Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Rated PG; Directed by Dave Filoni; Voice Talents of Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee
How strange to have a new Star Wars film in the theatres. Even stranger is that it’s animated. And even more strange? Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an almost better put together film than the more recent live-action Star Wars films. Of course, that’s not saying much.
The movie takes place between the second and third movies. Anakin Skywalker (voice of Matt Lanter) hasn’t yet turned to the dark side, he’s still paired with Obi Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), and he’s still the hotshot Jedi. He and Obi Wan are stuck battling the droid army of the Separatists on a Republic planet when a new Padawan appears. Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) is assigned to a dismayed Anakin. She also carries a message from Yoda (Tom Kane): save Jabba the Hutt’s kidnapped son.
It’s an interesting film. It may have worked better if it had been released prior to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The animation isn’t attractive, the plot is simple, and it all seems too late. I would have loved seeing this effort prior to Revenge of the Sith – it adds greater depth to the series. Shoot, you begin to love the Clones, the future Stormtroopers, even knowing that they’ll turn on the Jedi one day. I even found some affection for Jabba the Hutt – poor, upset, murderous father that he is in this film.
This movie is for die hard fans. There is enough there for lesser fans, but all together, it’s not a great movie. Looking on the bright side, it doesn’t stink. After all, another fan told me, Hayden Christensen isn’t in it.