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Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Long ago in a galaxy far far away... well, it was actually 25 years and a theater six miles from my house the Star Wars saga began.  As I sat in the same seat I've sat in for every Star Wars film over the years, I could not help but look around me and see the grand appeal of the George Lucas venture.  Arriving at 11:20pm for the 12:01am show I was delighted to see some children around the age of ten with their parents, many college students, two or three people with multicolored hair and more piercing than I care to imagine, a small group of high school teens and, rounding out the audience, were people like me - 40ish and still amazed at this futuristic tale.

After Episode I: The Phantom Menace, I was like many skeptical to see if Lucas could recapture the magic of the original three releases.  I was not disappointed and I'm sure you will not be either.

This part of the tale takes place ten years after The Phantom Menace and we see our cast of characters in a much more acceptable format.  Little Anakin Skywalker is not so little anymore and Hayden Christensen's portrayal of him is, at times, chillingly real.  The now Senator Padmé (the former child queen) played by Natalie Portman shows she is no less a force of her own and a spectacularly beautiful young woman with an intelligence not to be challenged.  Ewan McGregor continues his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi and this time is given material to work with as our story begins with an attempt on the life of the now Senator Padmé by a group intent on disrupting if not destroying the Republic.

At the insistence of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Obi-Wan and Anakin are assigned to protect Padmé.  Here the plot thickens as the feelings repressed for the last ten years are exposed to Padmé and Anakin's pension for breaking the rules, feeling out of place and impatience begin to show.  Soon another attempt is made on the life of Padmé and Obi-Wan and Anakin split up so as to protect her and to find her would be assassins.

Obi-Wan finds that the job of killing Padmé has fallen to the bounty hunter Jango Fett and in the process discovers a thought dead Jedi Master, Count Dooku masterminding the entire affair.  Also discovered is an army of clones being built for the Republic on the authorization of a long dead Jedi.

Here we also see Anakin and Padmé fall in love, a forbidden love by Jedi standards.  This breaking of Jedi rules is not unusual for Anakin as he begins his slow dance toward the dark side.  With the help of his new love, Anakin returns to the home he left to become a Jedi only to find his mother captured by Tuscan raiders.  He is forced to bring her lifeless body back to the place she called home.  The love for Padmé is obvious through Anakin's eyes, but is dwarfed by the fires of hatred and resentment they also show.  The events leading to the return of his mother's body show that Anakin has a dark side and his transformation has begun.

The visuals are nothing short of amazing and so lush and full you might forget they are computer generated.  The fight scenes are really intense and well choreographed.  What will elicit squeals of joy is an action series that will show why Yoda is considered the most powerful Jedi master.

Don't forget that this is a dark tale, one of deception and betrayal and you will see Chancellor Palpatine as he also plays Darth Sidiuos, the second Sith mentioned in Episode I.  This dual role by Ian McDiarmid shows the process of the creation of the future Emperor.

Watch carefully and you will see the start of the Storm Trooper and the battle cruisers of the Imperial Fleet that will soon follow.  We also are treated again to C-3PO and R2D2 plus a cast of some other wonderful characters.

Being a Star Wars fan is not a must here as the special effects, action sequences and oddly enough a love story will draw you in and the Lucas magic will keep you there - to reveal more would ruin your experience.

Just a word of warning, make sure you have your popcorn, soda and have made the rest room visits before this film starts as you won't want to miss a minute.

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

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