DIRECTOR: George Lucas
Ten years have past in the Star Wars Universe since Episode I and you watch the film and if you’re like myself , you wonder if Lucas should just call his franchise over. Yes, it’s space opera but the opera is what happens behind the camera. George Lucas can not separate himself from his own films. It shows here and to a bad effect. Not a disastrous effect but a declining one.
Obi Wan Kenobi is now Jedi Master to Anakin Skywalker and he wants to face trials like Kenobi in the previous film. Anakin is on security detail for Senator Amidala and a few affectionate glares here and there are seen. As this is happening the evils or Darth Sidious is unfolding and he wants things to go according to his plans along with Count Dooku.
There is enough intrigue and adventure in this Episode II instalment yet one can’t help but ponder where you’ve seen it all before. Yes, the father and son storytelling is taking place of Anakin/Luke Skywalker across both trilogies but this film lacks any sense of creativity or genius. It is lazy film making by Lucas. Similar scenes are shot the same way we may see it in other films. Story-paths and identical events are present and you may see it in the context of a puzzle piecing itself together, yet the puzzle isn’t enjoyable to view.
The film could be tighter but again it does not treat its audience intelligently. It spells everything out and not even the actors look like they’re enjoying being in a Star Wars film. What is interesting to watch and continue seeing the film is Count Dooku and Sidious’ role in how they want the destruction of the Jedi Council along with their own motives. If more screentime were given to them then the film would be tighter. George Lucas exercise restraint.
You need to watch this film for two reasons.
- To understand the why and how the future empire begins to form.
- To identify and understand less is more in a film.
Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi
Hayden Christenssen as Anakin Skywalker
Natalie Portman as Amidala
Christopher Lee as Count Dooku
Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine