Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones movie review - Aussieboyreviews


As the title certainly suggests, this Star Wars instalment is loaded with robots and Jedi action. Kids may not appreciate the romance, but will like the story, which isn’t too great either.


Whilst Obi Wan uncovers a plan to assassinate the senator and destroy the Republic, Anakin Skywalker develops a forbidden relationship with Padmé Amidala. Meanwhile, the Jedi must defend the galaxy from the Sith.

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Movie details

Director: George Lucas
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker
Writer: George Lucas, Jonathan Hales
Release Date (Australia): 16 May 2002
Runtime: 142 minutes/2h 22m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film features thematic material including sustained battle sequences, death, senses of threat, depictions of fantasy characters and the use of supernatural powers.

Violence (PG)

People and robots are decapitated, dismembered and shot with fantasy weapons.

mpaa rating

PG (for sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Attack of the Clones wastes too much of its overlong runtime on an extremely flat and forgettable romance, rather than maintaining a heavier focus on the main ideas. The only memorable action sequences are the ones that are lengthy. And there unfortunately only seems to be a couple in there. There’s more dialogue than action in this Star Wars instalment.

Attack of the Clones fails to beat The Phantom Menace thanks to a bunch of unnecessary components. The frequently dull chatter and the pointless romance are definitely the biggest disappointments. It’s simply because they were taken too far in length. The dialogue in the previous Star Wars movies were quite engaging, but were also slightly overshadowed with brilliant action.

Although this movie’s action lacks the original trilogy’s charm, the robots, fights and special effects are amazing, but the entire film is also visually stunning. Performances? The characters aren’t weak, but the acting also lacks a significant shine. This is the Star Wars instalment that you’ll appreciate if you’re a fan, but probably won’t return to.

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