Thursday, 14 August 2008

These are not the droids I was looking for

Watched Clone Wars today, because I am a Star Wars faggot. Before I checked it out, I read a bunch of reviews. I must've read something like five. Only one of them was positive. But I was positive and said to myself 'WHO CARES, I WILL JUDGE FOR MYSELF. ALSO, IT IS STAR WARS.' Turns out those negative reviews were right in being negative.

The basic premise of Clone Wars is that Jabba the Hutt's son (!) is MIA and that Anakin, along with some new Jedi apprentice chick named Ahsoka (!!) have to go save him. If not, the Republic pretty much lose the war because Jabba the Hutt closes off some trade routes. Seriously.

So, pluses and minuses.

PLUS:
- Clones. I love Jango Fett. I love Boba Fett. I. LOVE. CLONES.
- DEE MOTHERFUCKING BRADLEY BAKER voices many, if not all, the clones.
- SAM L. JACKSON! ANTHONY DANIELS! CHRISTOPHER LEE!
- Holy crap, is that KIT FISTO in the intro? AND HE TAKES UP MORE THAN A HUNDREDTH OF THE SCREEN? - It's, um, Star Wars?

MINUSES:
- It plays out like incredibly bad fanfiction. No wait, it IS fanfiction.
- Ahsoka is such a Mary Sue. I expected her and Anakin to lean in and kiss at any minute, despite the Padme factor. She kind of got away with more than anyone other apprentice would have been able to. Also, her personality was so annoying that she made Anakin look cool in comparison. I hate Anakin.
- Everyone is so out of character that it's stupid. Anakin's no longer the hot-headed, supposedly badass guy you once knew in Episodes 2 and 3. Suddenly, he is wise and not reckless. Then Obi-Wan, who I thought would be ok at first, but turned out to be sarcastic and wise-cracking (not to mention kind of sleazy). Then Dooku, who really just seemed more petty than strategic. TL;DR - EVERYONE IS OOC EXCEPT FOR C3PO AND R2-D2.
- Actually, I don't know if this is more a minus than a plus. But whatever, it goes here. A single line from Anakin contains more character than he ever had in the Prequel Trilogy. That is how bad Anakin is.
- The score, oh god. The score was by some dude named Kevin Kiner, who, instead of the orchestral music you traditionally hear in the films, threw in a whole bunch of tribal tunes. It really did not work. John Williams would be turning in his non-existent grave. Or spinning around in his house.
- A minor sort of gripe, but did everyone's eyes have to be so fucking big?

In short, while I don't exactly regret spending $5 to see this film on a 25m screen (remember though, Star Wars faggot), it was not a good movie. You should not see this movie. Unless you really like Star Wars. And then you can just rage at how it has fucked up the continuity.

[2/10 (one point for Clones and Kit, one point for... some voice talents.)]

1 comment:

minda said...

Reasons why Ahsoka sucked:
- No Padawan would be that good at that age, except maybe Anakin and he was a hot-headed reckless idiot most of the time. I know, I read the novels.
- SHOW SOME RESPECT, GIRL. YOU'RE TALKING TO THE FREAKIN' CHOSEN ONE.
- UM. THE DIALOGUE? 'NUFF SAID.
I'm sure there are more, but I'm too lazy to list the rest.

I feel I should point out that Obi-Wan has a tendency towards sarcasm, but the way the voice actor delivered the lines was more vindictive and taunting than just purely sarcastic. THAT IS SO NOT OBI-WAN. FAIL.

ALSO: the score included rock inspired music. WTH, DUDE. THIS IS STAR WARS.

One further semi-good point: Padme does more than just look out windows and cry in this movie, which is definitely an improvement from Ep III. But I thought her inclusion was pretty gratuitous. Like they were all, "OH YEAH ANAKIN'S KIND OF MARRIED, HEY. THAT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT LATER. LET'S STICK HIS WIFE IN AND LET THEM EXCHANGE ONE MEANINGFUL LOOK."

All I know is that I want those 90 or whatever minutes of my life back. And my five bucks.