Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

Dare I say it starts off with almost cool neo-noir vibes? It ain’t no Blade Runner but the mystery plot, dark city setting, and moody Anakin make for a compelling first act (dated SFX aside, that city chase was great–and the Jedi duo generate surprising humour). The rest is solid as it sticks with a straight forward dual-narrative following Obi’s investigation and angsty Annie’s relational drama. Gets cheesy as it goes on (and on–it’s too long) but it’s fun (see C3P0’s head gag).


  1. I didn’t get the neo-noir vibes so much… I can kinda see where you’re coming from, but this movie just disappointed me so much that I don’t think I’ll ever really see the positives that might possibly be there somewhere in this one. And the SFX sucked when it came out – much too much emphasis in this film on flashy CGI – I can’t even imagine what it would be like to watch it in 2019.

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    1. oh man! yeah keep in mind i have zero history with the star wars films, i only watched the originals a year or two ago and just started watching the prequels this year! so i wasn’t there to experience all the hype and subsequent disappointment for episode I and II haha. crazy that the SFX sucked already in 2002. 😛

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      1. Oh wow, yeah I guess the lack of historical perspective would make a difference. Nothing beats the original Star Wars trilogy, but even the first VHS release featured revisions… The original films are no more, sadly

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