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08.27.2014

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

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Almost a year ago, I defended STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE as a good movie and a worthy chapter in the STAR WARS saga. Now, I am back to so the same for the middle chapter in the Prequel Trilogy, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Your initial instinct may be to call me profane names or call for my termination from this website, but can you honestly say that STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES is a bad movie as compared to the other five films in the series to date?

STAR WARS was created as an ode to pulpy B-movies of a bygone era. George Lucas never intended for the films to be Best Picture contenders. This universe definitely has the capacity to yield an acclaimed motion picture, but these are meant to be movies, wondrous adventures for the eyes. STAR WARS was meant to be for kids. Now, if you go back and look at the entire six film series, even the darkest film, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, is still overall a rip-roaring adventure suitable for kids of all ages. ATTACK OF THE CLONES is at once a more accomplished film than THE PHANTOM MENACE and a more suitable addition to the original trilogy.

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The first thing we need to lay to rest is the question of the special effects. The Prequel Trilogy shares little to no visual resemblance to the Original Trilogy thanks to the abandonment of physical effects in favor of green screen filming and CGI work. There is a stark and noticeable difference between George Lucas' first three movies and these new ones. This has plagued many fans and prevented them from embracing the prequels as warmly as they should. Created in two vastly different eras of filmmaking, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES gave us some of the most breathtaking visuals available in 2002 but with the caveat that they are realizing a completely fictional universe. Hamstrung by the limits of 1970s/1980s technology, Lucas was forced to limit his vision which, at the time, was light years beyond what many could have imagined. Now, with no limit, Lucas allowed his true visualization to soar and the results broadened the STAR WARS universe exponentially.

But, if we look at STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES as just a movie and not in reference to the rest of the series, you would likely lambast the subpar acting of the entire cast. Specifically, you would critique the performance of Hayden Christensen. Now, having seen Christensen in other films since ATTACK OF THE CLONES, there is a noticeable difference in his approach and delivery. While he may not be Leonardo DiCaprio, Christensen is far from awful in his performances. Much like Jake Lloyd as THE PHANTOM MENACE, the role of Anakin here was deliberately created by George Lucas to appear the way he does on screen. There is an evolution of the character over the three films from innocent to smug teen to the fallen Jedi who becomes Darth Vader. Sure, some of the exchanges between Anakin and Padme are painful to watch, but just look at the scene where Anakin reaps vengeance on the Sandpeople for the death of his mother and tell me that is not a chillingly well performed scene.

I still can't take him seriously with that wispy little hair braid.

The rest of the cast are following Lucas' orders as well. Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, two of the best actors working today, deliver their characters with the depth of a matinee idol from a bygone era. While Portman shows less personality than she has in essentially every other movie she has made, McGregor channels the late Sir Alec Guinness and brings a level of respect to the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Christopher Lee is a great addition as Darth Tyrannus/Count Dooku even if he is under-utilized as the villain. There is less Jar-Jar Binks, which pleased the fans, and the inclusion of Boba Fett's father, Jango Fett, who now plays a much larger role in the STAR WARS saga.

George Lucas tried something different with STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, making it a film unlike others in the franchise. Obi-Wan and Anakin investigate the attacks on Padme at the start of the film in the style of hard-boiled detective novels and film noir. The seedy underbelly of Coruscant is glimpsed and Obi-Wan travels the galaxy trying to solve the mystery. We have never seen a genre shift like this in any previous STAR WARS film and it definitely livens up the proceedings. The second half of the film gives us the largest scale battle sequence in any of the movies. Between the clone troopers and the arena battle on Geonosis, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES offers a unique visual feast that had only been seen in comic books or video games and never on the big screen.

Natalie Portman introduced a new generation of geeks to their first boners.

When J.J. Abrams unveils EPISODE VII next year, what will fans think if it doesn't look exactly like a movie made in 1977? When STAR TREK rebooted the original series, it brought in a new generation of fans to a unique universe populated by all sorts of characters. The Prequel trilogy did that for a new generation of STAR WARS fans. STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES has every hallmark of a STAR WARS film along with advanced technology and a new array of characters to cherish on screen and in toy form. No one batted an eyelash when THE CLONE WARS became a hit on television, telling stories in this same prequel universe, advancing the tales George Lucas told on the big screen. The only difference is fans had an image of what they wanted to see and ATTACK OF THE CLONES didn't meet their imaginations. But, that doesn't mean it failed.

