The lights are on
Do you like Star Wars? are you a megafan who feels strongly about a particular movie or character? or are you just into the starfighters and lightsabers?. Whatever category you fall into, you'll find something here.
Hey, all! This is Azure Moon, and I am going to write more reviews for you guys! This time, I'm going to start from the VERY BEGINNING. I'm going to start with the Clone Wars Movie and then I will go in order from there so that I don't confuse everyone. I hope you enjoy!
As with my previous reviews, these are MY OPINIONS and you can feel free to agree or disagree with me. You might also run into some spoilers if you haven't seen some of these episodes, SO BE WARNED.
Alright! I hope you guys will tune in! Within a week or two I'm going to start us off with The Clone Wars Movie!
I can't wait! This will give me something to look forward to until Episode VII:)
WARNING! This review may contain spoilers!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie
Main Character Focus: Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Rex, Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, and Padme Amidala
Overview: Movie. The Galaxy is at war! This current strife and turmoil is called "The Clone War" and as the Grand Army of the Republic's clone troopers and the Confederacy of Independent Systems' battle droids battle for supremacy, a heinous crime is committed! Jabba the Hutt's son, Rotta, has been kidnapped, and whoever finds him will gain access to key routes in the Outer Rim. Now, both the Jedi and the Sith are in a race to gain Jabba the Hutt's favor and those key routes!
Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars was the movie that started one of the best series of all time (at least in my opinion). This show had it all: Great characters, amazing battles, many different exotic locales, incredible music, an intricate storyline and plot, and unique graphics. There was little that was wrong with this movie, however it was not perfect.
I'll start us off with the pros. This show was mainly an intro to the series that would soon air on Cartoon Network, and it did not disappoint. I admit, I didn't get into this show until the second season, but when I saw this, I regretted not seeing it in theaters. This explained A LOT about what happened in the show. I think the most important part of the entire show was not only the fact that it laid the groundwork for the times that these events occurred, as shown by the Battle of Christophsis at the beginning of the movie, but also the groundwork for the characters of the series. Not only were they bringing very familiar heroes and villains, such as Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Dooku, and Ventress into the story, but they were also bringing in new characters such as Captain Rex (the gruff, awesome Clone Captain) and the much anticipated "Ani's new Padawan", Ahsoka Tano (the young Togrutan spitfire) into the mix. That, to me, was the most important aspect of the show. Ahsoka's introduction was THE big thing with this movie and I believe it was handled fairly well.
It was a bit of a rocky start, but there is definitely some promise of a great partnership here!
As far as the other good aspects of the show go, there were many other things that made it great. For one, you are hardly ever bored with this movie. There are battles all over, ranging from full-scale land battles, to starship dogfights, to incredible lightsaber duals (namely the ones between Obi-Wan and Ventress on Teth and the battle between Dooku and Anakin on Tatooine). Speaking of Teth and Tatooine, those are two of a few different places that the story takes place in. This story also takes place on Christophsis, Coruscant, and various orbits in space. The soundtrack was AMAZING. Not only did it have the iconic John Williams-like music from the movies, but it also had very unique pieces with exotic instruments to give it that little extra something to set it apart (I REALLY want this soundtrack!). I also enjoyed the intricate storylines and plotlines. Even though this series is named after a galactic civil war, it doesn't JUST focus on that ALL THE TIME. I appreciated the fact that it had the typical war-type of plotlines, but I also appreciated the fact that it had the whole "kidnapping" plot and the insight into the complex world of politics. It also threw in a bit of familial politics and intrigue with the Desilijic Hutt Clan, which gave the show a little more flavor. Last but not least, another thing that this show had going for it was the fact that it had very....unique graphics. It's definitely not like other shows, and whether that's a good or bad thing has been a subject of debate.
Now into the cons. There were relatively few cons when it came to this show, but I think the biggest is the fact that after I saw it, I really had a hard time believing that this came out in THEATERS. It's a good show, but I feel that it was a more of a "series intro" rather than a full-blown movie. It also had a bit of a "diamond in the rough" feel to it. To me, the movie was more of a showing of the series' potential for greatness, rather than a showing of it, if that makes sense. It's hard to explain, other than "diamond in the rough". Another thing that was odd was getting used to the unique animation. It was definitely not like anything I had ever seen and I think that's what turned me off initially to the show. It just looked...weird. The characters, especially! I admit, the aliens look AWESOME, but the human characters look really...angular, and sharp-featured. For me, it took a long time to get over the strange CG animation. Other than those things, there were just little miscellaneous things that I thought were odd or not so great, like the dialogue was sometimes a little cheesy, or there were parts of the story that seemed kind of added in in a strange place, or my main one was that IMMEDIATELY after Christophsis, Anakin and Ahsoka seemed REALLY chummy. There were just little things like that that sometimes got to me.
In general, this show is great. It has its flaws and it did seem to be more of a "glorified episode" rather than a full-length theatrical release, but it was a fantastic way to pave the road to a magnificent series that we have all come to know and love :) .
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.
Sorry for the late reply, Azure, but this is great stuff!
I particularly enjoyed the depth of your review, and the bit about the facial features. (I had the same reaction:)
How was it writing a review for a movie that's almost five years old? Was it harder or easier?
