‘One Big Reason’ is a bi-weekly series where I take a look at some of the blockbuster films we love to hate and find one redeeming quality that makes it worth a watch.
This weeks pick: George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
Back in the year 1977, Lucas unveiled an unforgettable movie going experience of a lifetime. His first film titled Star Wars was a monster hit and a new franchise was born. The original trilogy was met with such acclaim that Lucas wanted to tell the tragic backstory of the main antagonist; Darth Vader.
Lucas started with his first prequel film titled The Phantom Menace. The film had more political drama in the movie than the entire trilogy combined. Though it was the most hyped Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, fans weren’t expecting to come out of theater flabbergasted at how much screen time Jar Jar Binks really had.
While The Phantom Menace wasn’t a terrible Star Wars film, its sequel titled Attack of the Clones introduced Hayden Christensen’s hatred of sand to the world. Though this movie has its fair share of internet memes and acrimony, there’s still enough in there to enjoy. One aspect to love about Attack of the Clones is the sheer number of Jedi in the movie. In fact, this is the first film when we see all of the Jedi working together to meet a common goal.
Attack of the Clones Shows The Overwhelming Number of the Jedi
The previous film showcased the Jedi Council which included Yoda, Mace Windu, and Qui-Gon Jinn. The council also introduced us to some lesser known Jedi including Ki-Adi-Mundi, Yarael Poof, and a female Yoda figure named Yaddle. Even though we only saw those figures firmly seated on the council in Episode I, the following sequel gave us fans what we were all craving for; Jedi in action.
After Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme all survive their gladiatorial combat, we are finally shown how vast in number the Jedi truly are. The scene where all of the lightsabers ignite throughout the stadium should bring a big smile to every Star Wars fan. We learned way back in A New Hope that the Jedi became extinct and were all wiped out at some point. Episode II gives us a great indication that there were many living and breathing Jedi all fighting for a just cause.
The Final Battle Shows The Jedi Working And Fighting Together
Before the Clones join in on the battle of Geonosis, the Jedi are left fighting loads and loads of droids including a new class of Battle Droids; the Super Battle Droids. The Jedi exhibit team work by taking out as many Separatist droids as they can. The sheer number of droids puts the Jedi at a big disadvantage. The camera pans back and forth between our three main heroes along with the other Jedi who are fighting for their lives. The major battle also shows that not all of the Jedi are invincible as you see from the clip below:
It didn’t take much for Jango Fett to finish this Jedi off. A few direct shots to his chest catches this Jedi off-guard who is eventually shot and falls to his death. The Jedi are all ultimately rescued by the Clones who then divert the battle outside of the arena. The impressive battle sequences with all of the Jedi using their individual lightsabers is definitely something worth praising.
Episode II Gives Enough Screen Time To The Jedi Who Will Later Die By Order 66
Speaking of the individual Jedi fighting in the battle, Episode II does a great job demonstrating all of the secondary characters unique fighting style. We are shown brief glimpses of the aquatic Jedi named Kit-Fisto, the Kel Dor named Plo Koon, and the Jedi from Ryloth named Aayla Secura. All of these Jedi and more have short but impactful sequences that show them fighting in the action whether using their lightsabers or the Force.
George Lucas clearly did this for a reason. He wanted these Jedi to have their few moments because he wanted their deaths to be more meaningful. Though we don’t learn a great deal about all of these Jedi, the quick scenes we do see them in give us enough reason to mourn for their deaths with Palpatines Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith. Episode II’s action sequences are a prelude of what’s to become of these Jedi. Without these scenes, we would not have had that emotional gut punch when we see them all get slaughtered by their own Clone army.
The Jedi Makes ‘Attack of the Clones’ Worth A Watch
It’s a shame that when people bring up Attack of the Clones, they immediately talk about Anankin’s horrible acting and dialogue along with his romantic scenes with Padme. All that aside, Attack of the Clones is an enjoyable film in its own right. There are many other sequences worth mentioning such as the battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett on the planet Kamino as well as that famous Yoda flipping scene against Count Dooku.
Attack of the Clones gave us memorable Jedi that helped expand the Star Wars universe giving us many variations of Jedi action figures we can all collect. If there’s at least some gratification to this film, it’s the immense number of Jedi we become attached to.
Do you think the final Jedi battle makes Attack of the Clones worth a second watch? Sound off in the comment section below!
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