Sunday, August 24, 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
A man called George Lucas wrote and directed
a kids film called Star Wars. An entire generation

of kids (and some grown ups) loved it. He followed

it up with a more 'grown up' sequel. And everyone

loved it. He followed that with a more kid
friendly sequel and some folk weren't happy...

Some years later he made another kids film and most of his original audience (now in their late 20s and 30s) complained - because it was a kids film. So he made the next two films a bit more grown up, and still people weren't happy. Sigh, some people.

So now, the new Star Wars film is out, and its unashamedly a kids film. And of course people are unhappy. Except the kids, obviously. And kids at heart, like me.

Because if you accept that this movie is a kids film, you might enjoy it. A lot.

What was wrong with the three 'prequels'? In my opinion, it was largely Jar-Jar in 'The Phantom Menace' and the love story in the other two. This film has neither of those two elements.

Its just a simple story of Jedis doing Jedi stuff set in the middle of lots of battles and other action. This is what the kids want. Its great.

The central plot (Anakin and his new padawan are sent to find and rescue the baby son of Jabba the Hutt) did feel a bit like the sort of story you would have got in the old 'Dungeons & Dragons' cartoon in the 80s, but so what? It was wrapped in an all-action, fantastic looking, fully theatrical experience.

I know my baby son is only 3 months old, but I'm already looking forward to watching this with him when he's bigger. (Let's face it, it'll be a long time before I let him watch Episode III).

This film is no more or less than 'Attack of the Clones, part II'. If the thought of that fills you with dread, steer clear. If that appeals to you, you'll like this.

The only bit that seemed a bit odd and out of place was the character of Jabba the Hutt's uncle - who seems to be a giant-slug drag queen in a dodgy part of town. Um, where did that come from, and why?

But I'm really looking forward to the TV series now. Bring it on...

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