Film: Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Opened: May 16, 2002

Directed by: George Lucas

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Temuera Morrison, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Daniel Logan, Leeanna Walsman, Silas Carson, Ahmed Best, Jimmy Smits, Oliver Ford Davies, Rose Byrne, Pernilla August, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Andy Secombe, Ronald Falk & Alethea McGrath

Jumping ten years after The Phantom Menace’s events, Attack of the Clones introduces an older Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) to audiences and tries to act more as a war-romance film despite a severe lack of chemistry.

No longer queen, Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) still lives in danger and has Anakin placed as her protector while he’s in Jedi training. His mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) soon discovers the Clone Wars.

This film focuses highly on the development of Padmé and Anakin’s relationship, but does little to make audiences believe that it’s real or strong. Portman and Christensen are cringeworthy, and their dialogue is anything but flirtatious.

Director George Lucas once again tries to show off how CGI enhances the series but doesn’t do anything to connect the audience with the characters.

Final say: The worst in the series. ★★☆☆☆

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