Overview of “Attack of the Clones”

Okay, so I didn’t get to my wrap-up that I wanted to this weekend.  What can I say?  Owning a home seemed like a simple venture upfront, but has since turned into an all – time consuming nightmare.  I know that things will eventually calm down and problems will be solved, but becoming a home owner can be so overwhelming that it seems that things in your home will never calm down, but they will.  Anyway, this past week we’ve seen more comments than ever before.  First off, I would like to say “thank you” for those of you making comments on my blog.  That is what gets dialogue going and helps make this blog interesting and exciting.  With that in mind, I would like to encourage others of you to make any comments you would like.  Simply click on the comments button and write what is coming to your mind.  I will say that I am both the biggest fan and biggest critic of Star Wars.  I know I don’t know anything, and I really haven’t taken the opportunity in my life to study Star Wars like the guys who run “Chrono Radio” and “Star Wars Timeline Gold Edition”.  However, I do consider myself to be the average educated American and the knowledge I give is from that viewpoint.  I don’t have the time to read each and every article on Star Wars on the Internet.  I am a member of  “The Rebel Alliance” fan group and am also a contributing member of http://www.theforce.net.  However, I KNOW I don’t know everything there is to know about Star Wars.  But, I do like a good critique now and again and have enjoyed ALL of the comments provided so far.  Now, on to my overall perspective on “Attack of the Clones”.


Okay, so I didn’t get to my wrap-up that I wanted to this weekend.  What can I say?  Owning a home seemed like a simple venture upfront, but has since turned into an all – time consuming nightmare.  I know that things will eventually calm down and problems will be solved, but becoming a home owner can be so overwhelming that it seems that things in your home will never calm down, but they will.  Anyway, this past week we’ve seen more comments than ever before.  First off, I would like to say “thank you” for those of you making comments on my blog.  That is what gets dialogue going and helps make this blog interesting and exciting.  With that in mind, I would like to encourage others of you to make any comments you would like.  Simply click on the comments button and write what is coming to your mind.  I will say that I am both the biggest fan and biggest critic of Star Wars.  I know I don’t know anything, and I really haven’t taken the opportunity in my life to study Star Wars like the guys who run “Chrono Radio” and “Star Wars Timeline Gold Edition”.  However, I do consider myself to be the average educated American and the knowledge I give is from that viewpoint.  I don’t have the time to read each and every article on Star Wars on the Internet.  I am a member of  “The Rebel Alliance” fan group and am also a contributing member of http://www.theforce.net.  However, I KNOW I don’t know everything there is to know about Star Wars.  But, I do like a good critique now and again and have enjoyed ALL of the comments provided so far.  Now, on to my overall perspective on “Attack of the Clones”.

I will say that I believe that my Star Wars fanaticism came to it’s height with the release of the movie.  I was one of the first people to go out and buy the soundtrack and fell in love with John Williams’ music from point one.  Then, for the first time ever, I went to a midnight viewing of a Star Wars movie and I dressed as a Jedi Knight for the event.  I have to say that it was an awesome experience and made me excited for the next movie to come out.  I had high expectations for this movie.

I disagree with most mainstream Star Wars fans.  I believe that Attack of the Clones was an incredible masterpiece and really showcased all of George Lucas’ talents.  I think it was high in special effects and all of the things that George likes to focus on.  The amount of CGI created creatures grew (almost doubled) and the eye-catching cinemagraphics were just unbelievable.  Most people agree with me up to this point.  Then, people talk about the poor acting performance.  This is were I strongly disagree.  I think that there were several actors that helped to carry this movie and played some unbelievably tough roles.   Let’s start with the person who is usually critiqued the most, Hayden Christensen.  EVERYBODY thumped on Hayden Christiansen who supposedly did such a horrible job with Anakin.  My arguement is quite opposite.  I think that Hayden did a great job presenting Anakin as an older teenager-type male that was in competition with his older, parental figure.  I do think the “love scenes” were forced, but again, like the other films, I blame Lucas, not Christensen for the breakdown in acting.  There is no doubt by anyone involved that Natalie Portman did an amazing job playing Senator Amidala.  She played a great, “strong female” role that I would like for my daughters to emulate someday.  That is why I encourage even my daughters to watch this film with me when I watch it at home.  Lastly, there is no doubt that Ewan McGreggor did a phenominal role playing a fatherly Obi-Wan Kenobi.  He certainly did a better job in this movie than his role in Moulin Rouge, but then again, I hate that movie (which is a blog for a different day).  McGreggor really convinced me of the struggle that Obi-Wan goes through in wanting to do the right thing, but also wants to serve Anakin as the one who is “to bring balance to the Force”.

I will say there is once again an actor that is overlooked in this movie as well.  Ian McDiarmid does an incredible job playing both roles of Palpatine and the Emporer.  He did a great job of showing the almost bi-polar concept of the Emporer.  McDiarmid shows the cunning and caniving role the Emporer plays in creating “The Clone War”.  He does a great job being the almighty Chancellor and the all controlling Emporer.

The best scene in this whole movie is the battle scene towards the end of the movie.  First we see every Jedi fighting together in the arena, which seems absolutely amazing and stunning in itself, and then we are treated to the visual of a battle.  The first battle of “The Clone War” which occurs on Geonosis.  This whole movie is breath-taking and amazing.  I know that most Star Wars fans put this movie towards the bottom of their list, but it ranks among one of the top.  I think there are only two George Lucas films better.  You’ll have to stay tuned to find out which ones…….

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