Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002), Cert PG.

Director - George Lucas.

Writers - George Lucas & Jonathan Hales.

Starring - Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Ian McDairmid & Frank Oz.


In this part of the review I'm going to go into detail and list ten reasons why I love Attack Of The Clones. You should be warned however, that unlike my original review, this piece will contain SPOILERS regarding the plot of the film and the fates of the characters.

1. Obi Wan & Anakin's Relationship - I loved the love/hate relationship these two characters have. Anakin constantly say's that Obi Wan is holding him back, but he will put his own life on the line to save him, calling him the closest thing he's got to a father. Obi Wan is clearly wary of Anakins power, perhaps doubting his own abilities to train him to a high enough standard. I loved the throwaway line, 'I have a feeling you'll be the death of me Anakin'. Prophetic stuff.

2. The Puppet Master - Chancellor Palpatine is the main player, pulling the strings in the background in order to achieve his goals. He is orchestrating the civil war in order for the senate to give him 'war powers', in essence giving him the power to pass motions without putting them to vote. In short through creating a civil war he has not only depleted the Jedi ranks, but he has also made himself a dictator, very clever. The only question remains, Are Palpatine & Darth Sidious the same person or is Palpatine a clone of Sidious?

3. Jango & Boba Fett - I loved the scenes of Boba & Jango together. All Jango wanted was to have a boy of his own, something that isn't suited to the bounty hunter lifestyle. What better way than your very own clone? The glee on Boba's face as they are hunting down Obi Wan in the asteroid field is delightful. The pain on his face a he sees his father killed by Mace Windu is heartbreaking. Little wonder then, that Boba grows up to be an even more feared bounty hunter than his father.

4. The Asteroid Field Chase - The scene is tremendous. Action packed and tense, it's a real cat and mouse affair. The highlight? Seismic charges. WOW!!!! That sound is just amazing, a stunning piece of sound design.

5. The Death Star - A Geonosion elder gives Count Dooku the Death Star plans near the end of the film. Nothing major, but I got a real kick out of seeing that holographic image of the Death Star. It kind of grounds Clones in to the original films mythos in a way that Menace was unable to do.

6. Christopher Lee - An absolute joy to watch, a master craftsman. The kind of distinguished actor that Clones really needed. He brings a dark menace to the film in the same way that Vader and the Emperor did to the original films.

7. Mace Windu & His Light Saber - Sam Jackson gets a much larger part in Clones than he did in Menace and he is brilliant. In one scene he can be quietly meditating with Yoda, the next kicking some major ass. Love the purple saber, word is he had BMF inscribed in the handle!

8. Anakin's Turmoil - The pain etched on Anakin's face when he finds his mother in the Tusken camp. The way it turns to blind fury as she dies in his arms. The retelling of the tale to Amidala. 'I killed them all, not just the men, but the women and the children too, they're animals.' Chilling stuff.

9. C-3P0 & R2-D2 - They had little or no screen time in Menace, but they are back with a bang in Clones. Providing the comedy exactly as they did in the original films. I adored the stuff with 3PO on the conveyer belts and who new he was a whiz with the puns? Nice.

10. Yoda - I saved the best till last. I have been waiting since the first time I saw Empire to see Yoda light up his lightsaber and kick some ass and boy, was it worth the wait. It's a dream come true for any Star Wars fan. The pissed off look on his face when Dooku has the cheek to throw force lightning at him is classic. Yoda doesn't take his saber from his belt, oh-no. He uses the force to levitate from his belt to his hand! Excellent. He jumps around fast as lightning easily matching Dooku for saber skills (this is a guy who has just kicked Obi Wan's ass and cut off Anakins arm). Only some dirty tricks on Dooku's part allow him to escape. Stunning stuff, I was grinning from ear to ear. Loved it.

So there you have it, ten reason's why I loved Attack Of The Clones. Granted these are all fanboy, Star Wars, geek reasons, but hey, I'm a fanboy, Star Wars, geek!