Episode II: Attack of the Clones|
Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released in 2002, coming out on DVD in 2003.
Storyline Starts off with Senator Padme Amidala getting attacked on the landing bay, but she had used a decoy and survived. Troubled by this, Chancellor Palpatine insists that she takes on two Jedi protectors, enter Obi-Wan and Anakin. Anakin has dreamt of this moment for years and very quickly makes Padme feel uncomfortable by his 'cow eyes'. Anakin uses Padme as bait and they both discover the assassin only for her to die by a strange dart before they could question her. Anakin and Padme go into hiding on Naboo whilst Obi-Wan tracks down the attacker to Kamino. Here he finds himself in a strange situation as a 'Clone Army' had been made for the Republic, he battles the bounty hunter Jango Fett who escapes to Geonosis. Meanwhile, Anakin keeps having nightmares over his mother and together with Padme he goes back to Tatoonine. Though in the 10 years, Anakin's mother had been freed and married, but she is missing. Anakin goes on the hunt and discovers her in the middle of a Tuskan Raider camp where she dies in his arms. In anger, Anakin lashes out at the Sandpeople and kills every last one of them. Meanwhile Obi-Wan has uncovered a plot on Geonosis but gets captured by the renegade Jedi, Count Dooku, Qui-Gon's master. Anakin and Padme mount a rescue for Obi-Wan but also get themselves captured. The trio are set to be executed by animal gladiatorial combat against blood raged creatures. As they battle the creatures, Mace Windu attacks Jango Fett to stop Dooku, but it is already too late. The many Jedi battle against the Super Battle droids, right at the crux (after Mace cuts off Jango's head) Yoda appears with the new Clone Troopers and rescues the Jedi. Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padme mount a chase on the fleeing Count Dooku, only for Padme to get knocked out of the ship. Anakin and Obi-Wan battle Count Dooku, only for them to get beaten, Anakin's arm cut off. Before Dooku can escape, Yoda comes and battles him in a spectacular display prompting cheers from the audience. But Dooku manages to escape, the Clone Wars have begun.
Review In hind sight, it isn't one of the best but it is very Star Wars-y. There are lots of Jedi battles, Yoda vs Dooku being one of the absolute best. The romantic scenes between Anakin and Padme are a little fake, but then again Anakin is still just a little boy who never grew up. "i truly, deeply love you." Um, okay then, freaking me about a little. Jango is a treat, I love the Obi-Wan vs Jango battle, he uses his backpack *SQUEE* though little Boba was a disappointment, it's hard to see the awesomeness that is Boba as a little kid, just a little strange that's all. I liked this movie, the sounds are awesome (take the sonic bombs for example) but Yoda makes the movie!
~Soundtrack by John Williams~
Is very Star Wars of course, complete with the Imperial March right at the end which is a nice touch. I particularly like The Chase through Coruscant that is a nice piece of music. Though The Meadow Picnic is very Harry Potter but On the Conveyor Belt is great! I do enjoy this soundtrack, it has elements from Episode 1 with elements from the older soundtracks interwoven which makes it good.
At the end of 2003 I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the "Behind the Magic" exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and there not only did I get to see many of the beautiful Episode II costumes but also the large speeder, Anakin steals to save Obi-Wan. And the cutest little Jedi costumes :).
These are some of my favourite images found at a variety of sources Click on the image to enlarge - opens new window