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Movie Review: Star Wars: Clone Wars

I’m a fan of Star Wars. I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I watched the original movie in theaters at roughly the age of four. So, it’s not surprising that I share my love of Star Wars with my children. When the new movie came out, we decided to see it.

After reading a number of poor reviews of Star Wars: Clone Wars, I went into the movie theaters with low, low (very low) expectations for the movie. I figured that if I could make it through Space Chimps then there wasn’t anything that George Lucas could do to Star Wars that would kill me.

The Clone Wars (film)Image via Wikipedia

If it weren’t branded “Star Wars” I don’t think it would be getting nearly so much criticism. Of all of Geroge Lucas’ later Star Wars works, I think that it comes closest to expressing the “Flash Gordon” serial aesthetic that he’s spoken so often of as being part of the inspiration for Star Wars.

I did have some minor problems with the move, such as, why does the plot at some point revolve around taking down a shield? The character Ashoka irritated me a bit. The patter between Ashoka and Anakin seemed too forced, as if it were there as a flag to say, “Hey, look! These characters don’t get along!” I thought that Ziro the Hutt was an interesting character and the day-glo tattoos was a nice touch. I just wish he hadn’t spoken English. It just felt wrong.

Star Wars: Clone Wars is slated for the Cartoon Network, but seems more akin to Nickelodeon fare.

My final opinion: Star Wars: Clone Wars exceeded my expectations (no, seriously, I mean it). I actually liked it, over all. My personal rankings for the Star Wars films are as follows:

  1. Star Wars (tied for first place with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
  2. Star Wars: Clone Wars (the 2003 animated television series)
  3. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (lost points for Luke and Leia being siblings)
  4. Star Wars Holiday Special (gains points for Boba Fett)
  5. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  6. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (JarJar!)
  7. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

I can confidently say that Star Wars: The Clone Wars was better than the Star Wars Holiday Special. And my children’s opinions? It scored two awesomes.

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N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com. When he isn't reading submissions or indulging his love of the Space Western sub-genre, he's developing websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles..

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