Star Wars: Episode II - The Approaching Storm

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Just like with the Phantom Menace/Cloak of Deception, the recut of the film makes a massive difference. I'd been aware of all the deleted scenes, but seeing them play out (seamlessly, I might add) gives so much more context and depth to the film that you have to wonder why they were cut at all. They vastly improve the Anakin/Padme courtship, the role and concerns of the Jedi feel much more balanced overall, and it just gives the film a significant amount of depth. Another fantastic edit.

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I love this, Hal9000 has made the least good (in my opinion) Star Wars movie actually good. It's still not the best, but darn good.

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Don't think for a second that my less-than-perfect score means that this edit is not the ONLY version of this movie you should watch. The Approaching Storm makes it clear, in my eyes, that AOTC had the potential to be one of the best Star Wars films ever made. Bummer it turned out the way it did.
Audio/visual quality gets a 9/10 for the integration of deleted scenes. They are essential to improving the narrative but when compared to the original (which is what the review process asks of me) it's a noticeable quality dip.
Visual editing is a 10/10. Flawless, if you ask me.
Audio editing, however, loses a point and gets a 9/10 for the music cue used during Anakin and Padmé's first kiss. My wife, who is watching these edits with me and spends more time looking at her phone than the TV, said "oh, that was weird. It was obviously cut short." Normally she can't tell the difference between puppet Yoda and CGI Yoda, so for her to notice this audio edit means I have to take note of it ;) Perhaps a slower, less dramatic piece of music could fill that moment and make the transition less jarring.
The Narrative is an easy 10/10. You can finally see what Lucas was going for.
Finally, Enjoyment. It gets an 8/10 because, damn, this movie is now officially "good." Compared to the original it's a 10 but as a film, it still has its moments that prevent it from achieving greatness.

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Improves the biggest weak point of the theatrical cut: Anakin is not more likeable, but less dislikeable and his relationship with Padme feels more natural with the removal of some of their dialogue. Again, an improvement over the theatrical cut.

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This is how the movie should have been made in the first place!

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