James' Review of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
10 years after the events of Phantom Menace, the universe sinks deeper and deeper into disarray. Could the Clone warriors be the only answer?
This is my favourite movie of the 'new' trilogy, as here we have the entry that really hits it's stride, and just like Empire Strikes Back, proves that second installments are always the best. The plot is much darker and adult than it's predecessor, and the sequences where you see the early formation of the Empire are very well handled. The acting is again a mixed bag but the returning actors seem to fit into their characters a lot better. The special effects are still as expertly handled, and the arena sequence is a joy to behold. But again this entry does have it's flaws, such as the long drawn out love story between Anakin and Padme and the fleeting appearance by Jar-Jar Binks! On the positive side, there is a lot more action in this installment, as the story-line bounces you from one planet to another, and the references to characters and storylines in the 'original' trilogy are incredibly well thought out. All in all, this is a great movie, and really has the feel of what a Star Wars movie should be about, but it is still does not have the gusto that made the episodes IV, V & VI the classics they are.