Star Wars: The Clone Wars

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

Voices: Anthony Daniels, Matthew Wood. Animated sci/fi adventure. Written by Henry Gilroy, Scott Murphy III. Directed by Dave Filoni.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Favorite characters, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padm Amidala, are on the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, along with brand new heroes like Anakins padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The whole premise is taken from a passing remark by Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first Star Wars movie:

Luke:You fought in the Clone Wars?

Obi-Wan: Yes. I was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your father.

Inspired by the innovative composition of Japanese anime, and fusing that style with the newest CG magic, George Lucas has finally seen his ultimate dream fulfilled a movie without actors.

The picture received an enthusiastic reaction from the screening audience during the closing credits. I was, however, left under whelmed. The animated film has a visually dynamic look that seems to scream out Sci/Fi, but its missing that human factor, not just because its computer drawn, but because its difficult to care about the stiff-speaking and rigid-looking characters. Like those marionettes on the 60s TV series Thunderbirds, the characters here move and look more like wooden androids. Like with the last batch of Star Wars movies, the filmmakers are so concerned with the look of the film that they lose the soul of the original. (Funny, that first one has the most dated look, yet has the most heart.) And the filmmakers on this newest effort have confused constant laser saber battling with the term action/adventure. I guess it fills up an hour and a half, but it seemed unnecessary.

Theres no crudity or offensive language. The messages of honor and working together to defeat an opposing foe are admirable. And for most, it is visually stimulating (lots going on). But there is one thing to consider: its violence. We only see robots destroyed and while the laser duels go on and on, theres no blood. But Im concerned about the amounts of mayhem aimed at blockbuster-going audiences. This vacation season has been loaded with comic-book actioneers, each nearly two hours long, and each filled with the same visual rampage. The Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, Iron Man, 10,000 B.C., Prince Caspian, Cloverfield, Forbidden Kingdom, Hancock, The Incredible Hulk 2, Indiana Jones 4, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Kung Fu Panda, Mongol, the Mummy 3, Rambo 4, Speed Racer, Tropic Thunder, Vantage Point, Wanted, how many has your kid seen?

You add up those hours with most of whats presented to younglings on television and, well, maybe it doesnt affect them.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One or two minor expletives, but I caught no harsh or obscene language.

Profanity: None

Violence: Though its saber laser cartoonish action, it is incessant; spaceships blown apart and gun blurts destroying countless bad guy robots. Blood: None just exploding and smashed robotic soldiers.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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