Note: This review contains no major plot spoilers
Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones features an intricately woven story that greatly enhances the overall Star Wars tapestry.
While it is called “Episode II,” the fact that this is actually the fifth movie produced in the series makes writer/director George Lucas’ accomplishment even more striking. There is no other long-running series of movies so consistent in quality.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) both have larger roles this time around compared to Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, which serves to further strengthen the film. Newcomer Hayden Christensen proves to be a suitable choice for Anakin Skywalker. Also contributing to the success of the movie are larger supporting roles for Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) and Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz).
Since 1977, the Star Wars films have always led the industry in special effects. Movies with strong special effects seem to be a dime-a-dozen in the 21st century, though. Attack of the Clones raises today’s special effects bar more than several notches, far outpacing all others – even The Phantom Menace.
Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring look like child’s play compared to this. Lucas takes total control of the screen, paying close attention to every possible detail. Attack of the Clones is visually stunning.
After his slightly disappointing effort for The Phantom Menace, composer John Williams proves to be in top form again with a wonderful music score that perfectly compliments the soundtracks of the classic trilogy.
George Lucas’ magnificent Star Wars puzzle is nearly complete. Episode III in 2005 will supply the remaining pieces. Attack of the Clones will be a tough act to follow.
Story: 8 (out of 10)
Visual Style: 10