Released: August 15, 2008
Studio: Warner Brothers and LucasFilms
Watched: August 15, 2008 at Ward Theaters
Set in the era of the Clone Wars (bridging Episode II: “Attack of the Clones” and III: “Revenge of the Sith” this film focuses on Anakin’s time as a General in the Clone Wars and his mission to recover the kidnapped Jabba The Hutt’s son and secure an Alliance with the Hutt clan for the Republic in its war with Count Dooku and the Separatists. In particular it focuses on his relationship with his Padawan (????) Ahsoka Tano.
Wow, this is the first time I’ve heard of Ahsoka Tano and I’ve been a Star Wars fan since childhood! Where’d SHE come from? The interplay between Anakin and Ahsoka was great as we get to see Anakin being the “wise and experienced” Jedi to Ahsoka’s “young, brash and reckless” character which, in 20-20 hindsight, only makes Anakin’s character all the more tragic. The action and FX is on par with just about any Star Wars film as you’d expect as we got the requisite blaster fights and lightsaber duels (and them some) that we’ve come to expect. All our favorites make appearances, mostly prominently Anakin and Obi-Wan as you’d expect along with R2-D2. Yoda, Padme, C-3PO have smaller roles and Mace Windu and Palpatine how minimal roles. Rogue’s gallery spotlight focuses mainly on Count Dooku and the Ventress who plagued Anakin and his platoon of Clone Troopers.
Hey, it’s a Star Wars film. You KNOW you’ll check it out regardless. For me I thought it was a great addition and expansion to the franchise although one can assume (as this film is the prelude to the new animated series) that things probably don’t work out too well for poor, young Ahsoka Tano in the long run. That’s the problem when you KNOW what the history of your franchises lead character is in the long run — it just dampens anything else given that hindsight.