June 7th, 2002

More on Star Wars Episode II

Short review:

I liked it; I quite enjoyed myself.

Long review:

With two days' distance, I can see that there were many things lacking in Attack of the Clones. Decent dialogue, for instance, and real romantic chemistry between Hayden Christiansen and Natalie Portman, and a lack of alarm when Anakin admits to slaughtering several hundred people in revenge. Still, there was a lot that was good.

I freely admit to not being a major movie fan, usually going to see a movie once a year and renting videos only slightly more often. Then again, I'm not a particularly big Star Wars fan--I tend to agree with David Brin, in his article for Salon, that Star Trek is a more democratic and attractive future than Star Wars--so that doesn't enter into it. I don't mind Jar Jar Binks overmuch, for example.

Attack of the Clones was nice, in that it put some much-needed flesh on the bare skeleton of the Republic, and its decline. With this episode, I can tell that George Lucas was apparently trying to equate the fall of the Galactic Republic with the fall of the Roman Republic--Palpatine as Caesar, Dukou as Antony, perhaps Darth Vader as a failed Augustus? And who's Cleopatra? Too, there's Coruscant, and, yes, Lucas' special effects. Oh, and Natalie Portman. She looks quite good throughout. And the origin of the Clone Troopers are interesting, though I've never been a fan of them (or of Boba Fett, for that matter). Oh, have I mentioned seeing Yoda in combat?

I enjoyed it. I wouldn't go to the theatre to see it again, but I did enjoy it. So there.
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