If the Prequels had been made back in 1977 and the original trilogy were released at the turn of the century, we likely would be having this exact same argument in reverse. The gulf of advancement in effects over thirty years is representative of why there is such a contrast between each trilogy. But, even if you look at the Special Editions, released prior to EPISODE I through III, they begin to feel closer in line with the Prequels and what Lucas originally envisioned. Therefore, as a STAR WARS fan, I embrace the cheese, the goofiness, the pulp nature of STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES and what it represents: another official entry in the STAR WARS cinematic saga, a story created by George Lucas to further the tale of the Skywalker family in a galaxy far, far away.

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7:40PM on 08/28/2014
Can I honestly say it's a bad movie?
Yes. Yes with a song in my fucking heart. All three of these movies are obviously terrible, but Attack of the Clones might be the worst. George Lucas' hamhanded attempts to write a love story are actively hilarious. This movie also introduced us to Hayden's terrible turn as a human being of any kind.
Poorly written, poorly acted, an anti-climactic. The Yoda fight was a cool gimmick once, but the fact that Yoda doesn't actually do anything in that scene
Can I honestly say it's a bad movie?
Yes. Yes with a song in my fucking heart. All three of these movies are obviously terrible, but Attack of the Clones might be the worst. George Lucas' hamhanded attempts to write a love story are actively hilarious. This movie also introduced us to Hayden's terrible turn as a human being of any kind.
Poorly written, poorly acted, an anti-climactic. The Yoda fight was a cool gimmick once, but the fact that Yoda doesn't actually do anything in that scene and gets pointlessly foiled makes you realize that there was really no point for him to be there other than hoping the audience would go "WHOOOAAA."
Just a CGI shitpile on top of a lame script.
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3:36PM on 08/28/2014
Best of the three prequels.
Best of the three prequels.
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4:52AM on 08/28/2014
One of the worst things about the prequels is that they skip over the Clone Wars in favour of starting out with an unnecessary movie featuring Darth Toddler. The second movie ends with the threat of the Clone Wars beginning and then the third movie starts with an opening crawl telling us that we just missed the Clone Wars. WTF, man? I'm surprised they actually showed us the Kenobi / Skywalker duel instead of just letting us read about it.

The trilogy should have opened with a better version
One of the worst things about the prequels is that they skip over the Clone Wars in favour of starting out with an unnecessary movie featuring Darth Toddler. The second movie ends with the threat of the Clone Wars beginning and then the third movie starts with an opening crawl telling us that we just missed the Clone Wars. WTF, man? I'm surprised they actually showed us the Kenobi / Skywalker duel instead of just letting us read about it.

The trilogy should have opened with a better version of 'Attack of the Clones', the second movie should have been filled with all sorts of Clone Wars action and adventure (and carnage) and possibly the creation of Darth Vader. Then the third movie might have actually had Darth Vader in it, killing a few Jedi. Imagine a newborn Vader stomping around, unleashing his rage and hatred for the first time, snapping necks, severing limbs and hurling bodies around in his search for his former mentor. An unstoppable machine-man at the head of an army of clone troopers, destroying everything in his path with the dark Force growing stronger with every foe vanquished.
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8:34AM on 08/28/2014
Can you mail this to Lucas in the mid 1990s? Would save us all a whole lot of problems.
Can you mail this to Lucas in the mid 1990s? Would save us all a whole lot of problems.
10:09PM on 08/27/2014

If Phantom Menace was a piece of shit...

