Counting down the 34 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
REVIEW TWO – ATTACK OF THE CLONES
In preparation for The Force Awakens, the family has been watching the original six films. How do they hold up?
Here’s what you have forgotten: Attack of the Clones is one crazy movie. Ostensibly, it’s a love story between two co-stars with a complete lack of onscreen chemistry. It’s also a mystery (Who’s trying to kill Padme? Why is someone trying to kill her? Why should we care?). It’s also story of Anakin taking steps towards becoming Darth Vader. It has a sequence (Anakin, Padme, R2-D2 and C-3PO making their way into an alien stronghold) which can only be described as straight out of a video game. It ends with a ridiculous battle in an alien arena.
And Joel Edgerton and Sophia Coppola are in it.
Weird, weird movie.
WHAT WAS GREAT?
- Ewan McGregor makes a very, very cool young Obi Wan Kenobi. Lost in how bad the prequels are is his pretty terrific performance. He really captures Alec Guiness and one hopes the rumors of his potential return to the role in a series of “Anthology” films might be true.
- When Yoda goes into action against Count Dooku is very, very cool… at first …
- Dooku cleaning the floor with the petulant Anakin Skywalker is excellent.
- There’s more Mace Windu.
WHAT WAS NOT GREAT?
- The love story is so strained and poorly written, it’s hard to buy.
- Jar Jar is in it, still.
- Some of the CGI is so silly, it just doesn’t hold up.
- Young Boba Fett is more of a whiner than young Anakin Skywalker was.
- Pretty much everything Haden Christensen does, unfortunately. He’s as bad as McGregor is good.
THE FORCE WANTS TO BE WITH THIS ONE
There are things to recommend Attack of the Clones. The Emperor is appropriately conniving and double-dealing. Ian McDiarmid has terrific fun with the role and relishes in the subtext. The introduction of Jango Fett has great promise (though it’s a pretty short introduction) and there are some very cool visuals in the film. Anakins’ tirade against the Sand People is believable and the most compelling reason any of the films give for the character turning to the Dark Side. Though it’s a very, very low bar, this movie is much better than its predecessor. It’s watchable on repeated viewings if only because it’s so nuts.