The Clone Wars have been going on for the last three years. The Jedi Order is scattered far across the galaxy, fighting against the Separatists. Master Obi-wan Kenobi and Padawan Anakin Skywalker have been sent on a mission to destroy General Grievous and rescue Senator Palpatine from capture.
While their attempt at a rescue mission could be called a narrow success, the General escapes. Upon their return Padme and Anakin are reunited and she tells him she is pregnant. Anakin once again begins to have his premonition dreams, this time pointing to the death of his beloved wife.
As the war continues to rage about the Galaxy pulling both Master Kenobi and Master Yoda into parts unknown to search for Grievous and hopefully end the war. Anakin continues to get closer to Senator Palpatine and begins his final descent into the Dark Side fueled by his inability to have a logical head when it comes to his attachments….
-Genre: Space Opera
-Creator: George Lucas
-Length: 140 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (moderate science fiction violence and epic battle scenes, moderate intense and frightening scenes including someone catching on fire)
-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz
-Page of Reference in RP1: 22
Review (contains spoilers):
Oof…this one is really tough for me to review because there is just so much that is bad in the film and so much that I love (mainly the romance that continues between Anakin and Padme…and the fact that the are so blatantly obvious about the whole thing…).
This is probably the one film that I wish there was more exposition in…more explanation (could we not have taken some of the tedious and horribly forced moments in Episode 1 and just…nudged them carefully into here?) I know from my research there is a lot of what I always had questions about available online and through other television shows but come on. We couldn’t have gotten a little bit in the movie for those of us who didn’t have access to the shows or who didn’t want to watch more than the films.
Anakin is still insufferable in these movies. And while I love the romance between Anakin and Padme it is hard to get through because Padme was the mature one…but in this film she seems more childish. I can understand that love can make us do stupid things, yet this is a bit much. The giddy schoolgirl routine is kind of worn out at this point.
Obi-wan continues to be a wonderful character. He has only grown well into his role. The moments he as within the story line showing all of the dangerous of war and the deceit of fighting it are beautifully done. There is so much going on behind the scenes of war that they do go into in little bits and pieces. It probably one of the better things that they do in this movie.
But I do think it a bit unbelievable that Anakin is constantly able to sneak off to be with Padme. Does no one ask where he is staying at night? It’s just fascinating. And it leaves him so open to Palpatine’s influence in many other ways as well.
Overall, the push and pull in this film are ok. And the acting and writing feel better than the previous two as if the writers have finally settled in. but the issue with that is that you don’t have time to settle in doing a film franchise like this. You have to be good right off the start. And these films just seem to fall a little flat in that regards.