Showing 1 - 1 of 1 Reviews for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D
Posted on 2/25/11 08:32 AM
Without question, this is my least favorite of the six Star Wars films. Truth be told, it has little to do with the story itself, which is typically the major selling point with me in movies. The story in Attack of the Clones was stronger, overall, than Episode I (though it likewise made several mistakes). No, the main thing that makes this Star Wars film the weakest amongst its brethren is dialogue. Laughable, god-awful dialogue.
The most obvious offenses in the vocal department are from Natalie Portman and Hayden Christianson (not sure if I spelled that right, but is he important enough to care?). Lines like "You're in my very soul tormenting me." would make Romeo and Juliet vomit. Some lines belong in conversation, some in poetry. Most of Anakin's and Padme's dialogue belongs in neither.
Other vocal errors belong only to Darth Hayden. George Lucas proves for the second film in a row that his approach with young Vader was all wrong. Rather than making a character who's wisdom matches his immense skill, we get a petulant child. There's a scene where Anakin we see Anakin enraged at his mother's death, and he begins killing the Sandpeople who are responsible. We later find that he slaughtered the entire camp. This is actually a good idea, but the childish rant Anakin gives to Padme afterwards is whiny and silly and culminates into what accidentally turns out to be a punchline to the bad joke: he throws an object that gives a quiet, dull clank. Aren't scenes of rage better off ending in some form a violence or destruction? In Episode III Anakin's rage results in him smashes things via the Force and causing the Death Star itself to tremor. But his mother dying apparently only warrants the hollow clatter of a can. At least it was funny though.
The final thing I'll bemoan about the dialogue is the use of puns. Lots and lots of puns. C-3PO uses several during a battle scene, none of which are funny and all of which are annoying. All that's missing are the rim shots.
As I said earlier, the story in Episode II isn't bad at all, though there is one serious misfire. About half way through the film we are introduced to Count Dooku (played excellently by Christopher Lee), the leader of the Seperatist Movement. There is a scene with him and Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) where Dooku informs him that the Senate is being controlled by a Sith Lord, and that he must be stopped. So it would seem, at that point, that Dooku's reasons for leading a Seperatist Movement are just and right, but then we find out he's in league with the Sith Lord (making one wonder why he told Obi-Wan this at all). It was an intriguing idea to have a former Jedi in the gray, but the idea is dropped.
Ultimately, the faults with Episode II boil down to execution. Lucas' idea of the young Darth Vader is still far too silly to enjoy, and his actors are given dialogue that makes the mute button all to tempting. The special effects are excellent as always and there's plenty of fun to be had, but so many of the characters (both new and old) are too painful to watch. When you're rolling your eyes during a climactic battle sequence of Star Wars, you know something isn't right.