My husband and I got to see the Star Wars: Clone Wars movie at the premiere showing at midnight on Friday, August 15th. We wore our costumes (he as stormtrooper and me as jedi master), along with another jedi from the Rebel Legion, along two clonetroopers, two Sand Troopers, Vader, a tie-fighter and a Biker Scout from Garrison Tyranus as part of the promotions for Regal Cinemas.
Now for the review. It was great! It delivered the promise that the prequels didn't. The storyline was good, the characters just right, and even the one time Padme was within glancing distance of Anakin when they looked at each other with the secret yearning, you believed in their love for each other. Something I did not in the live action movies--there both seemed too uncomfortable with esch other to be a married couple expecting a baby.
It's not to say I didn't like the prequels, it's just they were not on par with the Trilogy (though Ep 3 came the closest--except for the love scenes). If the rest of the Clone Wars TV show is as great as this movie than expect to be in for some great stuff in the tradition of Star Wars as the Trilogy gave us.
In this film, we are introduced to Ahsoka Tano, a young out of the Jedi Academy student whom Yoda sends to let Obi-Wan and Anakin know that relief is on the way for the skirmish they're involved in, plus to tell them that she is to be Anakin's padawan to train. Something that Anakin does not want. But as the film goes on, both will learn from each other, and we will see they start to grow close in the way that Master/Padawan relationships do--like Qui-Go/Obi-Wan and Obi-Wan/Anakin. She comlements Anakin's brashness with a disarming wit and innocence.
The only holdovers from the prequels who lent their voices to this are Anthony Daniels as C3PO, Matthew Wood as General Grievous, and Christopher Lee as Count Dooku. The rest are all new voice-actors, including Yoda, which was a big disappointment for me in that I wanted Frank Oz.
Anyway, I won't go on and spoil it for you, but do go see it. I promise you this space opera that will end the summer for you with great promise. And if you have children or grandchildren, this will be a film you both will enjoy.
To learn more about this film go to Star Wars: Clone Wars
I give this film 5 Dragons!