... then Attack of the Clones was the gurgling diarrhea that came after a massive dump.
... then Attack of the Clones was the gurgling diarrhea that came after a massive dump.
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5:36PM on 08/27/2014
By far not a bad film. Fanboys just love to bitch and nit pick every little thing. It's obviously by any standards not the best of the series (that award will always go to Empire), but it's still not this horrid film people make it out to be. You can sit and nit pick the dozens of things you think are wrong with all of the episodes in the series or you can just sit back and enjoy them all for what they are.
By far not a bad film. Fanboys just love to bitch and nit pick every little thing. It's obviously by any standards not the best of the series (that award will always go to Empire), but it's still not this horrid film people make it out to be. You can sit and nit pick the dozens of things you think are wrong with all of the episodes in the series or you can just sit back and enjoy them all for what they are.
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7:42PM on 08/28/2014
It having a godawful script, bad acting, and a pointless story make it a bad movie - those aren't nitpicks. Those are deep structural flaws.
It having a godawful script, bad acting, and a pointless story make it a bad movie - those aren't nitpicks. Those are deep structural flaws.
4:29PM on 08/27/2014
I didn't hate Ep II. My only major problem was the awful CGI in the ending battle scene. That whole scene was just a mess.
I didn't hate Ep II. My only major problem was the awful CGI in the ending battle scene. That whole scene was just a mess.
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3:14PM on 08/27/2014

Actually, this is the worst of the prequels.

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3:03PM on 08/27/2014

Ep2 sucks...

If you dont know what to think about Episode II, watch the review on redlettermedia.com... it says it all.
If you dont know what to think about Episode II, watch the review on redlettermedia.com... it says it all.
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4:50PM on 08/27/2014
Thanks for that! It was hilarious and indeed a good review. However I haven't watched parts 2 and 3 yet.
Thanks for that! It was hilarious and indeed a good review. However I haven't watched parts 2 and 3 yet.
1:01PM on 08/27/2014
I totally agree with this article. Sure, it's the second weakest Star Wars film, but still a fun watch despite the flaws. The problem with the prequels is that unlike the original trilogy, they don't all work as stand alone movies. Episode 2 is a middle part of a bigger story, and when you watch all the prequels together I think it works better.
I totally agree with this article. Sure, it's the second weakest Star Wars film, but still a fun watch despite the flaws. The problem with the prequels is that unlike the original trilogy, they don't all work as stand alone movies. Episode 2 is a middle part of a bigger story, and when you watch all the prequels together I think it works better.
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12:30PM on 08/27/2014
Just shut up and go watch Fantastic Four!
Just shut up and go watch Fantastic Four!
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12:18PM on 08/27/2014

Ahhhh seriously dude...

Why...
I mean, a movie like AotC can be your guilty pleasure (we all have one) but don't defend it! Just watch it alone when no one's in the house and pray you don't get caught. Have you even watched that film recently? Everything about it is ugly. Obviously the acting is awful but so are the designs, the story, the characters, the sets, the special FX, the kiddie Boba Fett, the awkward pacing... Also it's one of the first films to be entirely shot digitally and the result is horrendous with
Why...
I mean, a movie like AotC can be your guilty pleasure (we all have one) but don't defend it! Just watch it alone when no one's in the house and pray you don't get caught. Have you even watched that film recently? Everything about it is ugly. Obviously the acting is awful but so are the designs, the story, the characters, the sets, the special FX, the kiddie Boba Fett, the awkward pacing... Also it's one of the first films to be entirely shot digitally and the result is horrendous with a picture so crisp everything looks artificial even the actors' face and the occasional outdoor set. Nope, absolutely NOTHING can redeem this movie! (not even the fact that the bad acting was intentional because intentional doesn't mean good idea or quality) One last thing... THE FUCKING WATERFALL SCENE!!!
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11:35AM on 08/27/2014

Didn't even read the article, Title says it all.

