Thursday, 30 July 2009

Film Review: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (2008) [Animated]

Director: Dave Filoni
Running time: 95 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): PG

Watched on Sky+ Thursday 30th July 2009.


Filmed entirely with CGI, this movie partially fills the gap between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
There was an animated TV series that followed on from the film, which I have seen and, for the most part, enjoyed. This film has its faults, but over all it’s fairly entertaining to a fan of Star Wars (but NOT a fanatic).

The young son of Jabba the Hut has been kidnapped by Separatist rebels, agents of Count Dooku. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobiare sent to find the ‘Hutlet’ and return him to Jabba in order to persuade him to let the Republic use his space lanes. They are joined on this quest by the feisty Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s new Padawan learner. There are many battles with the droid army and double crosses along the way, but I think you can guess how it all turns out in the end.

I’m not too sure about this one, having seen most of the subsequent TV series, I’m used to the look and feel of this film, I think it works better on TV, in shorter pieces. Only a few of the cast from the ‘live action’ films leant their voice talents to this version, notably Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Anthony Daniels as C3PO and Christopher Lee as Count Dooku. Voicing the main characters were, Matt Lanter as Anakin, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka and James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan (amongst others). Over all, fairly enjoyable, but I think it worked better as a TV series.

My score: 5/10

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