Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) – The Saga Continues

In 2002, George Lucas released “Attack of the Clones” directed by himself. This time, this movie is talking more about the development of Anakin Skywalker. Constantly, it shows his downfall and for the reason why he fell into the dark side. On the other hand, the title itself has nothing to do with it because I don’t see a story about “Attack of the Clones” itself; doesn’t really count except at the climax. The misleading title has nothing to do with the whole story. It’s not what they want to tell you about. As with “The Phantom Menace“, “Attack of the Clones” doesn’t seem like the same in general. It’s just a decent and average movie. There is nothing special.

“The Phantom Menace” was, indeed, a prequel; far from the connection of the trilogy of “Star Wars”. “Attack of the Clones” has a slight improvement in its story. Regardless of the title, the story was able to make it relevant in its universe. It’s intact and didn’t seem to be pointless on the second hand conveying the truth. The main plot is a mystery, tried to find the perpetrator who tried to kill Padmé. It’s another interesting part in here. But, like “The Phantom Menace”, this movie still has no connection between its stories.

“Attack of the Clones” discusses the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin; seems complex and predictable for the next movie, “Revenge of the Sith”. Even though it’s a good point. We have imagined how their conflicts were, they don’t trust each other, and don’t help each other. In addition, there is another subplot, the relationship between Anakin and Padmé. There is no such thing as “Attack of the Clones” in the entire story. Considering this is “Star Wars”, I don’t really know George Lucas really loves this part.

The romance between Anakin and Padmé feels dark, I admit, but it just feels awkward and wasting so many times. The dialogue is just awkward, they often say the same things as “I am a Jedi. Jedi cannot love, has no feelings, and no anger.” or “We can’t love each other because I am a Senator.” The irony is funny. The parallel story on the other side about Obi-Wan trying to find a bounty hunter is another interesting part. While the entire movie, it spent a lot into the romance part.

There are good points from Anakin’s character development, it feels emotional when little by little, it seems like it falls into the dark side. One example when he finds his mother dying, his expression is genuinely full of anger and hatred. This is just a quick part of the movie, immediately switches back to the pointless thing. The saga part for the rest is also the most interesting aspect of the movie. Yet, still, it’s just the same as the whole story. In conclusion, it feels monotonous. There are some great cameos such as Boba Fett.

Another good part about this movie is the duel between Yoda and Count Dooku. I think this is the most intriguing and weird battle in the entire trilogy. “A New Hope” has a tedious fight and the rest is just the part of the saga besides it. A lot of people said this is one of the worst and stupid lightsaber fight between the whole “Star Wars” trilogy. I find it amusing and weird at the same time. You can see the Yoda fight while the rest of the trilogy just looks as he was a puppet without any visual effects. It feels the dependency between visual effects and how Yoda was move.

George Lucas’s ambition in making the prequel series seemed to slump. He was more dependent on the visual effect than the original story. I also didn’t really expect he chose Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. His acting is good but the script is just dull. Almost everything in this movie feels like a comic than a movie. Since I liked “Jumper”, I saw him as an emotionless character. But, I love his expression, showing a terrifying gimmick when he meets with Padmé and when he falls into the dark side. “Attack of the Clones” seems to be a great grain for what George Lucas has done after “The Phantom Menace”. After critics criticized the movie, he seemed to make a plot it become so bad it was even worse than “The Phantom Menace”.

“Attack of the Clones” likes to switch its plot and sub-plot rather than showing an actual storyline. The sub-plot explain more about Anakin’s development, why he falls into the dark side are the important things. I don’t know why to seem to be awkward and pointless. A misleading title, this is a cartoon. It has a goofy visual effect. This movie indeed is entertaining and has a straight point. Yet, this movie had not reached the level of quality in terms of originality and others.

3 out of 5 stars.