Star Wars: Clone Wars- CGI Movie
Back in 1977 when I first saw the original Star Wars, I could never have imagined that there would have been sequels, prequels, cartoons, books, music and computer animated movies that would flesh out the universe of a galaxy far far away. Now 31 years later, the universe includes a total of 6 movies and countless other genres to tell the story of Star Wars.
The latest venture into the Star Wars arena is titled Star Wars: Clone Wars. This is a computer generated film that takes place between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. For you non-die hard Star Wars fans, this movie is probably not for you. In actuality, this is technically not a movie at all. George Lucas financed the creation of a new computer animated TV show that will air on the Cartoon Network this year. This movie is technically an introduction to the series.
The story of Clone Wars follows the continued adventures of Generals Kenobi and Skywalker, who battle countless droids, and try to foil the schemes of the evil Darth Sidious and his apprentice Count Dooku. Along the journey we meet new characters, a padawan, named Ashooka for Skywalker, and an apprentice for Dooku, Assaja Ventriss (or something along those lines). The story is fairly simple, which involves the son of Jabba the Hutt being captured by Count Dooku to drive a wedge between the criminal Hutt family and the Republic, which needs the Hutt’s space to transport troops. As stories go it was fairly simple, but then again, this movie is targeting a younger generation. Too be honest, I broke my own rules, and read reviews of the film prior to seeing it. All of the reviews were pretty negative and harsh. Many of the reviewers are die hard Star Wars fans, so I was a little apprehensive when going to see the film. However, as I watched, I realized that the film wasn’t that bad; if you are a fan of Star Wars and enjoy action adventures then this will satisfy your appetite for a Saturday afternoon. I think the reason that people are so disappointed with this film is that their expectations are way too high. Fans should already realize that George Lucas has changed the tone of his films, which he started to do in episodes I & II. People have to remember that this film is based on a television show that will be for kids. Kameron and his buddies who met us at the movies all seemed to enjoy it, and they were laughing, oooing, aahhing and having a good time. I mean there are a number of deaths in the film, but they are clean like many Star Wars films. The overall tone of the film despite the deaths is pretty light. I think rabid Star Wars fans are experiencing what drug addicts feel when they take that first hit. Nothing is ever like the first high. This film is not a ground breaking, genre changing movie that people are going to clamor to see. It is a straight forward Star Wars adventure that we will have the pleasure of enjoying on a weekly basis very soon. Now many of the questions and mysteries that have existed in the Star Wars universe can now be answered on this expanded canvas.
Although I didn’t have high hopes for the film, I enjoyed myself. Grade: B
Dustin (My friend and Star Wars fan) Grade: C+
John (My friend who knows nothing about Star Wars) Grade: B
Kameron (A+, but later down graded to a B claiming he didn’t like the CGI)
Wulff- Grade: B
Justin- Grade: B
Max (Not sure but I believed he said he liked it.)
Roshawn- Grade: B