Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones

Attack of the Clones

(2002)

Directed by George Lucas

Starring Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christpher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid

Rating: ******
              4/6

The little kid from The Phantom Menace
Is in an all-new adventure,
Only this time he’s all grown up,
And has a more personal venture.

The child named Anakin, once played by Jake Lloyd,
Is now played by an actor named Hayden.
He’s only slightly more mature,
And possibly not quite as hated.

Obi Wan, and his immature padawan Anakin.

He has been trained by Obi Wan,
But is distrusted by the Jedi Council.
He’s friends with a Senator named Palpatine,
Who gives the boy some wise counsel.

He tells him he’s meant for better things,
And if there’s something he wants, he should grab it.
He should continue to practice using the Force,
Since it should prove a useful habit.

Unbeknownst to Anakin,
The Senator is one with The Force,
Only he has turned to the Dark Side.
Well, this film needed a villain, of course.

Christopher Lee plays a Count,
Who is also on the side of evil.
He’s in league with the Senator,
Who plans a galactic upheaval.

In the midst of this story is the former Queen of Naboo,
Reunited with the Anakin lad.
He’s smitten with her beauty,
And wants her real bad.

Little Orphan Annie falls head over heels in love.

Yoda the…Yoda, a green little guy,
Is in charge of al of the Jedi.
Though centuries old, he’s agile and swift,
And so accurate that he’s quite the deadeye.

All of these characters are intertwined
In a story complex and filled with flavours.
I might go ahead and spoil it all,
But I would be doing you no favour.

As far as the Prequel movies go,
This one gets as much flack as the others,
Though I daresay that this one’s the best of them all,
But it’s not without its own bothers.

Criticism for Attack of the Clones
Is often in two categories:
Firstly, for the casting of the main lead,
And secondly, the dialogue that pushes the story.

The story itself is pretty darned good,
And gives the audience something to chew on.
This movie in the middle makes the most sense plotwise,
With far fewer holes to brew on.

For myself, I can live with the dialogue,
But not as much for the way that it’s spoken.
I’m sure Mr. Christensen tried his best,
But t’would have been nicer if his jaw had been broken.

Senator Palpatine, a Senator who acts like he cares.

All in all, it’s not a bad film,
And my favourite of the three,
But when it comes to Star Wars, there’s better than this.
I’ll give it a one plus three.

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