My favorite of smudger9s edits. A totally streamlined, exciting film that makes good use of the fanedit phenomenon. The plot isnt as episodic as some of the others in this series, but the real achievement here is the further, more intriguing development of Anakin as a worthwhile center weight. With the photorealism that f/x are taking on nowadays, how bout just replacing Hayden in the prequels with our Clone Wars Anakin? I think i could utterly enjoy the prequels without irony if such a move, however weird, was made.
I groan every time the battle droids speak (ummmm....sir...., etc. etc), but thats a fix for the really uber-detailed, masochistic editor. In terms of story, and commitment to character, i highly and absolutely recommend this one. Whether it was intentional or limited by the editing choices given, that final scene, with Anakin, R2D2, and Ahsoka, is incredibly moving. Note no Padme for the final moment (and she could have been there). There is a simple, austere sense of accomplishment and relationship here among the heroes that really matter to this chapter. And I found myself, again, moved by the power of realizing THIS Anakin is fated to the Dark Side. It's an Anakin worthy of the title of "hero". Can you imagine his final battle with Obi-Wan played out in animated Clone Wars movie? Chills thinking about it, THIS Anaking getting his legs cut off and left for dead, THIS Anakin getting the helmet put on, etc.
A superb edit, that uses the freedom of not having the obligation to include moments that just don't fit to create a thrilling adventure film.
Grievous becomes properly menacing and the plots of the sith grow darker and more intriguing. Totally recommended.
I think this EP II is somewhat less than EP I. In terms of narrative i think it is not very cohesive, we jump from one story to another and back too quickly and a bit confusing. Audio editing is good but could be better, sometimes lines would feel a little out of place. Although i'm pointing out this things i won't give you anything less than a 10 because you, and other fans, who can make these excellent edits with such passion don't deserve otherwise. Face it as a good "critic" and i'm looking forward to see the EP III.
PS: Hope you continue to silly droids and other character moments as much as you can, and if possible to make the droids more voice menacing and soulless or silent for the most part. I for play the mod empire at war for forces of corruption and I've used as much as i could of star wars battlegrounds droids voices as much as i could. =)
Really, really great work ! Fantastic :) It looks like real new Star Wars film :) I can't wait to see Maul and framed Ahsoka story-arcs. I also like the idea of making 9 movies, because it's in "Star Wars" style :) (Legacy of the Force and Fate of Jedi book series). There's only one word which could describe this fanedit - "awesome" ;)
This was excellent!
I'm already a fan of the series, but the kid-friendliness at times kills certain episodes. Episode II, much like Episode I, not only eliminates the kid stuff but molds the narrative into a wholly engaging and enjoyable movie. I've seen the series (multiple times) and there were still some good surprises throughout this edit. My only complaint is that it ends (heh), but it ends when it must and keeps me looking forward to Episode III. The ending was very well done by the way, a nice bit of nostalgia. The video quality was excellent and the edits were fairly seamless, the sound was big and booming and very cinematic. Nothing bad to say, extremely enjoyed this! I will be watching this again and again!