Friday, August 15, 2008

Send in the Clones...

Well, it looks like the CGI animated Clone Wars movie is getting pasted in the press. It's at 23% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. And it doesn't look good for reviews from the rest of the folks who are actually honoring the Warner Bros. embargo on reviews.

This reporter saw Clone Wars, and actually didn't think it was as horrible as some of the early reviews suggest. It is no Empire Strikes Back, it is no Revenge of the Sith. And it is CERTAINLY not as enjoyable as Genndy Tartakovsky's original Clone Wars shorts that made me a Star Wars fangirl again.

Ahsoka Tano is annoying. She's basically Kim Possible with a lightsabre: a wish fulfillment "Mary Sue" character geared at getting little girls more interested in the franchise. The animation is ugly, and reminiscent of cutscenes in a Star Wars video game. But Dave Filoni, late of Avatar: The Last Airbender and his crew do a yeoman job telling a tale of Sith duplicity and Hutt revenge. I even got a few lulz from Jabba's very, very FABULOUS uncle Zero...they should have gone all the way to "no closet can hold me" mode and gotten Richard Simmons to do the voice.

Basically look at Clone Wars this's a popcorn movie. It will prolly be best savored at home where the worst parts of it can be shamelessly MST-ed. However, if you are looking for a way to kill an hour and a half under quality air conditioning and check your higher cerebral faculties at the door, I can think of worse ways of doing it.

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