I recently went back and tried to watch the prequels again, well not even really watch but have them on while I did something else on my computer, and man they do not hold up over time. I am an original OG, I was there in 77 in line at my local theater and experienced the all the movies in the theaters. If you go back and watch the original trilogy it holds up very well. I loved Ewan and that was about it, I mean he channeled Guinness. But other than that and having it set in the Star Wars
I recently went back and tried to watch the prequels again, well not even really watch but have them on while I did something else on my computer, and man they do not hold up over time. I am an original OG, I was there in 77 in line at my local theater and experienced the all the movies in the theaters. If you go back and watch the original trilogy it holds up very well. I loved Ewan and that was about it, I mean he channeled Guinness. But other than that and having it set in the Star Wars universe almost all the rest of it was utter tripe. Just like Avatar, you need a good story and people that can act, the movie may look good but when you cringe through most performances you have failed.
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11:13AM on 08/27/2014
I agree that this isn't a very good film, perhaps the worst Star Wars film, but I still found it to have very redeeming qualities. I loved Obi-Wan's focus, the action set pieces really are outstanding (the chase scene through Coruscant, Anakin in the Droid warehouse, The Arena battle and the Attack of the Clones) and Jango Fett made for a great villain and Star Wars character. You could say Jango was the best thing about the whole prequel trilogy and this was the only film he was featured in. I
I agree that this isn't a very good film, perhaps the worst Star Wars film, but I still found it to have very redeeming qualities. I loved Obi-Wan's focus, the action set pieces really are outstanding (the chase scene through Coruscant, Anakin in the Droid warehouse, The Arena battle and the Attack of the Clones) and Jango Fett made for a great villain and Star Wars character. You could say Jango was the best thing about the whole prequel trilogy and this was the only film he was featured in. I also really enjoy the score and the Across the Stars theme for Padme and Anakin. However, I must agree that everything else that falls in between is near unwatchable. The terrible chemistry between Hayden and Natalie ruined the movie for me although I'm not sure how much of that is because of that horrible dialogue Lucas wrote ("I am haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me."). Rewatching the film recently, the fight between Dooku and Yoda is absolutely atrocious and lazy. It has no emotion or importance and I wanted to skip it and would have done so if it wasn't so short in length. I give the film a 5/10.
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11:11AM on 08/27/2014

You just lost your credibilty

If Star wars were always meant for kids, then how come adults at that time loved the original.This movie had lazy screenplay and lazy shots.This feels like you are desperate to create controversy.
If Star wars were always meant for kids, then how come adults at that time loved the original.This movie had lazy screenplay and lazy shots.This feels like you are desperate to create controversy.
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3:17PM on 08/27/2014
Not to mention that even if Star Wars was meant for kids, why are there tons of boring political scenes, dismemberment, decapitations, and oh yeah, child murder in the Prequels. Loss of all credibility.
Not to mention that even if Star Wars was meant for kids, why are there tons of boring political scenes, dismemberment, decapitations, and oh yeah, child murder in the Prequels. Loss of all credibility.
11:04AM on 08/27/2014
These movies were not great. Myself, I just tolerate them because they're accepted canon in the Star Wars universe. But these could have been so much better. I think the ultimate failure of the trilogy was the casting of Anakin Skywalker. I know they wanted to go with an unknown for the role, but they certainly could have found someone much better than Hayden Christensen. He was just so bad in the role and never really evolved the character over the course of the two movies he was in. He
These movies were not great. Myself, I just tolerate them because they're accepted canon in the Star Wars universe. But these could have been so much better. I think the ultimate failure of the trilogy was the casting of Anakin Skywalker. I know they wanted to go with an unknown for the role, but they certainly could have found someone much better than Hayden Christensen. He was just so bad in the role and never really evolved the character over the course of the two movies he was in. He was just always a whiny teenager, right down the final lightsaber dual with Obi Wan at the end of Ep. 3. It's a shame, because you can tell the movies had all the right elements to tell a great Star Wars story, but it was executed so poorly.
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10:26AM on 08/27/2014
I never could bring myself to like episodes 1, 2 and 3. Episode 2 being the worst of the bunch. I give credit to Lucas on the development of the idea and the universe. Episode 4 was a passion project and you could feel that. He gave it his all and that was a good run. A good move was also to give directing duties to Kasdan and Marquand for the follow-ups. They were on a low budget back then on episode 4 with a lot of the FX crew fresh out of university so they had to be passionate and
I never could bring myself to like episodes 1, 2 and 3. Episode 2 being the worst of the bunch. I give credit to Lucas on the development of the idea and the universe. Episode 4 was a passion project and you could feel that. He gave it his all and that was a good run. A good move was also to give directing duties to Kasdan and Marquand for the follow-ups. They were on a low budget back then on episode 4 with a lot of the FX crew fresh out of university so they had to be passionate and inventive. I think the actors were also on the same wavelength. Episode 2 represents the complete opposite of that mindset. They had an unbelievable budget and the opportunity to do whatever they liked. I think with opulence also comes disinterest and laziness and Episode 2 is the perfect example of that. That movie was all over the place and there just wasn't any focus or reason to invest yourself in the stakes because the characters were either underdeveloped or simply unlikable. It didn't help that the actors look bored as hell (probably a green screen overdose). Anakin's story was supposed to be a tragedy and although it kind of is on paper, I think for it to work you have to also like or at least sympathize with the character. That did not happen. Lucas created the Star Wars universe but I don't think he really gets what a lot of the fans like about the movies or the universe. Seems to me that everyone else working on any other Star Wars project gets it except him (holy shit has anyone seen the Old Republic promotional trailers from a couple of years ago or the cancelled Star Wars 1313 stuff?). But yeah, Episode 2 is the worst of all the Star Wars movies for me...
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10:12AM on 08/27/2014

