Star Wars: The Clone Wars (U)
Cast: Matt Lanter, Ian Abercrombie, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Dave Filoni
Running Time: 98 minutes
I always thought that The Clone Wars was going to be a bit too much for Star Wars. After the atrocities that were I, II and III, I thought Star Wars films would be no more and this was going to follow suit.
I was pleasantly surprised by Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I’m a big fan of animated films anyway, so that aspect had me intrigued and I love the style that they have used to match the old Clone Wars animated TV series, and it’s a nice way to introduce us to the new Clone Wars animated TV series which is soon to appear on TV.
When I saw the trailers for the film, I thought that they had managed to get the cast back from I, II and III to do the voice overs, but that’s not the case. The only cast members returning are Christopher Lee as ‘Count Dooku’, and Samuel L. Jackson as ‘Mace Windu’. But credit to the other cast as the voices really do sound like their live action counterparts.
The main part of the story sees Jabba the Hutts’ son kidnapped, and it’s up to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to track down Jabbas son and return him safely. Whilst on the mission, Anakin is given a Padwan to teach which he isn’t happy about and feels that he has baggage that will only slow him down.
I thought that this storyline was better than I, II and III as it has a purpose and I felt that it wasn’t rushed along to get to a main point in the plot.
There are loads of battle scenes which really do look awesome and in certain parts, put some of the live-action films to shame. There are certain parts of the film when you can tell that it’s made for kids, ie droids acting stupid and saying daft things to each other, but don’t let that put you off going to see it.
It makes a nice change to actually watch a Star Wars film and not think….”well that’s pointless. What’s that got to do with anything, Jar Jar what?!?”
From watching this, I’ll probably watch the new TV series which is in the same style as the film as I thought it was a nice introduction to the Star Wars: Clone Wars story.
A good film, which is worth a watch. But don’t expect to see a Star Wars classic. Take a look at the Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer and see how you think it looks.
3 out of 5
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.