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28 May 2002

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Film review:- Star Wars Episode 2.


From its humble beginnings in 1977 with Star Wars I wonder if George Lucas would have dreamt that the films would still be a huge success?  Star wars has had so many spin offs and spoofs like one called "Star Wars Holiday Special" that was made in 1978. We ask would this film make a new generation cinema goers to hold it so dear or is the magic now lost under hype?  Well we took our selves to see "Attack of the Clones." and find out for our selves.  

Everything George Lucas did wrong in "The Phantom Menace" that was disappointing I have to say was made good in this one.  It engrossed the young kids in the cinema and they went out with beaming smiles.  I do think though that for our generation the film is a bit lacking in the original films ambience, but it is now a regular genre and most films have emulated it so the hole feel of an original concept has been lost for ever.  Before Star Wars the idea of blending genres of science fiction serials, westerns and fantasy classics genres had never been done, but the bold move paved the way.   Sadly this has no new moves and keeps to its now time honored traditions.  The only unusual thing about this is that the film has been made to slot into the middle of the series and that I have to admit is new...   The story on the hole evolves around the start of the saga and recounts the coming of age of Annakin Skywalker as a Jedi and introduces the new enemy the "Dark Side"

The film has a strong storytelling that was lacking in the last film to be made and thank fully No more Jar Jar Binks.  The tagline "A Jedi Shall, Not Know Anger, Nor Hatred, Nor Love." tells us what is to come.  Yes the start of the love after between Annakin Skywalkerand and Senator Padmé Amidala.  It is also the introduction to the hidden depths of Luke's fathers past and his hidden emotions.  The film begins when Jedi knight Obi Wan Kenobi and his protégé Annakin being summoned to protect the Amidala; an outspoken senator, paving the way for the investigation that is to drive the plot.  This spans  another angle as well when the plot takes on a emotional transformation as Annakin shows his anger and hatred in sub plot that shows pain, love and fury, that has never been seen in a "Star Wars" movie before.   Then it turns to the usual guns blazing and fighting plot.   Something that did surprise me was the emotional content that was lacking in all the other Star Wars films and it also showed the after math of the fighting.   Watch out for the sad face of the bounty hunters son!   Through out the film though the mechanical duo with C3PO and R2D2 do provide light hatred fun.   I have to admit though I would not have put Yoda as a fighter, more as a passive by stander.....   In this film though he rocks!  I will not say any more or I will spoil the plot.  

George Lucas returned to his creative roots, but this years best has yet to come with Spiderman and others in hot pursuit.  I have to say 4 out of 5 for this film. Worth watching, but not ground braking and can wait to the TV shows it on every Christmas!  Their is far to much hype attached to this film and that destroys it.

Actors, first credits only:-  

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman as Senator Padmé Amidala, Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Christopher Lee as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Frank Oz as Yoda, Ian McDiarmid as Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine/Darth Sidious, Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker,  Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett 
Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa, Jack Thompson as Cliegg Lars, Leanna Walsman as Zam Wesell, Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks (voice)/Ahck Med-Beq, Rose Byrne as Dormé and Oliver Ford Davies as Sio Bibble 

Writing credit and directed by:- George Lucas.         

Film Review by Patrick Trollope.

Film Age Rating In The UK
    Running Time 143 mins.
 Our verdict 4 stars out of five stars.
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