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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the CGI

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones is a 2002 scifi/fantasy adventure directed by George Lucas. It acts as the second film in the prequel trilogy to the original Star Wars trilogy. Set ten years after the events of "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.. The film stars Hayden Christensen as Annakin Skywalker, i find Hayden better than The Phantom Menace's Jake Llyod as Annakin, he is the right choice for Annakin Skywalker - the future Darth Vader, he has the right tone, and we begin getting more of how Annakin becomes Darth Vader, but i think the dialogue messes up the whole film. Ewan McGregor is fantastic as Obi Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman is amazing as Padmé Amidala, her and Annakin's relationship is explored very well, unfortunately, the bad writing messes up how the relationship is, including having unnecessary moments. Other stars in the film are Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Lee, Frank Oz and more, overall the acting is so much better than the Phantom Menace, but a few acting roles could use improvement.

The visual effects are good, and i only mean the way the planets looked, the asteroid fields, the lightsbaers etc. But the film is a CGI fest, instead of calling it Attack of the Clones, it should be called Attack of the CGI, which is overused so much that it begins to feel like a cartoon, especially the clone armies, and the creatures. The plot makes more sense than the Phantom Menace, but it still suffers from unfilled plot points and confusion throughout it, with a very bad script, it still is an improvement over The Phantom Menace.

One of the biggest problems with this film was the pacing, at 2hr. 22m, the film felt so long, and i got bored waiting for the film to finish. Towards the end of the film, it started to drag and get super dull at times. The plot also got weird throughout the film, and its the dialogue's fault. The score was excellent, my favorite part of the film is when Annakin Skywalker is going to find his mother and he leaves on his weird motorcycle thing, and the John Williams score starts playing, that was amazing and put a smile on my face, there is so much work put into the musical score and it's great! The makeup and hair-styling was incredible, along with the film having beautiful set design and a very interesting art direction.

It has bad dialogue, bad pacing, and fails on the storytelling, but Attack of the Clones is better than the Phantom Menace, it has more action, and a more solid entry in the prequels.

I would rate this film a 68/100 - Decent


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