As I am to soon venture out to my fifth viewing of ?Attack of the Clones?, I feel no regret as to emptying out my wallet into George Lucas? bank account. After ?The Phantom Menace?, many fans of this long-loved series lost faith in its creator. However on May 16th, it returned with a vengeance. The story picks up 10 years after the Trade Federation invasion. Queen Amidala is now a Senator and Anakin Skywalker has grown up from the ?yippee!? proclaiming little boy into 21-year-old Canadian actor Hayden Christensen (?Life As A House?). The Republic is now under the threat of the Separatists, a political group under the lead of Count Dooku, an ex-Jedi played magnificently by Christopher Lee. As the film takes little time to suggest, there have been many attempts on the Senator?s life, as she is the leader of opposition of the ?Military Creation Act?, which would, as it implies, create an army ?to counter the increasing threats of the Separatists?. This is where Anakin and Obi-Wan, once again played by Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, come in. As the plot unfolds, Obi-Wan is ordered to track down the Senator?s assassin while Anakin travels with her to Naboo, where they are to start an agonizing love for one another. This love story is often called sappy by fans of the series simply because it wasn?t exactly the Han-Leia- ?there aren?t enough scoundrels in your life? relationship. There is a meadow picnic, a Force-employed dinner, and a metaphor about sand. It takes some warming-up to, but is well worth it. Soon we see the nice pace that old Mr. I-always-wear-flannel wanted us to encounter. The acting in Star Wars is never expected to be top-notch. Oddly enough, the actor playing Obi-Wan tends to be the best one out there. However, with the combined forces of Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, and Pernilla August, not to mention CG Yoda, really pulled it off this time. The only thing that held them back were the lines. Basically anything that seemed like bad acting was most likely at the fault of old Georgey. The lines were not the best thing since sliced bread. For one, there are too many of them. It is the subtle movements: smiles, glances which will be remembered. Mace Windu?s footsteps, for example, quietly creeping towards Count Dooku, the tension in the room when Obi-Wan is lecturing Anakin, the fight between Yoda and Dooku. But not even the fight itself (even though it was spectacular); the little things: when Yoda appears in a shadow, when he gets in a kung-fu stance, when he reaches for his lightsaber. These are the things that we adore. However, hearing Obi-Wan say "my young padawan" over and over again is just a tad redundant. And, not meaning to offend anyone in the dairy business, but the lines were cheesy. Sometimes they felt just too stiff, even for a politician. Along with the return of many of our favorite characters, our favorite composer has decided to come back too. Isn?t that special? John Williams, who has averaged one Oscar nomination since 1968 is back once again with the music that augments ?Attack of the Clones?. Nothing really special here, however. The only piece that stands out, other than the ?Star Wars theme? and ?Imperial March?, along with other past Star Wars music, is the ?Love Theme?. And while it is beautiful, I think that ?Wars? fans were expecting a little bit more from the 70-year-old composer. But it?s Star Wars, people! This CG-heavy film is not to be taken seriously! It is entertainment in its purest form. And while there is still Jar Jar Binks, Lucas has managed to improve upon many of the mistakes of its predecessor. From the better plot to the more satisfying action, Lucas leaves fans wondering one thing? ?Why couldn?t this be the first one??