Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones DVD Review

Written By George Lucas and Jonathan Hales
Directed By George Lucas

Genre
Science Fiction, Adventure

Cast

Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman as Padme
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
Christopher Lee as Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO / Danni Faytonni
Frank Oz as Yoda
Ian McDiarmid as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett
Daniel Logan as Boba Fett
Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa
Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks / Achk Med-Beq
Kenny Baker as R2-D2
Zachariah Jensen as Kit Fisto

Certificate PG

Synopsis

Duty and Forbidden Love Clash In The Second Chapter of the Star Wars Saga.

Anakin Skywalker has grown in to an accomplished Jedi apprentice under the teachings of Obi-Wan.  Now he has to choose between his duty as a Jedi  and the forbidden love he feel.  See the climactic Clone Wars battle and see Yoda in a lightsaber duel in a battle to save the universe from darkness.

Special Features
  • Commentary by George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Buritt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
  • Eight Deleted Scenes With Introductions From George Lucas, Rick McCallum and Ben Buritt
  • Full Length Documentary 'From Puppets To Pixels'
  • Exclusive Documentary 'State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode 2'
  • Follow Ben Buritt and His Team of Sound Engineers In the Documentary 'Films Are Not Released, They Escape'
  • Three Featurettes Explore 'Attack of the Clones' general storyline, action scene and love story
  • 12 Part Web Documentary Series
  • 'Across The Stars' Music Video featuring John Williams
  • Theatrical Teasers And Launch Trailer and Twelve TV Spots
  • Theatrical Posters And Print Campaign From Around The World
  • 'R2-D2: Beneath The Dome' Mockumentary Trailer
  • Never Before Seen Production Photo Gallery
  • Episode 2 Visual Effects Breakdown Montage
  • DVD-ROM Web Link To Exclusive Star Wars Content 
 
Review
After the abomination of 'Episode One' George Lucas followed that up with 'Attack of the Clones' but was it an improvement on the first movie?
The answer to that is, well, sort of. While a lot more exciting than 'Episode One' and with more of a classic saga feel to it, it still suffers from the near enough the same problems. 
For the most part, the cast just seem intent on going through the motions.  Not even McGregor seems all that bothered about giving a good performance and that is a big let down for me.  Portman improves on her awful performance in the first movie, although not by much.  At least she puts a bit more emotion in this one.
Also I'm not looking for Oscar winning performances here but some of the acting here was even worse than the first movie. The main one at fault here was Hayden Christensen as Anakin. He seemed to use the same facial expression for every emotion.  A bit like Kurt Angle does in 'River of Darkness' but at least Angle had the excuse that he is a wrestler and not an actor to fall back on.  What the hell was Christensen's excuse?

Also there was one part of the movie that I was really looking forward to that turned out to be the biggest disappointment.  When I found out that Yoda was going to be kicking some ass in this movie, I was excited.  I mean how can you not be excited by that?  He's a legendary Jedi right?  Well, I've seen better looking fight scenes in 'Bulletproof Monk' and those were awful so that should tell you something.
There are still the flashes of brilliance here and there that Lucas managed with the original trilogy but once again those are few and far between.
The special features are incredible on this release and so massively detailed that you can't help but be drawn in to their world and get a sense of wonder.  Once again it's such a shame that brilliant special features like these are wasted on a movie like this.

While not a good movie, at least it was better than 'Episode One' although then again, so is herpes. 
Movie 2/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 4/5
Special Features 5/5
Overall 15/20

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