“Why weren’t the prequels like that?”

Almost three hours ago, at a theater half an hour away…

Star Wars: Clone wars came out in the State of California, and like the geek/sucker I am, I went and saw the midnight show. Another trait that probably shows my geek/sucker side is that as soon as I got home, I logged onto this blog and started to write this review.

The title is actually a quote from someone sitting next to me after the movie was finished. Not everyone was as enthusiastic, and I even heard a few “That was a total piece of crap.” All in all, everyone was so vociferous about their opinion that it was hard to remember how I felt about the movie.

The thing was, I liked it. Really, really liked it. It wasn’t a perfect film of course, but it was a rather nice way to spend two hours, and it didn’t disgrace the Star Wars name.

The plot itself is rather simplistic: Someone kidnapped Jabba’s son, and Jabba asks the Jedi to find him. If the Jedi succeed, they will have clear passage through the outer rim and gain a definite advantage over the separatists. Of course, not much later it is shown that the separatists planned the kidnapping, and are trying to blame the Jedi for it. That would give the separatists the same advantages that the Jedi are trying to get. Alright, maybe simplistic wasn’t the right word. However, despite the slightly convoluted motives, it ends up rather simplistic: rescue the baby hutt, and don’t die while doing it.

However, the plot is really not all that important. It really just gets the characters from one point to another, and has enough holes to drive the Millenium Falcon through. In essence, a typical Star Wars plot. The main focus of the movie is the absolutely stunning action sequences (more on that later) and on developing the relationship between Anakin and newcomer Ahsoka Tano.

Did anyone see the Clone Wars trailer and wonder who the girl who looked kind of like a really young Shaak Ti was? That’s Ahsoka, Anakin’s new apprentice whose only real distinction between her and her master is that she’s a different gender and species. While at first it seems weird to pair Anakin with a tiny red version of himself, the dynamic actually helps Anakin grow as a character, and makes me almost like him. (almost)

However, it leads to some really weird one-liners. This movie is absolutely full of great humorous moments (if I wasn’t in a theater, I probably would have been rolling) but occasionally it falls flat. Sometimes the jokes are downright awkward, and I found myself staring blankly at the screen going, “What did Obi-Wan just say?”.

Which is a semi-awkward twig and berries to the voice acting. Actually, if it was any other animated film, the voice acting probably would be fine. The main problem was that it didn’t match up with the stylistic animation. All of the characters looked kind of stoic (even Mace Windu seemed more serious than usual). So, the emotionally charged voices seemed at odds with the stone-faced characters. This was especially apparent with Count Dooku’s character, as it was kind of weird to hear Christopher Lee’s amazing voice come out of his unemotional animated double.

Despite the voice thing, though, the style of animation was absolutely breathtaking. When you can make dying troopers look gorgeous yet awful at the same time, you know you’re doing something right. The settings were pretty, and the characters had a very unique look.

The thing about Clone Wars is that it had a lot of problems. However, I only really noticed these about ten minutes after I saw the thing. The whole two hours I was caught up in the exciting, interesting, laugh-inducing, purely Star Wars experience. It beat episode I by a landslide, and I would put it up there with my other favorite animated films. So, don’t expect perfection, but it’s definitely worth watching.



1 Comment

  1. I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

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