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Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi, center, and Anakin Skywalker, right, are joined by a clone trooper as they prepare for battle in a still from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," courtesy Lucasfilm Animation
I had a chance to catch an early screening for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." Here's some early thoughts on the latest space epic. You'll be able to see my full review on August 15th.
There were a lot of things I liked about Clone Wars, but there were also things that really bothered me.
I thought opening the film like a newsreel was really clever, and I think the action was well done, especially big battle with the energy shield. I think Kenobi continued to be a great character. And I hesitate to admit this, but I did find the baby Hutt to be kind of adorable to look at, and I think it would make a great plush toy.
I was iffy on the the animation from the trailer, but it won me over in the film. The painted look provided great atmosphere for the story and I like that it seemed to integrate some of the designs from the Cartoon Network short animated series.
However, the new Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, was grating to me. I found her to be annoying on the level with Jar Jar Binks. I wrote down during the movie that if I had to deal with her, I too would turn to the dark side.
Also, and this was carried over from Episodes 1-3, the robots bother me. I dont remember the exact scene, but there is one robot who cant do simple math. A calculator can do simple math. I know its science fiction and all, but those kind of things really take me out of the movie. Plus most of the jokes fall flat and are childish.
All that said, I think the movie is certainly worth watching, and Tano is just another gimmicky character that "Star Wars" fans, like myself, are forced to endure in order to get their science fiction fix from this franchise. I just wish she had a diminished role or was just not there at all.
You can also check out my interview with Karen Traviss, who wrote the novel adaptation of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" here.