I came into Attack of the Clones expecting no more than the dry and fizzled Episode I. Even with the all the spoilers and fantastic trailers I was not convinced otherwise. Yet, I walked out of the theater bursting with glee. George Lucas has put the magic of the originals into Attack of the Clones. The movie succeeded beyond anything I had ever hoped for, Star Wars is back, and grander than ever. As soon as the camera panned up, instead of the traditional down, I knew something had to be different. 'Clones' starts off with a bang, literaly, capturing the viewers attention and setting them up for a magical, twisting and turning, delightful journey through that galaxy far far away. The acting in general was polished, and much more emotional than the flat and dull TPM. As a whole, it was excellant and emotional, capturing the characters perfectly. Ewan McGregor sizzles on screen, from his daring confidence, strict tutelage of his young apprentice, and subtle wit. Obi-Wan Kenobi comes alive on screen, drawing hoots of laughter, gasps and knowing crackles with the most memorable line of the movie, "Why do I get the feeling your going to be the death of me?". His character interacts fluidly with his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. Hayden Christensian is a decidly mixed bag. His character is well developed, coming across as the rash and arrogant padawan and at the same time the soft and sensentive boy, full of passion. The problem arises in the love interactions with Natalie Portamn's Senator Amidala. Poorly written dialogue just makes the love scenes fall flat. While the acting is actually pretty good, the weak script, and fast pacing of the scenes just barly brushes the tip of the love. Every love scene of Naboo is horribly breif, cutting back into Obi-Wan's adventure, creating a great distraction. The scenes needed to be prolonged before cutting back and forth so suddenly. But what Hayden does very well overshadows any weakness of the love scenes. The tradgedy of his mother is handled perfectly, Hayden's perforamce sent chills up my spine. Echos of Darth Vader were just screaming out of the scenes. I could almost hear the breathing, and yet, at the same time, genuinly care for this heart broken boy. His haunting and powerful performance overshadows any weaknesses. Natalie Portman suffers from the same flaws that Hayden did. The love scnenes were just too fast and devoid of good dialogue to give them substance. Her performance through-out the rest though was very well executed, but is just wasn't a stand-out role. The villians of this movie were fantastic. All of them. Christopher Lee was erie and haunting as Count Dooku. Tomae Morrision (sp) created very simply, stylish and ultra cool bounty hunter that electrified the screen. The story for 'Clones' was the most complex and engaging yet. It took the viewer for one very mystical, energetic, and dramatic ride. Only one flaw came up in it though, the numourus sub-plots and the cutting between them. George Lucas is very good at parrallel editing but the cuts between Anakin/Padme and Obi-Wan/Clones seemed so far out of place. One scene was either far to long or far to short. They never seemed to flow for me. But that's just one minor gripe about this fantasticly executed movie. The effects are simply put: DROP DEAD BEAUTIFUL! Of course, I wouldn't expect anything less from Lucas and ILM. They supplemeted the charcaters and stroy perfectly. Mixed with a truly outstanding score from John Williams, all the scenes came across with outstadning splendor. George Lucas has rediscoverd Star Wars, lifting it out of the rut that was TPM, and creating a visualy dynamic and emotional film that will someday be regarded as a "classic". Everything comes together so well in 'Clones', even the flaws can't detract from Lucas's grand vision. It is going to be a long, long, wait until 2005, the year of the last Star Wars movie... Attack of the Clones gets an A- from me.