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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • George Lucas
  • 136 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second prequel to the original Star Wars, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Jedi knights are called upon to defend the Republic from the Separatist armies led by renegade Jedi Count Dooku. Anakin Skywalker is charged with protecting Senator Amidala, but his feelings for her prove more than professional. Meanwhile, full-scale war looms.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

On points, this beats the underwhelming Episode I: more action, less politics and better gags. Though the old truisms about saga creator George Lucas still apply - as a director he's uncomfortable with actors (apart from those created in post-production) and as a writer he excels at stage directions - fans of the original Star Wars will find much to enjoy here, particularly the cleverly planted story seeds for what we all know is to come. Ewan McGregor relaxes into the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, playing master rather than pupil now, and combines withering humour with credible superheroics. Samuel L Jackson finally gets to wield a lightsaber in the climactic gladiatorial showdown - an improvement on all the sitting and talking he did in The Phantom Menace. By cutting between three major plot strands - Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Amidala (Natalie Portman) fall in love; Obi-Wan confronts bounty hunter Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison); the Jedi prepare for war - Lucas never loses our attention, and the computer-generated imagery is impeccable, not least when Yoda duels with Jedi gone bad Christopher Lee. If only the outcome - still one long episode away - wasn't set in stone. But then, this isn't a film - it's part of a cinematic institution.

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Credits

Cast

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Obi-Wan KenobiEwan McGregor
Padmé AmidalaNatalie Portman
Anakin SkywalkerHayden Christensen
Count Dooku Christopher Lee
Mace WinduSamuel L Jackson
YodaFrank Oz
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid
Shmi SkywalkerPernilla August
Jango FettTemuera Morrison
Senator Bail OrganaJimmy Smits
Cliegg LarsJack Thompson
Zam WesellLeeanna Walsman
Jar Jar BinksAhmed Best
DorméRose Byrne
Sio BibbleOliver Ford Davies
Dexter JettsterRonald Falk
Captain TyphoJay Laga'aia
WattoAndrew Secombe
C-3PO Anthony Daniels
Boba FettDaniel Logan
R2-D2Kenny Baker (2)

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Lucas

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2002-05-17
Guidance
May be edited for violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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