4 years ago
Attack of the Clones had all the base ingredients to be one of the greatest films ever made and it's the complete opposite of that. It's really fun to play through in Lego Star Wars, though.
Lots of people don't like it, but I love the Yoda fight at the end. Seeing the little green fragile space baby going from 0 to 1000 in a span of 6 seconds is the best part of the movie. And there's actually lots of cool stuff in II, but because the writing plays out like one of my Shadow the Hedgehog VS The Matrix: ANARCHY fan-fics from middle school, none of it saves the movie. II is the first time we see a lot of things that are awesome in theory: Tons of Jedi fighting things, the actual real Clone Wars that were mentioned in IV, Boba Fett: Origins, Jedi Master Fucking Yoda, dual-wielding lightsabers, force lightning with effects that don't look Fake, and the romantic relationship that would eventually give birth to Luke and Leia. That last one in particular should have been one of the better love stories on film but it was weird and awkward and only happened because of destiny, or something. Anakin's creepy ass SHOULD have been knocked into the friendzone but Padme already had a crush on him (for some reason). Action aside, Padme in a tight dress is the only reason I keep coming back to this movie.
Episode II is just a really shitty romance fic about Darth Vader's high school days -- or college days. I don't fucking know how old he is here but he acts like he's 13. He's a much more tragic character in III, which is an actually good movie. An honestly he's even more tragic in Episode I, which is bad but not Attack of the Clones-bad. The Darth Maul Versus Liam Neeson fight makes up for everything else and puts every lightsaber duel from the original trilogy to shame.*
That said, you should absolutely watch it, especially if a) you're marathoning it and/or b) you want to get better at writing. Not because it shows you how to be better at writing, but because it shows you how NOT to write, and honestly, that's just as -- if not more -- important.
Edit: I totally forgot, but II's soundtrack has one of the best themes for anything: "Across the Stars," which is Anakin and Padme's romantic motif. This melody is beautiful and haunting and is everything the actual romance should have been. It's right up there with songs like "Binary Sunset," "Leia's theme," "Dual of the Fates," "Anakin's Betrayal," and "Anakin Vs Obi-Wan."
* OK, that's not true; the last duel in V is really good from an emotional standpoint and carries just a little more weight than the last duel from III and definitely more than the one from I.