Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
2002
**½
Director: George Lucas
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Temuera Morrison, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz

Anakin Skywalker, now a young man and Jedi apprentice, is assigned to protect Senator Padmé Amidala, but things get complicated when he begins to fall in love with her. In the meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi discovers that someone has ordered a clone army for the Republic. The second instalment in the prequel trilogy offers slight improvement on the family entertainment of The Phantom Menace, but it doesn’t come even close to the innocent charm of the original trilogy. The action scenes are well executed and the plot is almost comprehensible, but the dialogue still hurts your ears and Hayden Christensen is weak as Anakin. The story concludes in Revenge of the Sith.