Here is part 2 of my Phantom Menace Vs. Attack of the Clones Film Versus. Click Here for part 2 of the Versus.
The Phantom Menace: Other than the two action scenes listed above, the Phantom Menace included a very cool opening scene of the Jedi fighting the basically helpless droids in the Trade Federation capital ship. Later, the fight to take back the Naboo's throne room was fun, however the Gungan battle was not that great. It really could have been a well made action scene, but Jar Jar had to ruin it with unnecessary humor.
Attack of the Clones: Jango Fett's and Obi-Wan's fight on Kamino was cool and really the first time that a Jedi vs. Bounty Hunter battle was shown. Both the execution fight and the Jedi battle in the Geonosis Arena were awesome. Never before has this many Jedi have been in the same fight and then the arrival of the Clones was great.
Verdict: Attack of the Clones: Attack of the Clones take an easy victory in this round. The action is just all around superior and more impressive.
Remember the winner of these following categories means that it was less negative to the film than the other one it is compared to.
Jar Jar Binks Vs Bad Romance
Jar Jar Binks: While I dislike his character less that most, he is probably the worst thing to happen to the Star Wars universe since the Holiday Special, actually he is probably worse since people remember him. I would really like to know what George Lucas was thinking when he created Jar Jar. Basically he is the most unnecessary and pointless character in the Star Wars universe, never will understand why he was in it. Upon this recent viewing of the Phantom Menace he annoyed me ever more.
Bad Romance: With Anakin's infamous description of sand and the many other poorly written lines of dialogue, it easily the worst aspect of Attack of the Clones. Although I found it slightly more tolerable than I expected upon this recent viewing, it was still poorly written and delivered.
Verdict: Bad Romance: Jar Jar is present almost throughout the film, while the romance only ruins about 15 minutes of the film. As much I hate to say it, the romance parts were not quite as bad as Jar. (this is coming from a guy who hates an over enphasis on romance in any movie)
Jake Lloyd Vs Hayden Christensen
Jake Lloyd: While some of his performance could be attributed to his young age, Lloyd should have never been casted in the role to start with. He was annoying at some points and they probably should have casted an older actor for the role.
Hayden Christensen: Christensen was also miscast as Anakin he whined a lot and was kind of the creep with stalker like qualities. Although he did play a legitimately awkward teenager relativity well.
Verdict: Tie: While Lloyd was definitely worse, however he had less screen time than Hayden, therefore it was a tie.
Verdict: Attack of the Clones: If you asked me this question a few week ago I definitely would have said the Phantom Menace, however after this recent viewing I have concluded that Attack of the Clones was more enjoyable and the Phantom Menace is my least favorite of the six Star Wars films. The action, acting, and concept, were all better in Attack of the Clones compared to the Phantom Menace. Which is your favorite of these two movies? Please vote below. Because these two are so close in ranking for me, there is no "right" answer and I cannot disagree if you like the Phantom Menace more. While these two are my least favorite of the Star Wars Saga, as a Star Wars fan I still enjoy both very much despite their flaws.
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