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(Review originally written at 13 March 2003)

After a slightly disappointing but still good Episode I George Lucas strikes back in a way I couldn't possibly had imagined!

Same as all the Star wars movies, this film is full with unforgettable brilliant characters and amazing events. The action is simply superb and something you've never seen before.

The actors seem better then the ones from TPM. Natalie Portman (Padmé) and Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) seems to feel more comfortable in this one with as a result that the give a way better performance as they did in TPM. Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) totally blew me away! All I expected from him was to be just a pretty boy that would give a very poor performance. But boy was I wrong, he was simply brilliant and he really IS Darth Vader in the way he walks, the way he moves and the way he looks. Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine/Darth Sidious) and Christopher Lee (Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus) were also brilliant (as always) However the dialog was at some points extremely cheesy (although not as bad as most people try to make you believe). Please remember people that it was the dialog that was poor and NOT the acting skills of the incredible cast.

The movie starts of really fast and keeps that quick pace until the very last minute. Visually the movie looks wonderful and the CGI characters and environment look better then ever.

The movie made my heart pound at least 2 times faster then normal from about the Jango VS. Obi-Wan fight till the very last seconds. And even better, it almost made me cry at the moments when Yoda and the clones come to save the day and the clone wars begin but mainly at the end when the clones are marching and are getting ready to depart and you hear the Imperial March playing for the first time while Palpatine and some other senators are overlooking the event. I can't help it but EVERY time I just feel like crying, not because of how sad and exciting it is but because of how beautiful it is. Its magnificent and really gives me this wonderful feeling inside.

See this movie at least once before you pass judgment on it, even if you're not a Star wars fan. It's entertaining and thrilling till the last minutes and already only worth watching because of the brilliant last 30 minutes and the Yoda VS. Dooku fight.

The force is strong in this one!

10/10
 
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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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