"if you are suffering as much as I am, PLEASE, tell me. "

Yes Anakin we are suffering as much as you, perhaps even more.
Yes Anakin we are suffering as much as you, perhaps even more.
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10:01AM on 08/27/2014
There were a lot of good things about the film, but ultimately it is reviled for poor dialogue, wooden acting by its principle protagonist. Key to the success of the film was the developing romance between Hayden's Anakin and Portman's Padme. On this level the film failed miserably. Nothing felt genuine or real, the motivations and story never supported the development. Now plot wise, it was marginally better than The Phantom Menace. Visually it was really triumphant. The chase scene was
There were a lot of good things about the film, but ultimately it is reviled for poor dialogue, wooden acting by its principle protagonist. Key to the success of the film was the developing romance between Hayden's Anakin and Portman's Padme. On this level the film failed miserably. Nothing felt genuine or real, the motivations and story never supported the development. Now plot wise, it was marginally better than The Phantom Menace. Visually it was really triumphant. The chase scene was pretty good, but Obi-Wan's trek to the water planet where he meets Jango Fett was visually arresting, different and interesting. The battle scenes, and the role of Yoda was framed remarkably well, the cinematography was excellent. The sound was well mixed. The technical parts, heck even the CGI was professionally done. But what was most important, the STORY was ham fisted.
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9:58AM on 08/27/2014
Only standout scenes, for me anyway, were the scenes where Obi Wan was tailing Jango in the asteroid field, and them fighting in the rain by the Slave I. Everything else was just silly or rubbish. The Yoda fight with Dooku was just ridiculous, especially seeing it now. Episode VII can only go up from here.
Only standout scenes, for me anyway, were the scenes where Obi Wan was tailing Jango in the asteroid field, and them fighting in the rain by the Slave I. Everything else was just silly or rubbish. The Yoda fight with Dooku was just ridiculous, especially seeing it now. Episode VII can only go up from here.
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9:48AM on 08/27/2014
Even though the prequels were supposed to lay the foundation for episodes 4, 5 & 6...I still consider them a side note at best. It's like watching a poorly written, poorly acted video game with a few humans sprinkled in for good measure. I know about Lucas' love for the old B serials, he just didn't get it right in the prequels...and no one can convince Hayden Christensen is a good actor. You can portray an angst - ridden teen and not suck.
Even though the prequels were supposed to lay the foundation for episodes 4, 5 & 6...I still consider them a side note at best. It's like watching a poorly written, poorly acted video game with a few humans sprinkled in for good measure. I know about Lucas' love for the old B serials, he just didn't get it right in the prequels...and no one can convince Hayden Christensen is a good actor. You can portray an angst - ridden teen and not suck.
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9:24AM on 08/27/2014

AofC is the best of the three films

Never liked Episode One and Episode Three was just Michael Bay style overload.

AotC was a decent movie. It had some great scenes and was the only film to humanize Anakin and Padme. You don't give a crap about them in either of the other movies.
Never liked Episode One and Episode Three was just Michael Bay style overload.

