Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is much better than I originally thought

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is much better than I originally thought

20 years ago, on May 16, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones premiered in theaters. And while the younger generation of Star Wars fans were excited to see where the adventures continued, a generation of older fans online complained about their childhoods being ruined. I was one of those people, and I was wrong.

I was lucky enough to see the return of the Jedi in theaters when it was first shown; However, it’s turning one year old, did you really see it? My childhood memories revolve around the original trilogy – although those movies were aimed at what we now know as Generation X, and I’m one of those early millennials. I had to play. I bought the movie on VHS – and later versions, like a sucker. I read books that expanded galactic traditions.

My love for Star Wars was exceptionally deep until May 19, 1999, when I left school and saw The Phantom Menace. Every complaint I’ve seen about the movie, I probably had at the time because I felt betrayed that “my childhood was ruined”, and that the pain only got worse/continued on May 16, 2002 when Attack of the Clones was launched.

Now, I have nothing to prove to you, the person reading this. Our opinions about our likes and dislikes in Star Wars are purely subjective based on personal experiences, tastes, etc. There is one person I need to address, and I am in 2002.

Listen, 20-year-old Matt, I know you think you’re really important because you’re about to get the floor supervisor promotion at your local toy store — instead of going to college right after high school — but you’re so wrong about attacking clones for a slew of reasons. First of all, let’s talk about prequels in general.

It is not made for you. You are not the target audience. This is the new Star Wars of a new generation, and it’s primarily marketed to kids – just like I loved the original Star Wars as a kid. When it comes to Attack of the Clones, you’re more than justified in saying that CG doesn’t look great – especially not after 20 years. You can discuss how hard and unnatural Anakin and Padme’s relationship is. You could even say that Neimoidian’s of the Trade Federation sounds like a racist stereotype. These are fair reviews of the movie. However, he is much better than you give him credit for as he forges his own course. It’s not what the original trilogy was, and that’s what gets interesting in it, for better or worse.

Ghost menace prepares the world. The Galactic Republic is governed by representative democratic debates and rulings. There is also a trade union, which is the source of all problems. You are introduced to Anakin Skywalker, a power-sensitive boy from Tatooine – a planet from which Lucas simply cannot escape. Obi-Wan will train him to become a Jedi.

Now, 10 years after the events of that movie, that’s when Attack of the Clones takes place — a title that I still find absolutely awful. In the movie, we have an adult Anakin working with Obi-Wan to counter the separatist movement within the Republic. They are a threat to order in the galaxy. Sifo-Dyas of the Jedi command commissioned a clone army – his vision of power saw a great struggle coming and he wanted the republic ready. After Dyas’ death – at the hands of Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus – Obi-Wan discovers this clone army, but Dooku wants control, so he sends Jango. In the end, the Republic took control of this army to confront Dooku and his Geonosian army.

This movie is a game of chess between the Sith and the Republic. Things are paranormal – mostly – in the galaxy as far as order is concerned, and that’s where things start to fall apart. With the original trilogy, there was an opponent from the start: the Empire. The previous contests have been more obscure, as they relate to the collapse of the “Utopian” Republic, so you don’t really know who the bad guys are – outside of the Sith II – until the end of Episode III.

Hey, I’m 20, Episode 2 isn’t about Boba Fett’s father and CG who can’t hold back.

Now, let’s talk about Jango Fett because this has been a huge and awful talking point for you. You like Boba Fett, but not because of his appearance in Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. She loves the character primarily because of Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Tales from Jabba’s Palace, and The Bounty Hunter Wars: The Mandalorian Armor. Everything that happens in those books is a few years away from being excluded from the law anyway.

Because of your love for this character, you’ve been hoping to get more of him here, but he’s a kid, and his moments in the movie are just the starting point for something else – part of an animated series to come out years later. Also, he’s hardly a secondary kid here, in a movie that’s already full. Yes, it’s annoying that Star Wars movies have a knack for introducing secondary villains and not getting too deep with them — or emphatically killing them in the same movie — but a lot of Star Wars’ allure is the byproduct. You loved Boba Fett because of the novels, and you’ll fall in love with The Mandalorians as a whole for two animated series and one live-action series. Star Wars is extensive and the movies we know – all but two currently – are about the Skywalker dynasty.

And speaking of Skywalker’s lineage, Hayden Christensen is fantastic in the role, and that’s beyond the shaky lines written for him. Your complaint that he’s grouchy, overly emotional, and unwieldy is exactly what makes him so cool. This is how the character is supposed to be. I’m sorry if you like your Jedi to be too stoic, but that’s not the story being told here. This is Obi-Wan’s biggest mistake. The Jedi is supposed to be emotionless, but that’s not Anakin. He’s about to slip into the dark side throughout the movie, and we get a few moments where we clearly know which way the character is headed.

Attack of the Clones isn’t the best Star Wars movie – not by a long time difference – but it’s certainly a lot better than what you originally remembered. It’s part of a trilogy that’s a huge departure from the original films, and that’s okay. It’s made for another generation of fans, and it explores the transformation from Jedi to Sith. No, it’s not the most memorable movie from the Star Wars Universe, and at times, a grueling viewing. However, it’s a lot better than the “Apocalypse The End of the Franchise” it claimed it was when it first came out. I was angry that it wasn’t the original trilogy, and I didn’t judge it fair.

You can revisit Attack of the Clones for yourself on Disney+.

2022-05-16 18:25:41

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