How is your Star Wars preparation going? Apart from securing your midnight screening tickets, have you had a chance to start watching the previous 6 episodes? Last week Amy gave us a recipe to make watching Episode 1 a little easier, but this time, with episode 2 we are on our own, but do not despair, we have The Force!
One word sums up Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, potential. We must keep in mind what the purpose of the second trilogy is, to present to us the story of how Darth Vadar became the greatest cinematic villain of all time. You just have to think about Walter White and his transformative story in Breaking Bad, and you know that this type of story has massive potential. As a side note, can you imagine Hisenberg with a LightSaber in a versus Darth Vadar scenario!? Breaking Bad gushing aside, Episode 2 could have been the greatest romantic drama of all time!
Anakin and Padmé would have had cultural status as great as Romeo and Juliet, or even greater than Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the Notebook, had this romantic tale been told right. All the cultural significance that Episodes 4 to 6 gave us would have instantly elevated this couple to romantic royalty. Remove all the distracting CGI, remove the catastrophic performances, in fact I am calling for a remake! A remake of Episode 2 will most likely never happen, but when the potential is staring you in the face, it’s hard not to think about what could have been.
Through Episode 2 we are witnessing the birth of Darth Vadar, that is a big deal. The energy and focus was misdirected in this film to action set pieces, short and shallow dialogue, heavy visuals in exchange for delicately crafted performances and emotional depth. Why does the romance fail here?
Padmé doesn’t seem to have aged very much in comparison to Anakin, who we saw as a mere child in Episode 1, and as such it seems borderline creepy that Anakin is infatuated with Padmé, and even more bizarre that Padmé eventually too feels a sense of love towards ‘young Ani’. Since the film choses to explore this forbidden love, you’d think that more love and attention would have been given to the scenes with these two enamours. You’d think that the director would’ve wanted to draw out the purest performances from these two mains. Episode 2 should have toned back on the epic nature of battles and action and focused on making it the greatest romantic drama ever told, so much so that every time we watch it henceforth, we would always shed a tear.
It is awesome to revisit these films and get into the spirit of everything Star Wars, so don’t get me wrong, but I can’t help think, ‘what if?’ As a result, Episode 2 is probably my least favourite of all six episodes, regardless a necessary instalment. What’s your opinion?
TRIVIA COOKIE: Samuel L. Jackson has said that the words, ‘bad mother-f*cker’ are engraved on the hilt of his LightSaber.