Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Star Wars movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her reviews of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
I found Attack of the Clones to be a much improved installment after the mess of The Phantom Menace, but it remains entrenched as predominantly adolescent fair. Shoe-horning in characters from the original trilogy doesn’t really do much to repair things, either, particularly since too often the logic quickly breaks down. Something about R2 and 3PO’s origin stories continues to bother me (including why R2 has a jetpack in the prequels). It all just feels a bit too try-hard. Even though in my original trilogy articles I said I wanted to know more about Vader and the Stormtroopers and Boba Fett, and went on and on about how I loved R2 … well, fans shouldn’t always be given what we want!
Attack of the Clones did succeed in making Anakin a lot more interesting than he was in Phantom Menace, though I fear Hayden Christiensen‘s took too many notes from the first 30 minutes of Mark Hamill‘s performance in A New Hope. Anakin isn’t just cock-sure and arrogant — which is fine — he’s also extremely whiney (and can’t figure out how to speak like a human). Make a decision to go against Obi-Wan by using his skills with the Force to wrangle bad guys is one thing, but to throw tantrums in front of Padmé is entirely another. Hit the jump for my relationship advice to Padmé, and my annoyance with how the Republic suddenly turned into America.