13 Reasons Why Attack of the Clones is a Great Star Wars Movie

13 reasons why Attack of the Clones is a great Star Wars movie:

I have to admit that up until recently, Attack of the Clones was one of my least favorite Star Wars movies. I would alternate between Episode II and Return of the Jedi as my least favorite of the Saga. However, during a recent re-watch of the Saga, I realized just how good Attack of the Clones really is and how many important and critical moments there are in this Episode of the Saga. I wrote down a few moments from the Episode that really stood out to me and why.

(*I just re-discovered this article I had written in 2014, but for some reason never published.)

 

  • Anakin and Obi Wan’s relationship

We see Anakin and Obi-Wan as Master and Padawan for the first time since it was first discussed by old Ben Kenobi in Star Wars A New Hope. We see how Anakin is headstrong and how Obi-Wan is constantly having to rein him in. We see how they both frustrate each other and respect each other at the same time. We see how Anakin is more powerful than Obi-Wan and how they both know this and how Anakin struggles with this, but is still willing to accept Obi-Wan’s mentorship. This is one of the key relationships in the whole Saga, one that ends up having a strong effect on the whole galaxy. Up until Obi-Wan’s death in Episode IV, the Star Wars Saga is much of an Obi-Wan Saga as it is a Skywalker Saga. Their relationship, just as much as Anakin’s and Padme’s, is front and center in Episode II.

 

  • Anakin and Padme’s adventures

From their departure on Coruscant on the unregistered transport, Anakin and Padme get to spend some alone time together for the first time in ten years! They arrive on Naboo and spend a day or two there. They depart to Anakin’s childhood home, Tatooine, and track down Anakin’s missing mother, Shmi Skywalker. Padme is there with Anakin when he brings home his deceased mother and is also there for the little funeral at the Lars homestead. From Tatooine, they then travel to nearby Geonosis to help Obi-Wan who is in trouble.

Anakin and Padme learn to work together in the rescue of their mutual friend, Obi-Wan. They both have their strengths and have to figure out how to step back and let the other take charge when needed. In doing so they are able to survive the first battle of The Clone Wars.

 

  • Chancellor Palpatines manipulations

We see more of Darth Sidious’ machinations and how he is now playing both sides, the Separatists and the Republic, not only against each other, but ultimately against the Jedi. Chancellor Palpatine also is laying the groundwork to eventually have Anakin join him as a new apprentice, much like Count Dooku is in this Episode. Palpatine is playing the long game and the Jedi are unable to see it.

 

  • Clones!

Finally, the clones make an appearance in the Saga. We see how they were created, who they were created from and how Boba Fett fits into the story. We get to see the clones in their first battle and how well they work together and how their training is exceptional in battle.

 

  • Anakin is too late to save his mother

This is a key moment in the Saga and we see how even the best Jedi can give into hate. Who wouldn’t feel the same as he did? Having such anxiety and angst over the safety of his mother for years and then finally finding her, Anakin arrives only to have her die in his arms. That’s heavy stuff. Hayden Christensen plays that scene perfectly, as he goes from joy to heartache to anger all in a matter of moments. This is one of the scenes that I’m sure George Lucas had in mind when he picked Hayden to play Anakin and he plays it more than perfectly.

 

  • Anakin and the slaughter of the Tusken Raiders

His first act of hatred, and to be honest, it’s one that I understand. How can you condemn a man who takes justice into his own hands on the lawless planet of Tatooine? These Tusken Raiders kidnapped and tortured his mother until she died, I get it. Anakin’s follow up conversation with Padme at the Homestead as he describes to her how he killed the Raiders is another great Hayden Christensen moment. The anguish, the guilt, the lack of remorse, the shame, all of these conflicting emotions that he feels at the same time as a result of Anakin’s act is portrayed perfectly by Hayden and shows why he was chosen for this role.

 

  • Padme admits she loves Anakin

Now this is a tricky one. But the key factor in this moment just before they are taken into the arena, is that they both think they are going to be killed in the arena. (We all know they won’t be killed, because of the OT, but obviously – they don’t) But since they believe that they are going to die a horrible death, so what has Padme got to lose at this point? We all know she is attracted to Anakin, she admits as much on Tatooine. The “reasonable Padme” knows it can’t work if they want to live in the real world. But if your real world is about to end, why not at least tell the one you love that you love them in your final moments? Again, I get it. Plus, at the end of the film, they get married in secret creating even more drama for the Prequel story! In this Episode we are treated to the most romantic Star Wars theme, and in my opinion one of the top romantic themes in all of cinema. I would also argue that Across the Stars is one of John Williams’ best Star Wars themes.

 

  • Battle of Geonosis

One of the best battles in the Saga! First we are treated to 200 Jedi fighting battle droids and Separatist Geonosians in the Arena battle. How amazing is that moment?! Another moment we have been wanting see since the beginning. From there we move outside of the Arena and see the Clones fighting droids with the Jedi leading them to victory.