Thanks! It was a bit of both actually. It was easier in the sense that because I've written some reviews before, I have a bit of a system going. It was harder in the sense that, yes, it is older and for the fact that it was a movie instead of an episode. It's also harder because this movie and the whole first season were some that I had seen well after they were first aired. I won't get into "new" episodes until the second season.
So, to answer your question, yes and no.
BTW, Warrior just joined the group and he's commented on two forums but nobody can see them. I got an email with his comments and the forums were updated to say that he commented, but they aren't actually IN the forums. Queso was seeing the same thing, too. If I remember correctly Warrior commented on this thread and the Intro thread.
Warrior, it still looks like we can't see your comments. I got the email, but it's not HERE.
@Azure I thought as much. I think you did a good job of weighing the movie on it's own merits rather than let the future success and failures of the series influence the score.
I can't wait for the next one:) (Ambush, I presume?)
Azure is a freaking amazing writer. She should become a video game writer like me AND become a author. Her professionalism, level of maturity, and personality keeps her writing material very entertaining. I'm looking more forward to her stuff, too! ^.^
Thanks you guys. I'm going to go right now and watch the next episode. I'll put the review up in a little while (and I really hope you can see this post! It seems to be going around...)
Episode: Season 1, Episode 1, "Ambush"
Moral: "Great leaders inspire greatness in others."
Main Character Focus: Yoda, Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku
Overview: Stand-alone. As the Clone Wars rage, each side rushes to gain alliances with neutral systems! One such system, inhabited by the Toydarians, wishes to negotiate an alliance with the Galactic Republic. King Katuunko, leader of the Toydarians, and Master Yoda, Grand Master of the Jedi Order, are to meet on the neutral moon of Rugosa, but little do they know, another party is interested in striking an alliance with the Toydarians!
Review: This was a...perfect episode. Yes, you heard me right, a perfect episode. As I was watching it, I soon found that I had no doubt in my mind that this was perfect. The main reasons were because it starred Yoda, you get to see the clones in a way that you had never really seen before, the locale was beautifully alien, there was a perfect balance of humor and action, it was a great story, and best of all, there were NO CONS.
First off, I want you to raise your hand if you DON'T like Yoda..........yeah, that's what I thought. It was a great move on their part to make Yoda the main focus of the official first episode of the series, because NO ONE dislikes Yoda. He's kinda like R2-D2, there is no Star Wars fan that HATES R2-D2 and Yoda. With that being said, did the writers make Yoda carry the episode? The answer is no. There were 3 clones that were with him the entire time, not to mention the fact that Count Dooku and Ventress were there opposite him and the clones, so even though Yoda was the FOCUS of the episode, he didn't CARRY the episode. They also did a great job in portraying Yoda. I felt that he was very well balanced in this episode. You got to see the hardcore warrior from the Prequel Trilogy, the wise teacher from the Original Trilogy, you got to see him perform amazing force powers, and you even got to see a little bit of his mischievous side ;) . This episode definitely showed us the reason why he is the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. The best part of all though, was that they portrayed him for what he really is: a mentor. When he and the clones took refuge in the cave, the clones were having some confidence issues about their current situation and Yoda gave each of them counsel. That, to me, was magic. Out of the entire episode, that was the greatest part that Yoda played. THIS was the Yoda that we all know and love, and I immensely respect the writers for that.
"Rys, always focused on the enemy are you. For inspiration, look to yourself and those beside you. Jjeck, concerned about weapons you are. Weapons do not win battles. Your mind, powerful it is. Outthink the droids you can. Thire, rush not into fights. Long is the war. Only by surviving it will you prevail. Yes. Clones you may be, but the Force resides in all life forms. Use it you can to quiet your mind."
Now, to the clones. One thing that always bothered me about the movies and the animated series before this one was the fact that the clones seemed to have no personality. They were just...there. I think the writers finally figured out that it was called the CLONE War. The clones in this series, as shown in this episode, were not mindless cannon fodder. I loved that the clone troopers finally seemed to be RELATABLE. I admit, though, you really don't get to see it until "Rookies". The backdrop to this story was absolutely STUNNING. Rugosa is a beautiful coral moon that once had vast oceans, but has now dried up. It was a great setting for the first episode. As far as balancing out action and humor, it was masterfully done. This episode had great action sequences ranging from a space battle, to Yoda doing what he does best (which is BEING AWESOME), to the clones and droids shooting it out. The humor was great to break or enhance the great action sequences. The remarks the clones make and the dumbness of the battle droids was flipping hilarious! Overall, they were both done in a way that balanced each other out. There wasn't too much action and there wasn't too much humor. It was just right. I also thought the story itself was very strong. I think that it was great for a single episode. That's what I liked about the first season. They didn't shy away from short, simple story arcs. And some, like this one, were fantastic. This episode was living proof that you didn't have to go 4 episodes in order to have a great story.
Last, but not least, the cons.............yeah, like I said before, I got nuthin'. There is absolutely NOTHING that I would change about this episode.
Overall this was a great, no, perfect episode. If there is any episode in the series that I would suggest someone watch, this would be one of the few that I would suggest.
Rating: 10 out of 10.
WHOAAAAA! Man, I luv your writing style. Another great job, Azure!
Thank you! I'm just ecstatic that you can see it! With you having problems and now Luis with posting stuff, I was really afraid it was "going around". I was really afraid that this review would be hidden for some strange reason. If that happened, I would probably have cried for 10 days straight :,( . It may not look it, but I put A LOT of work and time into these things.