Star Wars: The Clone Wars

C

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.

3 Responses to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”

  1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars review « DilettanteVille Says:

    […] reviews “unposted” — how can that happen? Too much knitting? Anyway, here’s my review of the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Interesting, but rather too late. Posted in Entertainment, Film, Movies, […]

  2. Joe Movies Says:

    Hey! Interesting thoughts you have here. This movie didn’t really perform that well, which disappointed me because I was going to see it… then when I heard the reviews, I didn’t. I just judged it from the poster, which I thought was cool, but I was wrong.

    Looking forward to hearing more from you!

    Intermission at Work – Joe

  3. Fortress Guy Says:

    Nice take on the film. You are right about starting to like the clones. They do this to a greater degree in the series.

    I enjoy the animation, but the look does take an adjustment. I understand where you are on that.

    The movie was passable. It should have been three episodes instead. The series is better.

    Here is my take on the whole first season (with pics) if you are interested:

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/star-wars-the-clone-wars-2008-season-1-22-episodes/


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