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2002: "Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones" - CinemaDave

May. 21st, 2005 11:23 pm 2002: "Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones"

To appreciate a "Star Wars" movie, one merely has to return to the thrilling days of yesterday when "Flash Gordon conquers the Universe" and Bela Lugosi controlled "The Phantom Creeps." The average Star Wars ticket buyer does not camp out for six months on a park bench or wears costumes to the grand opening.

The criticism of "Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones" is the same criticism leveled to the original "Star Wars" from twenty five years ago. The acting is wooden and the dialog is atrocious. However the special effects are creative and bravado action sequences save the day.

The narrative of "Episode II" concerns itself with the inner corruption of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), the future Darth Vader and the father of the heroes from Star Wars Episodes IV, V & VI. The subplot concerns itself with the political rise of Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and his secret plan to develop a clone army for Galaxy security.

Three years ago when Producer Director George Lucas was asked about "Episode II," he claimed it was going to be a love story. There are plenty of scenes with Anakin and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) making goo goo eyes at each other in beautiful locations. Just like the thrilling days of yesteryear, these love scenes best serve as a cue to leave the theatre and buy some popcorn.

This new "Star Wars" lives up to the media hype when Count Dooko (Christopher Lee) enters the scene and provides more villainous challenges for our heroes. The final one third of this movie is worth the Saturday Matinee price and features incredible visuals involving spectator sports, giant monsters and the Jedi prowess of Master Yoda that has to be seen to be believed.

What makes these "Star Wars" movies so special is George Lucas' attention to detail. Casting Christopher Lee provides a seal of approval to cinema monster mavens. Lee had worked with Boris Karloff and Vincent Price and is considered the last King of Cinematic Horror. While Lee has crossed swords with both Burt Lancaster and Errol Flynn, his final duel at the end of this movie may be his most memorable. Not bad for an actor who turns eighty on Memorial Day weekend.

In three years "Star Wars" creator George Lucas plans to release his final "Star Wars" movie. Lucas has said that "Episode III" will be the darkest "Star Wars" yet, where we witness Anakin's conversion into Darth Vader. While Lucas can use a writer for the dialog sequences, "Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones" provides the firm foundation to the grand finale of the "Star Wars" saga.

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