Movie Review: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones

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About The Hopeful Romantic Movie Reviews – Every Tuesday this blog will be evaluating a Hollywood movie from the perspective of The Hopeful Romantic, assessing the characters and their actions for common pitfalls and positive qualities. This week we evaluate the pivotal relationship in the new Star Wars trilogy.

 

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is arguably the worst of the six Star Wars movies. This is precisely because of the awful love story between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. Besides the whole relationship seeming forced and filled with clichés, we can manage to learn a thing or two from their situation.

 

First, and the biggest sign that this relationship is doomed, is the fact that Jedi aren’t supposed to pursue anyone romantically. The subtext of this is that it forces Anakin to withdraw from the Jedi Order or for them to keep the relationship secret. They choose the later. Any relationship worth being in is worth making known. If the person you are dating is sneaking you up a back stairwell to get to their room, then you are not the main person they are dating.

 

In the movie context, Anakin’s main love interest is with the Jedi Order and becoming more powerful. Here is a transaction while on Naboo that should have given Padme reason to be cautious.

Anakin: I don’t think the system works…

Padme: The problem is that people don’t always agree…

Anakin: Well, then they should be made to…

Padme: Sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me.

Anakin: Well, if it works.

The guy is trying to justify the end of the Republic and you still fall in love with him!?!

 

The second sign that this relationship would be trouble is the constant whining. Apart from being completely annoying (how could you fall in love with someone like that!), Anakin’s complaints signify serious issues with his father-like figure, Obiwan. Now nobody is perfect, but even in fictional universes I couldn’t imagine a better father figure than Obiwan. These “daddy issues” and his thirst for power boil over in Episode III and he almost kills her.

By and large, this was a dead end relationship from the start, one that definitely should have been avoided at all costs. The only real question is if Palpatine had the foresight to suggest Anakin for the assignment (to protect Senator Amidala) knowing that their love affair would help turn him to the dark side.

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