A decade after the invasion and battle of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is being threatened by a Separatist movement led by the notorious Count Dooku. Now Senator Padme Amidala is on Coruscant to vote on a motion that would create an army meant to assist the Jedi Order in their peace keeping mission and to eliminate this threat.
After an assassination attempt that went wrong, Master Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect the Senator. When a second assassination attempt nearly kills her (narrowly avoided by her Jedi protectors) Padme is told to retire back to Naboo as a safety precaution. Anakin is assigned as her safety detail while Master Kenobi tries to find the source of the assassin and why the Senator is being attacked.
When the information presented leads Obi-wan to a seemingly missing planet and a full scale army that seems to be waiting for his arrival (a great shock to him when told), it seems that some of the Jedi themselves might be behind the Republic’s new army.
So who is pulling the strings in the shadows? And what will happen as the arrogant and emotional Anakin Skywalker as he works his assignment to protect Senator Amidala? And what will the Republic make of the Separatist threat?
-Genre: Space Opera
-Creator: George Lucas
-Length: 142 minutes
-Rating: PG (mild violence, mild intense scenes)
-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):
I do enjoy this film quite a bit more than the first film. Between the better performances and the better writing, the characters seem truer to who they were trying to be set up as. Everything feels less forced overall and the world building and expansion see more natural.
Padme and Obi-wan are by far still my favorite characters. Anakin steps up his sass game in this film which adds a level to his character that his much younger self didn’t have. There is more action in this film and the world building is extensively done through the background and the plot points vs the exposition. For me personally that type of world building is much more satisfying that simply being told (and often in a condescending way) what the world is like.
The romance in the film was a nice touch for people like me who don’t often watch films like this due to the fact that we don’t follow the other cannon pieces of the world. There just seems to be so much media to consume that it can be overwhelming… the little tidbits in this film that make that less so are quite welcome.
Of the three prequals this is probably my favorite. Though still not the part of this series I genuinely love. Those didn’t come till much later.