Star Wars- The Next Generation?
While not as enduring as the original Star Wars Trilogy, the 'prequels' still have their place in the Star Wars world. This is the second in the series and follows Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as the try to discover the secret of the mysterious Clone army being constructed.
I watched this film when it first came out, and didn't think much of it at the time, it certainly wasn't a patch on The Empire Strikes Back. I had all the original set of films on DVD, but didn't think the new three worthy of purchase at the time.
However, my son is now seven, and he is getting into Star Wars, much in the same way as I did when I was his age. I still have all the figures I had as a boy, and he was keen to see all the films after seeing the first three, so I looked on eBay to see how much they were being sold for. I discovered that the prices were now at a more realistic level, so I got the first two films - The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones so we could wathc them together.
I was surprised that in watching them again after a few years they both seemed much better. I think there was a great deal of hype at the time and the films did not live up to that, but now they can stand on their own and really they aren't that bad.
There are a few plot holes, but that is only to be expected when trying to tie so many threads of different stories all together, and if you don't study it too closely then it is probably as good as the originals if you were now to see them for the first time.
All in all this was a good purchase, and good to have the DVD as part of my collection. My son loves it too, and we have Lego Star Wars for the PS3, he is getting to know the characters, even the obscure ones, as I did back in the 80s.
I would recommend this DVD if you can get it at a good price, and you're bound to on eBay.
Begun the Clone War has .............. !!!!!
The disappointment of Star Wars Episode 1 'The Phantom Menace' is swept aside with a more focussed sequel ...... Jar Jar's screen time is cut, mini Jake Lloyd has been replaced by a more convincing Hayden Christenson and the familiarity of the Original Trilogy galaxy returns with bounty hunters, clones and conflict !!!!!!
The master/apprentice storyline, the secret love affair and the seeds of the Empire being sown give this film a dramatic pace ....... as Anakin steps closer to the Darkside you just can't wait to follow it up with another viewing of the final
prequel ..... Revenge of the Sith !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Star Wars Episode II: The Saga continues...
10 years have passed since Episode One, and my how Anakin Skywalker has grown. We seem him here as an arrogant, but insecure young man, full of dreams of becoming the most powerful jedi ever, fears for his mother, and anger over his treatment. A typical teenager, basically. Now a wiser Obi Wan Kenobi must try to keep his padawan in line. Not easy to do once he’s been reunited with the girl of his dreams, Padme Amidala, now Senator for Naboo.
Beginning with an attempted assassination of Amidala, our two heroes are soon separated, as Obi Wan is sent to hunt down those behind the attack, while Anakin is given the task to protect the senator, a mission which can only lead to romance. The film winds it’s way happily through all this towards the planet Geonosis and a spectacular battle finale between Jedi and the droid armies, the first conflict of the Clone Wars we’ve all heard so much about. Even Yoda gets his lightsabre out, and it’s well worth the wait.
Definitely an improvement over Episode I, although still not quite reaching the heights of the original trilogy. The dark side gets darker with Christopher Lee superbly playing ex-Jedi-turned-separatist Count Dooku, while the good guys do their best to stop them (Ewan MacGregor has settled into Obi-Wan’s role perfectly). It sets it all up perfectly for Episode III.
PS Jar-Jar Binks is rarely seen. Thank God!!
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Bounty Hunters - Clone Troopers - Jedi Enough Said
Lucas has pondered over his deliverance of episode 1 and has bought us a much better example of STAR WARS. Jar Jar's screen time has been slashed (their is a jedi master who listens to our prayers) Hayden Christenson plays a more convincing Anakin skywalker on his path to the dark side.
Information is given throughout the story line to explain Boba's hate of the Jedi, the formation of a clone army and the relationship between palpatine and anakin grows stronger.
Throw in Christopher lee with a brilliant performance as count dooku and an amazing piece of fotage as yoda battles his old padwan ! A great film that leads nicely into the best of the new star wars films revenge of the sith !!!!
attack of the clones
I dont think you can go wrong with a star wars movie. saying that i dont think this is the best one, but its not that bad either.
phantom menace, attack of the clones, and return of the sith i feel are all better than the original star wars made in the 1970's.
I still think this film rates far higher than some of the new sci-fi movies on the market. and an ideal contribution to your dvd library.