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Linda M. (bonbons99) from GLEN, NH Reviewed on 8/4/2010...
my son loves this movie.
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2 Jedi and a Baby
D. COLLIER | Brownwood, TX United States | 08/29/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"LUKE: You fought in the clone wars? BEN: Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father.
LEIA: General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the clone wars.
These quotes lit a fire under our curiosity, and it burned for nearly 30 years. Now the excitement and anticipation can be satisfied by...
...the further adventures of little orphan Annie!
CLONE WARS boasts exciting space dogfights and intense light saber duels. But these things do not make up for where it fails miserably. Nowhere in this movie do we see the echoes of the great stories hinted in A NEW HOPE. Nowhere do we see a camaraderie develop between Bail Organa ("years ago you served my father") and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Since 20th Century Fox did not release this film (can't say I blame them), the movie opens with the Warner Brothers logo and without the signature Alfred Newman prelude. There is no written prologue that retreats into the distance of space. The animation is rather wooden. This would have been acceptable had the film been made by a studio with a more limited budget. But it was made by George Lucas who has money coming out of his ears! Financially, there is no reason why THE POLAR EXPRESS should look better than CLONE WARS. But even VEGGIE TALES looks better than CLONE WARS.
The plot of CLONE WARS is that the Jedi are summoned to rescue Jabba the Hutt's kidnapped son. That is the plot of the movie called CLONE WARS. Can someone please enlighten me as to what that has to do with the Clone Wars?
Jabba junior who inherits the nickname,"Stinky" is much more annoying than ewoks and Jar Jar Binks put together. There is even an utterly failed attempt at humor by pointing out that Junior the Hutt made a poopie. (No, I am not making that up.) Which, incidentally, is how we arrive at his cute nickname. Jabba the Hutt's uncle plays a role in the film as well. Ziro the Hutt does nothing to add to the entertainment value of this heap except to make the viewer wonder whether or not he was based on Truman Capote, for there is an uncanny resemblance.
The music in CLONE WARS almost never sounds like any of the scores composed by John Williams. Sometimes it sounded like a rock band and sometimes like classical Chinese folk music.
I'm sick and tired of people defending ewoks and Jar Jar Binks by saying it's in there to appeal to the kids. Where have you been the last 30 years? It's STAR WARS! The name alone has kid-appeal and always has. It has more kid appeal than Fess Parker's Davy Crockett, for crying out loud. And it had it long before an ewok ever scratched his ear or a Gungan ever ruined a movie. You might as well complain about Sesame Street not having enough kid appeal.
In a word: Stinky."
Father of a Star Wars Fanatic
S. Barraco | Huntington, NY | 11/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this for my 6 year old son who loves Star Wars and the Clone Wars cartoons. He is always asking me to let him watch the Clone Wars on TV but it is on past his bedtime. This helps satisfy his need to see the TV series. He loves it and I think its very imaginative."
Rosebud | Florida | 01/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this for my 7 year old grandson for Christmas and he loved it. He's a Star Wars fan and really wanted this DVD. Great gift."
Could've been a good live-action film
Australian Reader | Sydney | 02/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The characters work, the story is watchable -- already it beats 'The Phantom Menance' and 'Attack of the Clones'. Add some genuinely exciting action, a sexy new villianess and some tongue-in-cheek humour and you have a STAR WARS film.
The story follows the typical father/son Lucas path (what is with George and his daddy issues?), this time with Jabba the Hutt losing his slimy newborn. Anakin Skywalker and his new Jedi apprentice are sent to rescue the Huttlet as Obi-Wan Kenobi chats with Jabba.
Some of the dialogue is overdone or badly planned (for example, Obi-Wan assures his droid that "...I'm sure Jabba will be in a good mood" despite the fact that Jabba has recently lost his son!) and some characters remain wooden (Mace Windu badly needs a personality) but there is enough eye-candy and energy to keep viewers interested. Count Dooku finally establishes himself as a half-decent antagonist, but it is his slinky sidekick who steals the show."
Good for what it tries to do.
Cable | Ca | 11/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished watching `The Clone Wars' & to be honest it was pretty good. No it's not as good as the movies & it's not as intense as the Samurai Jack-esk `Clone Wars' shorts from 2003 but then again it's not supposed to be like ANY of those. It's like comparing apples to oranges. ALSO keep in mind that Lucas is trying to broaden his appeal to kids with this movie's style & story telling as well as with the series on CTN so it's going to be, over all, a bit more simple in its execution but no less entertaining. Don't watch this expecting an Oscar performance. It is a CGI cartoon after all, how serious/critical are you supposed to take it? It has more of an Episode 2 feel to it, for me at least, but the action sequences are just as long, intense & still 'edgy' for a CGI cartoon. They flowed well & were non-stop action. Clone troopers got it pretty bad in this movie & the lightsaber duels left me wanting for more(longer duels, that is) but were pretty good for a CGI cartoon. It held my interest the whole time though the plot of helping the huts was a bit odd. The dialogue could have used a little help but what star wars movie couldn't? I wouldn't recommend buying this movie until you see it first but if you keep in mind what this movie is supposed to be/do & you don't take it as seriously as some, then you should have fun & you'll be just fine. Anakin's apprentice is there for the young girls as well as to be the little miss know-it-all pain in the butt for Anakin the way he was to Ben (it's called irony) so she may be a bit annoying for some out there (she's better in the TV series)...and who in this world isn't about money? There is a lot of story that can be told between episodes and he wants to tell it (whether is executed well or not). We all would do it too & you all know it. `TCW' story line isn't a major one in the Star Wars universe. It feels more like a made for TV movie but it ultimately starts up the TV series so there is a longer broader story to set up here as well.
Simple, aims at a broader audience & still a fun watch, if only once, in my opinion.
I say rent it first, watch it for what it is & go from there. "