The Field of Honour

If you enjoyed the trailer for The Goon (and really – who didn’t?), you may also enjoy these shorts by the same studio, Blur:

This Week In Miscellanea: “Hope”

1. The lack thereof, for some. (updated)

2. Present, for the future.                 

3. In visual form, for your viewing pleasure.

Update: now with the participation of Tim Burton.

Hey, George Lucas needs to eat, too.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the computer-generated latest chapter in the venerable space opera that chronicles the efforts of the Jedi Knights to prevent a powerful criminal empire from siding with the Separatists during the eponymous period in Star Wars history. Apparently dissatisfied with the treatment that the Clone Wars received in Genndy Tartakovsky’s critically acclaimed animated television series of the same name, Lucas has decided to give a different view of the conflict. Whereas the TV show focused on a series of events over the course of the conflict, the film is centered on a single adventure.

The film is apparently intended to be an introduction to a new TV series of the same name and follows Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalk (voiced by Matt Lanter) and his Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) as they struggle to foil the nefarious Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). In an effort to weaken the Republic, Dooku has arranged for the Jedi Order to be framed for the kidnapping of Jabba the Hutt’s son, knowing that the wrathful gangster will be able to hamper the war effort of whomever he chooses to oppose. Skywalker is aided in his quest by Asoka Tano (Ashley Drane), a spunky young Padawan.

The Clone Wars is a valiant effort that falls flat in a few places. Asoka spends the entire film awkwardly calling Anakin “Sky Guy” – is this supposed to underline her edgy disregard for authority, or is the apparently pre-pubescent padawan hitting on her teacher? It’s hard to say. The situation is confounded by the fact that this is the first and last time we ever see or hear of Asoka, presumably because she is among the legion of Jedi dispatched off-screen during Revenge of the Sith. This makes it hard to get attached to her, though her dialogue would make that difficult even if she did have a future. The inclusion of Jabba’s uncle Ziro is admirable (if only because we get to see a Hutt other than Jabba), but the decision to make him the Truman Capote of Star Wars is puzzling. Presumably the funny voice is intended to make kids laugh, but once Ziro’s true motives are revealed it’s just creepy in an old-guy-next-door-who-always-watches-your-kids-from-his-front-window kind of way. There are a couple of lightsaber duels (this is Star Wars after all) that are fun to watch, but the action is somewhat less visceral when there are no real people involved.

On the upside, the film does provide the staples of the series: dazzling space battles, exotic planetscapes and weird aliens. It’s also good for a few laughs, usually at the expense of hapless battle droids.

While The Clone Wars is not a complete train wreck, it does suffer from a certain crisis of identity. Is it a film for children or for adults? The movie doesn’t seem to know. The battle scenes with clones dying in their dozens are a bit too intense for kids – to say nothing of the fact that the entire film is predicated on the villains’ plan to kill a baby. On the other hand, the film is simply too silly for adults. The end result is a film that will probably leave audiences of all ages wanting.

 

 

 

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