HAL9000's tour-de-force continues with this improvement of Part II.
Editing remains outstanding. Trims continue to tighten the story without causing the feeling that you're missing something.
Does this make the Prequels a great story? Nope. Does this make a *better* story? Yes! HAL9000's Prequel trilogy is the only one you need.
It's been a couple of years since I saw this fanedit. I won't see it again anytime soon but I still remember it quite well. Here's a pros/cons list I made for myself after I saw it:
+ Good image quality
+ Better Obi Wan - Anakin dialogue
+ Yoda more serious
+ Droid Factory scene cut
+ Younglings were cut
+- Padme family scene
+- Obi Wan humor scaled down
- No Yoda lightsaber fight
- Anakin telling Padme that he killed the Tusken Raiders was cut
I did enjoy the fanedit quite a lot. I always kinda liked the Yoda VS Dooku lightsaber duel but I understand perfectly why it was cut out. Unfortunately HAL 9000 took out one of my favorite moments of the movie too, and that's the one when Anakin tells Padme about killing the Tusken Raiders. I always felt it's a very nice portration of Anakin starting to shift to the Dark Side.
Though I consider Labyrinth of Evil to be the best movie in Hal9000's prequel trilogy, I consider this to be his greatest achievement with the prequels. Attack of the Clones is by and far, my least favorite Star Wars movie. It dissapoints basically throughout the entire runtime. At least the Phantom Menace had Qui-Gon, the pod race, and Duel of the Fates. But boy oh boy did Hal improve the hell out of this film. First things first, the BEST thing about his edit is how much he improves the character of Anakin. No longer is he a whiny and unlikable protagonist. In The Approaching Storm Anakin is a honorable and compassionate person who you come to care for. The relationship between him and Obi-Wan is improved a ton. Hal accomplishes this by trimming all the bickering between the two. And the romance is soooooo much better. I can't say enough how much better it is. It used to be so cringeworthy but with the addition of some deleted scenes, the removal of entire scenes, and narrative restructuring, the romance is now believable and well executed. Everything just works so much better in this version of the film. I give this fanedit the HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.