Count Dooku. Sure Anakin was an idiot at the beginning of this certain fight, but thankfull it gets better and lives up to hype. When Obi-Wan was out and throws Anakin his lightsaber as a young kid I flipped out. You say what? You can fight with two lightsabers? I thought that was the most amazing thing a Jedi could do.
This movie was also the first time we get to see Yoda wield a lightsaber. I mean it was Yoda. Not just sitting and talking but actually getting in on the action. Now was this fight making a ton of sense watching Yoda bounce off the walls? Not really but it was still super cool.
All in all Attack of the Clones was an ok Star Wars movie. It is definitely not my favorite. it did have some good parts and it had some really bad parts. What were your favorite/least favorite parts of this one? Leave your comments below!