Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Star Wars: The Clone Wars *
Director: Dave Filoni
Just when you thought Jar Jar Binks had been the most unnecessary use of computer animation in the "Star Wars" universe (or in the entire universe for that matter...) here comes a whole feature length film that should've been named "Attack of the Greedy Lucasfilm", because it was created with the mere purpose of squeezing every single penny of your pocket.
It tries to set the ground for an upcoming series to be aired in the Cartoon Network during the fall and will force you to wonder if George Lucas ever heard of the terms "straight to video".
Occurring somewhere between Episodes II and III, the film has Anakin Skywalker trying to rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt in order to secure an alliance that will free trade paths in order to stop the ongoing clone war.
If you think the premise is yawn inducing, try sitting through it with animation that looks like the Thunderbirds as interpreted by 1980s computers.
The "Star Wars" saga has always been known for its cutting edge take on visual effects, but this attempt at retro is pure disrespect towards the audience.
The characters are wooden and barely register any emotion (making Hayden Christensen seem like Laurence Olivier) and the dull action sequences will have your mind wander off to a galaxy far far away...