 

  • Dooku and Obi Wan’s talk

So much information is disclosed in this scene. First of all the set up of the scene is just plain cool, with Obi-Wan held prisoner in a energy field, with Dooku taunting him with Obi-Wan’s helplessness. Then Dooku straight up tells him all about the Sith plan! Darth Sidious is in control of the Senate and is running things. Dooku brings up Qui-Gon Jin and how Qui-Gon would have joined him. He reveals to the audience that Qui Gon was his padawan.

 

  • Yoda’s duel with Dooku (his Padawan)

Not only are we amazed that Yoda can throw down with a lightsaber, but we see more of how powerful he is in the Force. It is also revealed that Dooku was once Yoda’s padawan! How emotional of a moment is that for Yoda, knowing that his padawan is now a Sith Lord and is responsible for the Separatists and this Clone War, and now he’s having to try to kill him.

 

 

  • Mace Windu

After not doing much in the previous Episode, we get to see Mace Windu in action in the Battle of Geonosis. We get to see him face off with the bounty hunter, Jango Fett, as well as multiple battle droids. Mace is a powerful Jedi Master.

 

 

  • 3PO and R2’s first adventure

C-3PO and R2-D2 go on their first adventure together and we see how from the get go they are always blasting each other, but we see they become “friends” real quick. While they were introduced to each other in Episode I, it is in this movie that we get the groundwork laid for their antics and bickering in the Original Trilogy.

 

  • Death Star plans

It is revealed that the Death Star plans were developed by the Separatists and that the Geonosians had a big part in their design. We see that the future Empire’s devastating planet killer has been in development for over 20 years. It makes one wonder what took so long? I don’t doubt that we will see this dilemma explored in upcoming Star Wars stories. (*Update from 2017 – read Catalyst to find out why)

These are a few reasons why Attack of the Clones is so appealing to me and how it plays a major role in the whole Star Wars Saga. I know that it gets criticized a lot and is the butt of many jokes. One of which is sand and how it gets everywhere, I’m sorry, but it’s true! Sand is irritating and it does get everywhere! Haven’t you been to the beach and had to constantly clean sand off of you? Then when you get back home and wash your clothes, guess what? The sand is everywhere and it’s very annoying. I can’t imagine living on a planet of sand, such as Tatooine, for years and liking sand.

But anyways, again I think Attack of the Clones is unfairly criticized and firmly belongs in the Saga as major Star Wars story events occur non stop in this film. I challenge you to re-watch Attack of the Clones with a new mindset to see how pertinent it is to the whole Saga and how important these events are to the overall Star Wars story.

– Justin

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Soundtrack Track List Revealed!

The soundtrack track list for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been updated on iTunes. While there’s nothing too spoilery, the movie hasn’t been released in theaters until later today (as of this posting). The soundtrack is due to be released tomorrow, Dec 15th, 2017.

 

             

First Tracks from Danny Elfman’s Justice League Soundtrack!

Watertower Music has released the first tracks from the Justice League Motion Picture Soundtrack by Danny Elfman. The first track is titled “Hero’s Theme” and the second is “Friends and Foes”. While Hero’s Theme is a new composition, Friends and Foes does contain hints from John Williams iconic Main Theme from 1978’s Superman The Movie. Random Angst is hoping that Danny Elfman also includes themes from previous DC movies and is able to weave them into his original compositions. I think that having this musical continuity is key to tying in previous films and stories recently released by WB and DC. Rupert Gregson-Williams was able to do it with the Wonder Woman soundtrack in a satisfying way, so he was able to show that it can be done and be done well.

Stay tuned for more releases and the entire soundtrack can be pre-ordered now and will be available on November 10th, 2017 (per iTunes).

 

Watertower Music has also released the titles for the 2-Disc soundtrack.

Disc 1
01. Everybody Knows – Sigrid
02. The Justice League Theme – Logos
03. Hero’s Theme
04. Batman on the Roof
05. Enter Cyborg
06. Wonder Woman Rescue
07. Hippolyta’s Arrow
08. The Story of Steppenwolf
09. The Amazon Mother Box
10. Cyborg Meets Diana
11. Aquaman in Atlantis
12. Then There Were Three
13. The Tunnel Fight
14. The World Needs Superman
15. Spark of The Flash
16. Friends and Foes
17. Justice League United
18. Home
19. Bruce and Diana
20. The Final Battle
21. A New Hope
22. Anti-Hero’s Theme
23. Come Together – Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL
24. Icky Thump – The White Stripes

Disc 2
01. The Tunnel Fight (Full Length Bonus Track)
02. The Final Battle (Full Length Bonus Track)
03. Mother Russia (Bonus Track)

You can currently stream or buy these two songs on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and other digital music services.

 

UPDATE: As of today, Oct 30, 2017, Friends and Foes is no longer available to stream or buy (at least via iTunes).  My speculation is that it will be released as a single sometime over the couple of weeks prior to the film release in the theaters. Then it will be available once the album is fully released on November 10, 2017.