Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) – 7/10 science fiction action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: George Lucas
Writer (Screenplay): George Lucas
Writer (Screenplay): Jonathan Hales
Writer (Story): George Lucas
Producer: Rick McCallum
Executive Producer: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman: Padmé
Hayden Christensen: Anakin Skywalker
Frank Oz: Yoda
Ian McDiarmid: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Samuel L. Jackson: Mace Windu
Christopher Lee: Count Dooku

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

With Amidala now a Senator and Anakin a highly-trained and highly-skilled Jedi Padawan, there is violent unrest as the Republic falters. Many thousands of star-systems seek a different leadership and the few Jedi cannot control the fall-out. Then an assassination attempt on Amidala sets in motion events that will have cataclysmic effect.


"I forgot that there’s… That people take this seriously." – George Lucas

Arrogance aside, sad to say, Lucas’ biggest mistake in the Star Wars saga begins here with the casting of Hayden Christiansen who manages to miss every beat, overlook every emotion, and undermine nearly every scene he is in. He never convinces from frame one and almost never would. Even elsewhere this is curiously flat but still manages to provide plenty of intrigue, plenty of stunning costumes for Natalie Portman, some tidy action and what was 2002’s cinematic highlight: diminutive green Jedi Master Yoda finally letting rip and having a full-on Jedi battle with the evil Count Dooku. Awesome is simply not a big enough word.

This movie contains violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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