Last weekend Josiah and I scored a couple of free passes to a sneak preview of the new Star Wars animated film The Clone Wars. Here’s my brief review: It wasn’t as bad as I had feared.
To use a cliche phrase: It is what it is. It’s not a jaw-dropping live-action film like its predecessors, but it is an entertaining and enjoyable enhancement of the Star Wars universe.
The animated nature of the film lends itself to being a little more “kiddish.” The dialog has also gotten alot more casual. For example, you will be reminded of how much you hated Jar-Jar Binks every time Annakin’s padawan refers to him as “Sky guy” (which is constantly).
The fight sequences are exciting. It’s a great film to look at, even if the animation is more reminiscent of a PS3 game than the best that Lucasfilm is capable of.
All in all the film did its job. It expanded the Star Wars saga a bit, brought another generation into the culture and held my attention long enough to get me excited about the upcoming animated television series. Lucas could do that a hundred times over and I’d likely keep coming back for more.