Benz Eye View: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Here is another addition to the Star Wars Marathon on a movie no one asked for…

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

 

Pros:

The animation looks good.  I still prefer other animated films (i.e. Frozen, Big Hero 6, How to Train your Dragon, etc.), but the animators did a fine job making the characters and environments part of this world.

The voice acting is decent for the most part.  Many of the characters who had poor acting delivery in the prequels are a bit more alive in this movie.  Matt Latner and Catherine Taber as Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala respectively actually make the characters living beings, and seem to have a good romantic chemistry (for the few seconds they have been together).

The battle sequences are awesome.  They move really swiftly, but you can actually see what is going on between the combatants with some of its wide shots instead of the medium and close-up shots.  Reminds me of Jackie Chan’s movies and his stunt choreography.

 

Cons:

The dialogue is atrocious.  Not only do they state the obvious when it already happened, they are also forced and not needed.  They even keep restating the plot over and over so we can get it in our dumb heads.  I do not care if it is delivered well by the voice actors, it is still terrible.

There is stuff that are a bit too vulgar for children, and stuff that are bit too dumb for adults.  An example for adults is that they have a scene where one of the Republic ships has a decal of a sexy alien, and for children is that they make the battle droids extremely stupid to the point where you wonder why did CIS make them like that.

There are three to four different plots in this movie; way too many to follow, and none of them are interesting.  In fact, Padme’s plot does not come in until the last fourth of the movie.  It all leads to the main plot of rescuing Jabba’s son, which is stupid since we never see his son again (unless if he seen in the TV series) and Jabba gets killed in the Original Trilogy.

 

Overall:

Oh, boy.  You guys forgotten about this movie, haven’t you?  Well, Star Wars: The Clone Wars was released into theaters on August 15, 2008.  This was originally supposed to be the first few pilot episodes for the upcoming animated TV series, but George Lucas was so amazed by the animation, he thought it would be a good idea to make those episodes into a movie instead…That explains so much.  I was hesitant to review this movie since it is not really part of any of the Star Wars trilogies, but I decided to do so anyway since it was released into theaters, and we have one more day until Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Plus, it (and its TV series) are canon the current Star Wars Universe.  Regardless, this movie is bad.  How bad?  I agree with the critics who said that it is even worse than the prequels.  This should have been at least a made-for-TV movie, but they had to follow George Lucas’s idea.  You may not care for some of the characters in the movie if you have not seen Star Wars: Clone Wars (not Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  One is 2D animated while the other is 3D).  I only seen the first season the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, and I remember enjoying it.  However, I did not enjoy this movie, and it is best for it to be forgotten in the sands of Tatooine.

2/10

Well, tomorrow is the big day.  Tomorrow is when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released into theaters.

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Artwork by Adam Relf

Stay tune for my upcoming review tomorrow (or Saturday at the latest).  Here a couple of pretty good fan trailers to hype things up.

 

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