Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Uh-oh, not another Phantom Menace … (please no Jar Jar, please no Jar Jar!) Nope. Clone Wars delivers 98 minutes of pleasant entertainment. No moment is particularly breathtaking, but none is particularly grating, either. George Lucas and friends put out a quaint cartoon, blending CGI and videogame aesthetics, with a patented plot minus the other prequels’ stilted dialogue. This film slips between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The Jedi have the Force and Anakin is still a good Skywalker, but war with the Separatists is not going well for the Republic. A treaty with Jabba the Hutt could turn things around; however, the Outer Rim gangster cares less about politics than the fate of his kidnapped son, and whoever returns the huttlet gets to make an offer he can’t refuse. If you’re a Star Wars fan or a parent, you could do worse than Clone Wars. If not, you could do a lot better.