AotC was a decent movie. It had some great scenes and was the only film to humanize Anakin and Padme. You don't give a crap about them in either of the other movies.
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9:22AM on 08/27/2014
Episode 2 was the first Star Wars film I saw in theatres so I do have a soft spot for it but gosh darn does it have its silly moments. I did spend a lot of time reading up on the design and filmmaking aspects and watching behind the scenes documentaries, so I do appreciate a lot of the effort that went into creating the worlds seen in the film. It certainly has its cool moments, like the airspeeder chase with Zam Wessell and the arena fight, but that only barely mitigates a lot of the
Episode 2 was the first Star Wars film I saw in theatres so I do have a soft spot for it but gosh darn does it have its silly moments. I did spend a lot of time reading up on the design and filmmaking aspects and watching behind the scenes documentaries, so I do appreciate a lot of the effort that went into creating the worlds seen in the film. It certainly has its cool moments, like the airspeeder chase with Zam Wessell and the arena fight, but that only barely mitigates a lot of the cringe-worthy dialogue and acting. Christopher Lee as Count Dooku was a plus.
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9:15AM on 08/27/2014

Please provide a reference...

...for these statements: "STAR WARS was created as an ode to pulpy B-movies of a bygone era. George Lucas never intended for the films to be Best Picture contenders."
If these are facts, please substantiate them. I've never heard this before, so am curious where this comes from. Thanks!
...for these statements: "STAR WARS was created as an ode to pulpy B-movies of a bygone era. George Lucas never intended for the films to be Best Picture contenders."
If these are facts, please substantiate them. I've never heard this before, so am curious where this comes from. Thanks!
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9:22AM on 08/27/2014
He's said that there were two main genres of pulp serials he enjoyed watching as a kid - Western/adventure and stuff like Flash Gordon. The former inspired Indiana Jones and the latter Star Wars.
He's said that there were two main genres of pulp serials he enjoyed watching as a kid - Western/adventure and stuff like Flash Gordon. The former inspired Indiana Jones and the latter Star Wars.
11:53AM on 08/27/2014
Lucas has said that multiple times in interviews.
Lucas has said that multiple times in interviews.
8:41AM on 08/27/2014
I don't rate the prequels that highly - they've not aged well either - but I always thought Attack of the Clones was the better of the three films, with Phantom Menace being the worst.
AOTC has the same flaws as the other prequels, but the basic plot and beautiful design work (both visual and sound) are excellent. Standout scenes like Jango Fett chasing Obi-Wan though the asteroid field, can you deny how awesome that was the first time you saw it?
I'll always feel a bit devil's advocate
I don't rate the prequels that highly - they've not aged well either - but I always thought Attack of the Clones was the better of the three films, with Phantom Menace being the worst.
AOTC has the same flaws as the other prequels, but the basic plot and beautiful design work (both visual and sound) are excellent. Standout scenes like Jango Fett chasing Obi-Wan though the asteroid field, can you deny how awesome that was the first time you saw it?
I'll always feel a bit devil's advocate defending any of the prequel movies, but Attack of the Clones is the best of the bunch for me.
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8:32AM on 08/27/2014

"but can you honestly say that STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES is a bad movie as compared to the other five films in the series to date?"

Most definitely.

This movie is completely lifeless. Seems to me that Lucas thought all he needed to do is make excuses to have a bunch of CGI effects thrown throughout. And even though I love Christopher Lee, Count Dooku is lame as shit.
Most definitely.

This movie is completely lifeless. Seems to me that Lucas thought all he needed to do is make excuses to have a bunch of CGI effects thrown throughout. And even though I love Christopher Lee, Count Dooku is lame as shit.
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8:22AM on 08/27/2014
The prequels were all around horrible. Bland characters (even to B movie standards), awful writing (especially the dialogues) and just nothing the least bit inspired or memorable. And the whole green screen/CGI took away from the whole gritty, used and familiar surroundings of the Star Wars and made everything look fake.
The prequels were all around horrible. Bland characters (even to B movie standards), awful writing (especially the dialogues) and just nothing the least bit inspired or memorable. And the whole green screen/CGI took away from the whole gritty, used and familiar surroundings of the Star Wars and made everything look fake.
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8:14AM on 08/27/2014

