Star Wars: The Clone Wars

2008-09-26 16:44
What it's about:
On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, sinister villains - led by Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie), Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and General Grievous (Matthew Wood) - are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations.

What we thought of it:
Don’t act so surprised. Of course the Empire needed saving between the second and third Star Wars films. Or is that the fifth and the sixth?

When Anakin Skywalker, still a good guy at this point in the legend, and his mentor Obi Wan Kenobi are tasked with rescuing the slimy offspring of Jabba The Hut, the last thing he expects is to become a mentor himself. But for better or worse, he’s put in charge of wannabe Jedi Ahsoka Tano and together they must fight off robot armies, interfering Sith lords and their own sloppy teamwork to save the universe. Sound familiar?

It’s like the filmmakers have never been to a Pixar movie. In a post-Finding Nemo world, audiences expect a scintillating plot, meticulous art direction and inspired voice acting from animated features. Clone Wars offers some nifty robot battles, that’s for sure, but doesn’t exhibit nearly enough depth to make this installment in the series worthwhile.

Wooden voice acting performances by James Arnold Taylor as Obi Wan and, to a lesser extent, Matt Lanter as Anakin, pour cold water over what should be a more swashbuckling and better-scripted outer space adventure.

Robot armies may be notoriously ineffective at killing Jedis but they are full value for comedy lovers. Sadly, they take a back seat to the somewhat less humorous sarcasm between Anakin and Ahsoka, although Stinky livens up the movie with a burp here and there.

Not terrible, decidedly not wonderful, Star Wars: Clone Wars lives up to neither the proud franchise it is set in, nor the recent slew of fabulous animated features we should rather be spending our money on.

- Niel Bekker

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As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace.

Lance K. 2008/09/29 11:52 AM
Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy There are times when the story just doesn't seem to have been thought through. I got the impression that the story-line is stitched together from tried-and-tested recipe-scenes. The entire plot is also a little thin and seems more at home in a 30-minute TV episode than a wanna-be blockbuster movie. I give it 2 stars (generously).
Nick 2008/09/29 11:47 PM
Tired looking animation I haven't even seen this film and im already deeply concerned. Why does the animation look like something we would have expected 5 years ago? Plot weaknesses and rubbish dialogue (hallmarks of this franchise) aside, it just just look visually exciting at all.
Nick 2008/09/29 11:50 PM
Whoops Should read, it just doesn't look visually exciting at all.
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