Having now seen two hot summer movies, as a matinee on opening day, I must say that I greatly prefer the audience of a midnight opening. I went to see The Dark Knight on opening day, with some pals from work. Then, today I took my oldest two boys, The Padawan and The Wookiee, to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I love my kids, I don’t much care for everyone elses’. Spilling candy. Whiny cry-babies. Loud talking. I have to go potty, oh, that one was mine. Anyway, I simply prefer not having to be annoyed by poorly behaved kids. And most kids these days are poorly behaved.
Back to the movie. It was fun. There’s not a whole lot more added to the Star Wars universe, with this film. We already knew that Anakin is a maverick. We could have predicted how he would behave with a Padawan. Of course, I won’t give away any details. The point is that we knew Count Duku is a horrible, evil man. We knew that he’d dispatch his agents to do bad things, and trap the Jedi. We knew of Asajj Ventress, and her need for approval from her master, and her willingness to harm others in the process.
With all that said, I was genuinely entertained. I love to see Jedi doing what they do. The Jedi Generals leading the clones into battle against the droids is always eventful, until the Jedi save the day. I think that the most exciting addition is of course Anakin’s padwan learner, Ahsoka Tano. Her similarity to Anakin is great. It’s so good for him to see the recklessness and disobedience. Plus, she kicks butt! I also really like her alternative method for carrying, displaying, and using her lightsaber. Her combat style, Shien, is what makes her a bit unorthodox. In the yet released, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game, we will be introduced to Galen Marek, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice. Marek is also a practitioner of Shien.
We see just a peek of General Grievous, Mace Windu, and Commander Cody. Not enough, in my opinion. However, we do get to meet a clone friend of Anakin’s, Captain Rex. Rex seems to carry a similar friendship with Skywalker as Cody does with Obi-wan.
Over all, this was a fun time with my boys. We enjoyed the entire film and neither of them got scared. We had a short trip to the potty, missing an important battle, but that’s what being a parent is about.
Go see this film if you’re a Star Wars fan, or simply want a bit of fun animated entertainment.