Star Wars: The Clone Wars
August 17, 2008
Directed by Dave
Starring the voices of Matt Lanter, Ashley Ekstein, James Arnold
Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Nika Futterman, and special guest
stars Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, and Anthony Daniels.
There are some things you do just because you're a geek, and it's
expected of you. For me, going to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars was
one of them. Unlike a lot of other Star
Wars projects in recent years, there has just been zero
excitement in the geek community for this one. No
buzz...positive or negative. It's kind of just...been there.
But still, I was there on opening weekend, because I'm a geek
and that's what's expected of me..
Those brave Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are on the
front lines of the Clone Wars, fighting the seperatist armies of Count
Dooku! While fighting to liberate the planet of Christophsis,
Anakin Skywalker gets a surprise: a padawn learner, a plucky
tween by the name of Ahsoka Tano. As is the way of these
things, Anakin and Anshoka don't get along so well. But soon,
the two are dispatched on their first mission. It seems that
Jabba the Hutt's son has been kidnapped by seperatist forces, and if
the Jedi can rescue the huttlett, Jabba will let the Republic use his
trade routes to strike at the sepratist forces. Will Anakin
and Ahsoka be able to put aside their bickering and save Jabba's son?
What I Liked
There's some fantastic action scenes, some great space battles, and a
nice, incredibly subtle moment where Anakin quotes Qui-Gon
Where to begin? How about Jabba the Hutt's flaming homosexual
uncle? Yeah.... And I'm all for strong female
characters, but can we give the "plucky, wisecracking tween" archtype a
rest now, please? And what was up with the music?
Powerpuff Girls-style guitars for the Clonetrooper's
theme...Sin City-style saxophones for the Coruscant cityscapes...it
didn't work for me. We've all known for some time that this
is just the first three episodes of the Clone Wars cartoon strung
together into a movie, and it's very, very obvious. And the
animation is truly TV quality, not movie quality.
I've watched a lot of mindless action shows targeted for 8-year olds in
my time. Star Wars: The
Clone Wars is a mindless action show targeted for 8-year
olds. The big problem? I'm not 8-years old anymore.
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