After the Republic’s victory on Christophsis, Anakin and his new apprentice Ahsoka Tano must rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt. Political intrigue complicates their mission.

Director: Dave Filoni
Writers: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy
Staring: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor
Streaming: Disney+
Release Date: August 15, 2008

There isn’t much to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This is a kids movie, plain and simple.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a prequel to the Clone Wars TV show that was on the air for 12 years for seven seasons and 133 episodes. The show, under the helm of Dave Filoni, evolved over time into an amazing piece of Star Wars canon. This movie however, is a reminder of where the show began and how far it has come.

Within this adventure we are introduced to the maturing Anakin Skywalker (Henry Gilroy) and the soon to be new fan favorite, Asoka (Ashley Eckstein). Anakin is notified that he is to tutor Asoka on the ways of the Jedi, al while balancing the literal war happening around him. Let’s also mention how The Chosen One has to hide his relationship with Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber) and evolve the relationship between he and his master Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor).

The journey that Skywalker and Asoka find themselves in is one of deception laid by the Sith. The young Jedi find themselves intertwined with the notorious Hutt clan and the likes of Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman). They must use their skills and wit to ensure the republic still has a shot to win the war against the empire.

The problem with Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie is that it is glued in the idea that Star Wars is just for kids. This story that Dave FIloni first told is the start of something special, and it’s proof that things get over time. This story is hampered by super cheesy dialogue and the horrendously annoying and dreadful voice and character of Ziro The Hutt (Corey Burton). Good god the whiner is freaking terrible. It may be the worst Star Wars character ever. That is not a hyperbole.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ reputation is hurt by what comes after it. It is downgraded because we know how good this could have been. While as a Star Wars movie itself. it can be entertaining to fans, the story has so much more to offer. This may be unfair, I acknowledge that, but even with lowered expectations, Star Wars: The Clone Wars waves the white flag.

STANKO RATING: C- (2.0/5 Stars)


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