Notes on Attack of the Clones
I'm wondering when someone will make a film called Attack of the Clowns, in the style of Hot Shots etc. Anyway, back to topic. McBain & Shroom pretty much summed it all up, but I want to comment on the music a little more. Most obviously, the use of the Imperial March was great, foreshadowing things to come in Episode III. But I think the theme was used more subtly already in Episode I, and I'm absolutely sure it figures in certain places within this movie, obviously in relation to Palpatine. I also thought Luke's theme was used at times for Anakin, especially when he is visiting Tattoine. These uses of Leitmotifs seem to reinforce the labeling 'Space Opera'. Also, there was a musical joke, when Anakin & Padme kiss for the first time, the music swells, but as Padme draws back, the score also stops, but it's as if the orchestra just decides to stop playing - I know I'm not making this very clear, help me you musical persons out there! Anyway, I though that was funny, a memorably self-conscious point in the film.
I'm a fan myself, but I actually don't like the first film, and even though dialogue and acting in AOTC was not great, I don't have any trouble with it. Luke never had great dialogue either, and Hamill's acting is in no way better than Christensen's IMHO. Besides, I never liked Luke too much, so my favorite has always been Empire Strikes Back: more Yoda, less Luke. AOTC competes with Return of the Jedi for the second spot, I'd have to re-watch both to decide. Oh, and one minor quibble: the theater I watched it at (Tuschinski, a beautiful, newly-renovated old theater) had a copy where one of the reels was damaged. There was a line through the middle of the frame throughout an entire reel. And this is Friday at noon, the second screening of that particular film. I was pissed off.