Attack of the Clones will always hurt because I feel like it’s the Star Wars movie with the most untapped potential
It’s so close to being such a cool noir thriller, all the hooks are there and everything, but it just. Completely fucking falls apart. Every single Good and Positive thing it sets up, it ruins within minutes. Its only memorable moments are memorable purely because they’re unintentionally hilarious or just stupid.
Honestly Attack of the Clones came so close to being a perfect counterpoint to The Empire Strikes Back, but instead it’s just… clearly-rushed crap that was plagued with numerous cases of George Lucas either phoning it in or not even bothering to write scenes until he was on his way to the studio to direct them, and in either case not caring enough to direct anyone with even a shred of competence. Attack of the Clones is George Lucas at his laziest, and it shows. It is without even a shadow of a doubt my least favorite Star Wars movie, and probably the worst movie I’ve ever bothered to sit through.
And GOD it’s a plot that almost writes itself!! He could have put in the minimal amount of effort into writing it and it could have been the best of the prequels!! But, either he didn’t give a shit or he was completely off his gourd or something because every good thing that that movie almost did just flew out the window and I swear to god one of these days I’m going to do an excruciatingly long scene-by-scene analysis of the whole damn thing