Attack of the Clones

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Twentieth Century Fox Presents A Film Directed By George Lucas. Produced By Rick McGallum. Written By George Lucas And Jonathan Hales. Photographed By David Tattersall. Edited By Ben Burtt. Music By John Williams. Running Time: 124 Minutes. Classified PG (For Sustained Sequences Of Sci-Fi Action/Violence).

 

No doubt George was feeling a little bad about himself and the ill feelings most of us felt towards Episode One in his beloved saga. This could account for the noir style he attempts in The Attack of the Clones.

 

From the opening moments of the film where you see a ship docking through a dense fog only to land on an explosion you can see that this film is trying to take a few steps into a darker tone. This style is continued in the form of a detective story, very familiar to noir, where we find Obi-Wan following clues from an assassin to a city of mysterious cloners to a droid factory and an eventual ambush.

 

On the other hand there’s a budding romance between Luke and Leia’s parents, Anakin and Padme (ten years older since Phantom). Some people were really cruel on these two and granted they are far from resembling Harry and Sally, but there are a few really good scenes between these two. My problem was that Anakin just seemed a little creepy when he was coming on a bit too strong with lines like “You’re just the way I remember you in my dreams.” Now before that line he was making progress, but tell a girl you’ve dreaming about her for the last ten years and she might get a little scared despite your sincerest intentions. Upon my viewing of Lucas’ audio commentary on the DVD he admits he actually intended this very thing. Wow George, here I am actually defending you.

 

The most famous moment in the film comes as Yoda goes ape shit all over Count Dracula…sorry Dooku. This is where I have more problems with these first two in the prequels. The duels have no emotional significance. In the original it was former Master versus Apprentice in the second in was Father and Son and the same in the third only this time Luke would make the fateful turn to the dark side in the interest of protecting his sister from their evil father. In this film Obi-Wan and Anakin confront Dooku or Darth Tyranus to stop him from getting on a ship thus preventing further war. This is followed by the film’s crescendo as Yoda twirls into a Tasmanian Jedi. He reveals that Dooku was once his student, but this has nothing to do with the rest of the film.

 

This film is entertaining, far better than The Phantom Menace and does show that Lucas is still growing as a filmmaker. Consider a moment between Anakin and Dooku as they duel. All the lights are gone and all you see are the flashes that their swords make upon clashing. This was truly an artistic move that shows bravery in Lucas even while under heavy scrutiny. To counter these decisions Lucas seems to throw a few things in strictly for fan approval rather than significance once again. The inclusion of Boba Fett and his father as main plot characters, much less Jar Jar, an asteroid chase harkening back to The Empire Strikes Back and finally a dozen plus Jedi swinging their lightsabers into action in a charge resembling something out of Braveheart.

 

While it’s nice to see that Lucas cares about us it would have been even nicer if he would have persuaded Lawrence Kasden to come back and tighten up the script a bit.

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~ by fumikaelson on July 21, 2005.

One Response to “Attack of the Clones”

  1. Loser, there are more important things then Starwars.

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