A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
The second film in the prequel trilogy titled ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’. The film is about ten years later and Anakin Skywalker is now all grown up, and is excited to see the now Senator Padme Amidala, but there is a bounty hunter out there, so they try to protect Padme, by superhero antics of jumping out of a window and holding on to a worm bot?
‘Attack of the Clones’ is simply all spectacle, and very little substance. By what I mean is that the film mainly focuses heavily on the action CGI sequences, and in the process, care very little on the story that becomes a muddled up, messy film. At times the film focuses on random scenes that doesn’t add up to the film’s overall story, such as the droid cloning factory. You don’t buy the romance between Anakin and Padme, you don’t buy some of the logic in these sequences, such as R2-D2 flying and Anakin jumping out of a speeder, only to land onto the enemy’s ship. The romance between Anakin and Padme is forced and awkward, as an example, there’s a scene where Padme tells Anakin that she doesn’t like Anakin, and then two scenes later she kisses him. Wow!
There are a very few positives, such as the final sequence with many Jedi’s fighting with their lightsabers against these droids was cool to see, but that’s all I can say. Cool looking. I don’t care about these characters due to lack of depth to these characters, so all I’m seeing is just Jedi’s kicking ass. Additionally, Christopher Lee stands out from the rest of the cast, as he is actually an interesting antagonist, it’s just unfortunate he doesn’t have much characterisation to his character or featured prominently in the film until the film’s ending, creating the problem that Darth Maul had in ‘The Phantom Menace’.
‘Attack of the Clones’ gets so little right, but ends up as a disappointingly, joyless ride of spectacle over substance.