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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002
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  • George Lucas
  • May 16, 2002
  • 142 mins
  • English
  • Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
A Jedi Shall Not Know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love.
Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement and the beginning of the Clone Wars.

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Christensen's acting makes this such a hard watch. Even McGregor wasn't great but I think his performance was at least believable. It was exciting to see the clones knowing what would become. For me, the prequels fulfil my need for more Yoda and more lightsabers so to be honest, that fills that quota. Still an entertaining watch but nothing ground-breaking happens like in the next episode. Except maybe we accept that Anakin's a little shit that doesn't do as he's told!

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It's better than "The Phantom Menace", but only by a hair. Hayden Christiansen can't act. I'm convinced that George Lucas can't write dialogue. The plot is deeper, the tone is more adult, the development of worlds and cosmology are more fully fleshed out, but this still doesn't feel like "Star Wars", especially since it begins as a Noir Detective film set in a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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