"Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" (2002) | Movie Review Issue #145 Gem Mint 10.0

“Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones“ (2002)

Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas, Jonathan Hales

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Temeura Morrison, Ahmed Best, Rose Byrne, Leeanna Walsman

Rated: PG for sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence

Runtime: 2h 22min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Country: United States

Language: English

Available: various VOD platforms / Disney+

"Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi."

You might like this if you like: George Lucas, 'Star Wars', Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Akira Kurosawa, Samurai, Knights, Magic, Space, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Temeura Morrison, Ahmed Best, Rose Byrne

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones“ (2002)

Pretty close to being my favorite of the ‘Star Wars’ films. There’s so many now it’s hard to pick just one, but even when it came out I found it terrifying and fascinating.

I remember being immediately intrigued by by getting to see the origin of the ‘Stormtrooper’. They’d always been my favorite in a weird way and getting to see all the variations in classes / generations always peaked my creativity. The armor, designs, the purpose of their creation, their story was something I finally felt I got to explore in “Attack of the Clones”.

Leeanna Walsman in “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones“ (2002)

It was the start of the fall of the Jedi and I just found it to be such a great point in time to explore in that universe. Being as it was talked about back in 1977 in “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope”. Finally getting to see that was something I just had to sink my teeth in.

On top of clones galore, we also get the most Jedi we’ve ever seen in a ‘Star Wars’ film to date. I remember that blowing everybody away in the theater! So many people cheered and felt like fans were finally getting to see things that were teased in that universe for years!

Hayden Christensen in “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones“ (2002)

I also love the MASSIVE jump in beautiful animation and visual effects. Some of the effects in “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” don’t age well, at least for me. It does help make this one look absolutely outstanding, especially if you watch them back to back.

It’s also really awesome that we get to see 'Boba Fett'’s origin story and see how he’s connected to the 'Clones' and 'Stormtroopers'. The hunt for the bounty hunter is one of my favorite parts of the film!

Ewan McGregor in “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones“ (2002)

The scene that still runs chills up my spine, and I love it for doing so, is when 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' lands on 'Kamino' after tracking 'Django Fett'’s ship to the cloning facility. It’s the moment where 'Kenobi'' meets the 'Kaminoans' and they reveal to him that they’ve been waiting for his arrival for years and an army is waiting for him. For some reason, that moment always hit me so hard. I felt like 'Obi-Wan' in that moment. Like, I just came here following some 'Bounty Hunter' and all of a sudden.. I meet this entire new race that wasn’t discoverable on the galactic map and was off the grid, it just seemed so creepy and cool. All of a sudden he’s got an army at his disposal that’s been training and prepping for years and he had no idea! Like what? That’s f***ing awesome!

Christopher Lee as 'Count Dooku' is just so much fun to watch! Not my favorite character of all time, but Christopher Lee’s performance really stands out to me. We also get a whole lot more Samuel L. Jackson and finally see what his lightsaber looks like!

Samuel L. Jackson in “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones“ (2002)

I’m also a huge sucker for any movie that has a gladiator pit… I’ll always be entertained. It gets pretty epic!

One of my favorites of the ‘Star Wars’ flicks! Especially as it leads us into the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008-2020). I really do enjoy Hayden Christensen! I never got why so many people didn’t like his portrayal, I think he played the role of Anakin pretty damn well. Ewan and Natalie, as I feel for entire prequel trilogy, once again hold the film together for me.

There’s so many beautiful moments in this one, I’m not saying it’s a perfect film, as I’ve said before I don’t believe in perfection, I just really love this movie! I’m action fan and this one just delivers the goods!

Written by Sam Gall on 08/01/21

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"Bringing Christopher Lee into the mix has an undeniable appeal that reminds of Peter Cushing's involvement in the original 1977 film." - Mike Massie, Gone With The Twins

"It's the sheer scale of the storytelling that makes this episode superior to its immediate predecessor, and then of course there's the look of the movie. The production design is superb, with a real sense of cinematic wonder." - Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail (UK)

"The latest entry in George Lucas' transgalactic saga of the moral rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker and the deterioration of democracy into despotism has an electric visual majesty and boasts Lucas' best direction since American Graffiti." - Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

"George Lucas puts away childish things and gets down to business with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the movie Jedi disciples waited 16 years to see and got Episode I instead." - Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times

"As convincing a job as they, Christensen, and Lee do, they all end up being upstaged by the jaw-dropping skills of a CGI creation: Yoda (again voiced by Frank Oz), who finally gets a chance to show exactly why he has such a legendary reputation." - Michael Dequina, Film Threat

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