Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Cast
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor
Senator Padmé Amidala Natalie Portman
Anakin Skywalker Hayden Christensen
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine/ Ian McDiarmid
Darth Sidious
Mace Windu Samuel L. Jackson
Shmi Skywalker Pernilla August
Cliegg Lars Jack Thompson
Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus Christopher Lee
C-3PO/ Lt. Dannl Faytonni Anthony Daniels
Yoda (voice) Frank Oz
Watto (voice) Andrew Secombe
Sio Bibble Oliver Ford Davies
Nute Gunray/Ki-Adi-Mundi Silas Carson
R2-D2 Kenny Baker
Jar Jar Binks Ahmed Best/Ahck Med-Beq (voice)
Senator Bail Organa Jimmy Smits
Queen Jamillia Ayesha Dharker
Owen Lars Joel Edgerton
Beru Whitesun Bonnie Piesse
Jango Fett Temuera Morrison
Boba Fett Daniel Logan

Twentieth Century Fox presents a film directed by George Lucas. Produced by Rick McCallum. Written by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales. Photographed by David Tattersall. Edited by Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Running time: 124 minutes. Classified PG (for sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence).

Central Theme
The evil forces are massing against and within the Republic and even for the wisest of Jedi there is a cloud of unknowing making it difficult to discern who has turned to the dark side and who is to be trusted.

Story
Ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have our familiar heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padmé whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic. — ‚© 2002 20th Century Fox

This episode of Star Wars is full of special effects and beautiful dramatic digital renderings, but the storyline is getting predictable and the overall feeling of the movie is formulaic. It is interesting to see the backfilling of the story and the seeds of Darth Vadar’s evolution in young Anakin, but the characters are generally lacking in passion.

One element that is revelatory is the new information we receive about the requirements and expectations of the Jedi as a covenant community, who sacrifice attachments and personal fulfillment for the common good. Their fallibility and vulnerability to the dark side begins to emerge here and this does not bode well for the future (but then we already know that because we’ve seen the middle of the story!).

Beliefs num
–There is a sinister dark side.
–This dark side seeks to control the destiny of all creatures in the galaxy.
–It appears benign and good on the surface but that is deception
–There is a band of specially called and gifted individuals whose role is to maintain order in the cosmos. They are called the Jedi.
–Both the dark side and Jedi have special powers.
–The Jedi are Masters of harnessing the ¢â‚¬Ëœforce,’ a benign power that is the ultimate ground of being in the universe.
–Even the Jedi can be turned towards evil.
–The most discerning of Jedi, Yoda, cannot discern who is leading the dark side and how they are preparing to achieve ultimate authority.
–There is one prophesied who will be the most powerful Jedi ever and it is hoped this Jedi will restore balance to the force.
–There is uncertainty about the afterlife as indicated by the words uttered at the burial of Anakin’s mother, ‘I know wherever you are it has become a better place.’

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How do the themes of Star Wars mirror the themes of your own faith tradition?
–In your faith tradition what is the dark side? Who are the Jedi?
–Does your faith tradition teach about special powers? What are they and who possesses them?
–In your tradition can a good person be turned towards evil? How is it to be avoided?
–In your tradition is the ultimate aim to restore balance to the force? If not, what is the ultimate aim?

Provocative Quotes byline
–I will not let this Republic be split in two. My negotiations will not fail.
== Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.
–If they do there are not enough Jedi to protect the Republic. We’re keepers of the peace not soldiers.
== Mace Windu
–The dark side clouds everything, the future impossible to see it is.
==Yoda
–Count Dooku was once a Jedi. He couldn’t assassinate anyone-its not in his character.
==Mace Windu.
–The boy has exceptional skills.
== Mace Windu.
–His abilities have made him arrogant.
==Obi-Wan Kenobi
–You will learn your place Anakin.
==Obi-Wan Kenobi
–She’s a politician and they are not to me trusted.
== Obi Wan to Anakin
–You’re beautiful-for a Senator anyway.
== Anakin Skywalker.
–Be mindful of your thoughts Anakin. You’ve made a commitment to the Jedi order, a commitment not easily broken.
==Obi-Wan Kenobi
–Why do I get the feeling you will be the death of me?
== Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin
–You don’t want to sell me death sticks. You want to go home and rethink your life.
== Obi-Wan Kenobi to boy in bar
–Anakin. Don’t do anything without first consulting either myself or the Council.
==Obi-Wan Kenobi
–It must be difficult having sworn your love to the Jedi order. Not being able to do the things you want to do.
== Senator Padmé Amidala
— Attachment is forbidden. Compassion is essential for Jedi and compassion is the highest form of love.
== Anakin Skywalker
–In some ways, in many ways I’m ahead of him. It’s not fair.
==Anakin Skywalker to Senator Padmé Amidala
–You Jedis should have more respect for the difference between knowledge and wisdom..
==Non-Jedi advisor to Obi Wan
–If an item does not appear in our records it does not exist.
==keeper of the archives
–Gather and clear your mind. A lost planet we will find.
==Yoda
–Wonderful the mind of a Child is.
==Yoda
–Only a Jedi could have concealed it. But who and why? Meditate on this I will.
==Yoda
–Blind we are if a cloned army see we cannot.
==Yoda
–The dark side clouds everything. In grave danger you are. Dangerous and disturbing this puzzle is
==Yoda
–We must keep our faith in the Republic. The day we stop believing is the day we lose it.
== Senator Padmé Amidala
–My mother is in pain. I know I’m disobeying my mandate to protect you. But I must go.
==Anakin
–The maker and master. I knew you would return.
== C-3PO/ to Anakin Skywalker
–Pain and suffering both I feel. Young Skywalker is in pain, terrible pain.
==Yoda
–Why did she have to die? I could have saved her. I should have saved her. It’s all Obi Wan’s fault. He’s holding me back. I should be all powerful. Someday I will be the most powerful Jedi ever.
== Anakin Skywalker
–I killed them. Not just the men; the women and the children. They are like animals so I slaughtered them like animals. I hate them.
== Anakin Skywalker
— I wasn’t able enough to save my mother, but I promise I won’t fail again.
== Anakin Skywalker
–I know wherever you are it has become a better place.
== Owen Lars when burying Anakin’s mother.
–This is a crisis. The Senate must vote the Chancellor emergency powers.
==Chancellor’s assistant.
–It is with great reluctance I accept this authority. I love democracy.
== Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
–As my first act I will create a grand army of the republic to counter the increasing power of the separatists.
== Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
–I’m not afraid to die. I love you truly and deeply. Before we die I want you to know this.
== Senator Padmé Amidala
–Do you call this a diplomatic solution?
== Anakin Skywalker
–No. I call it aggressive negotiation.
== Senator Padmé Amidala
–You must join me Obe Wan. Together we will control the Senate.
==Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
–You let me guide you Anakin. I see you becoming the most powerful of all Jedi.
== Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
–Join the dark side Dooku has. Lying. Deceiving. Sowing discord. To the dark side he has fallen. Begin the clone war has.
==Yoda

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