Synopsis: For the past ten years, Jedi Master Obi-Wan had been teaching the powerful Anakin Skywalker the ancient ways of the force, while dark forces learn ways to seize on Anakin’s blatant weaknesses.
• Was a largely improved film and more palpable than the last. Had some truly breathless action scenes.
• Jedi Master Mace “Sam Jackson” Windu.
• The more comfortable and assured Obi-Wan, along with more Yoda.
• The dark gravitas of Christopher Lee (Count Dooku), and hauntingly charismatic Palpatine-Darth Sidious.
• The film was a downright beautiful sci-fi landscape painting.
• The Boba Fett origin story intertwined with the Clone Troopers (later most of the Imperial Storm Troopers) helped to make up for the film’s weaknesses more so than than even Yoda and Obi-Wan. This was the dark heart of the film.
• Lacked any real sense of peril.
• Though improved from Episode I, the dialogue was still weak and largely forgettable. The names of some new characters sounded either like drunken babble or downright baby-talk.
• Though perhaps intentional, Anakin’s portrayal was almost as unlikable as Jar-Jar Binks.
• Even though the film went out of its way to give Boba Fett’s origin, it was strangely not enough for the most zealous fans of the otherwise minor character, giving the sense that some pretend the story was not even portrayed.
• Jar-Jar Binks.
Like with Episode I, this might have been the only way to portray this part of the origin story. Some might not have liked Anakin, including myself, but he needed to be absurdly emotional. Some might not have liked the Anakin-Padme relationship, but it needed to happen to not only ensure Luke and Leia, but also ensure Anakin’s deeply emotional vulnerability. This is not being apologist to the prequels as a whole; this is accepting the objective reality that needed to be portrayed. As was further confirmed in the final prequel installment, no matter how unpalatable, destiny cannot always be changed. Dislike of something is sometimes unavoidable, but the point is that we can objectively see the mistakes everyone made that led to the dark times, to the Empire.
Star Wars Franchise
Rotten Tomatoes — 66%