Just saw AotC for the first time last night and managed to avoid this thread until today. Overall, I enjoyed watching it, but I think I pretty much agree with most of what people have written:
love story: stunk
Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman: teen eye-candy
Belle, I agree with the dialog going downhill from the first line of the movie...
Personally, I liked the Yoda/Dooku sabre duel (yeah, people in the showing I went to laughed when Yoda went into his fighting pose and floated his lightsabre out of his belt). A bit silly, but I'm a big Jackie Chan fan too.
What I am disappointed about is that this movie was basically recycled variations of scenes from EP4-6. They had the monster fight, an astroid battle scene, the speeder chase scene through Corresant (similar to the speeder bikes on Endor), the jedi-falling-off-ledge scene, titanic battle scene between two armies (like in Empire Strikes Back), and of course the requisite lighsabre duels. About the only thing new were the romance scenes with Anakin and Padme frolicking through Naboo, and those just blew.
I thought it was very cool to see all of those lightsabres flashing in the Jedi battle at the end, but also thought that a lot of the Jedi there were killed way too easily for masters of the force...
The duel between Dooku and Anakin was on par with the best of Episodes 4-6.
Christopher Lee was great as Dooku, and Ewen (sp?) McGreggor good as Obi Wan (loved the Alec Guiness-esq manerisms!). Portman was better than I'd thought she would be, and Christensen had his moments (the scenes of and following his massacre of tuskin raiders were very believable to me).
Foreshadowing was too heavy-handed, though I did like how they played the Empire's theme at the end when they showed the Republic's clone army assembling for battle at the staging area on Corresant.
Looking forward to Episode III!
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