This film is tripe

I don't hate The Phantom Menace, yes it is flawed, but it had it's moments.
This is a godawful mess. C3PO out annoys anything Jar Jar did in the foundry scene. Anakin getting very date rapey with Padme and her going for it... Not batting an eyelid that he admits to wiping out little sandpeople babies. People smoking death sticks... Oh please.
The only slight redeeming feature is the battle in the asteroid field. When I saw it in the cinema and those sonic charges went off I thought Ben Burtt
I don't hate The Phantom Menace, yes it is flawed, but it had it's moments.
This is a godawful mess. C3PO out annoys anything Jar Jar did in the foundry scene. Anakin getting very date rapey with Padme and her going for it... Not batting an eyelid that he admits to wiping out little sandpeople babies. People smoking death sticks... Oh please.
The only slight redeeming feature is the battle in the asteroid field. When I saw it in the cinema and those sonic charges went off I thought Ben Burtt had discovered the brown noise!
This is the worst thing to happen to Star Wars since the Holiday Special. JJ will have to go some way to matching this monster **** up.
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10:10AM on 08/27/2014
Oh God the scene where Anakin kills the Sandpeople and tells Padme he killed them all, may be the worst acted scene is history. Or maybe it was the scene where Anakin tells Padme "if you are suffering as much as I am, PLEASE, tell me. " Trust me we were ALL suffering during those scenes.
Oh God the scene where Anakin kills the Sandpeople and tells Padme he killed them all, may be the worst acted scene is history. Or maybe it was the scene where Anakin tells Padme "if you are suffering as much as I am, PLEASE, tell me. " Trust me we were ALL suffering during those scenes.
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8:13AM on 08/27/2014
Bad writing, bad direction. George Lucas doing both. Let's see, the two best movies out of the six had real writers and directors instead of Lucas. (Yes I consider episode four a little uneven.) When episodes 7-9 come out as well as the standalone movies, episodes 1-3 will come off even worse.
Bad writing, bad direction. George Lucas doing both. Let's see, the two best movies out of the six had real writers and directors instead of Lucas. (Yes I consider episode four a little uneven.) When episodes 7-9 come out as well as the standalone movies, episodes 1-3 will come off even worse.
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8:11AM on 08/27/2014

Not good enough

I won't ignore the advance in technology that allows for a greater scope to every aspect of the prequels. What I take issue with is the stilted, dull manner in which the prequels are directed by Lucas. The lack of spontaneity and passion infects each movie, especially this one. Even the action sequences are poorly paced. But the lifelessness of the dialogue scenes is fatal. Attack of the Clones is one of the worst movies I have EVER seen.
I won't ignore the advance in technology that allows for a greater scope to every aspect of the prequels. What I take issue with is the stilted, dull manner in which the prequels are directed by Lucas. The lack of spontaneity and passion infects each movie, especially this one. Even the action sequences are poorly paced. But the lifelessness of the dialogue scenes is fatal. Attack of the Clones is one of the worst movies I have EVER seen.
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7:54AM on 08/27/2014
The prequels were a mess. Terribly written and with a horrible, leading performance from Hayden Christensen. The only decent part of the whole prequel trilogy was the rival fight in Episode 3.
The prequels were a mess. Terribly written and with a horrible, leading performance from Hayden Christensen. The only decent part of the whole prequel trilogy was the rival fight in Episode 3.
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7:54AM on 08/27/2014
I always have and always will defend the prequels. I love them, and Episode 3 is my favorite of the entire series. When you watch the entire series in chronological order, you see that the story really is about Anakin/ Darth Vader, and not Luke. Then again, I'm not stuck in the past, in nostalgia land, like some old Star Wars fans.
I always have and always will defend the prequels. I love them, and Episode 3 is my favorite of the entire series. When you watch the entire series in chronological order, you see that the story really is about Anakin/ Darth Vader, and not Luke. Then again, I'm not stuck in the past, in nostalgia land, like some old Star Wars fans.
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7:35AM on 08/27/2014
As much as I like original Star Wars movies (Episode 4-6), I just hate Episode 1-3. Can't put my finger on it but I just hate them.
As much as I like original Star Wars movies (Episode 4-6), I just hate Episode 1-3. Can't put my finger on it but I just hate them.
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7:30AM on 08/27/2014
Has always and will always be TERRIBLE. The prequels do not exist in this dojo.
Has always and will always be TERRIBLE. The prequels do not exist in this dojo.
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