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.
Like it's predecessor, this is technically flawless. My main two thoughts are that the love affair between Anakin and Amidala feels so much more natural now. It used to be cartoonish and now it's smooth. The other thing is a kind of missed Yoda jumping around like some crazy... something. All the small fixes work well. My only problem is the original has so much cheesy dialogue and weak story that I was kind of bored. I had been hoping for a more dramatic editing, I guess, and it's pretty much the same old same old -better, but still not worth additional watches for my part.
After watching this I must say I'm a huge fan of your work. The main thing that bothered me in the original version was the relationship between Anakin and Padmé. Thanks to your edit it actually works and isn't cringy at all. I appreciate you used some cutscenes, the story works much better with them. But unfortunatelly the quality of those scenes isn't great and it distracts me a little (more than in the episode I). I also like you cut out Anakin's meltdown. It's just better when it's his dark secret.
The only part where the story felt illogical was the arrival of Anakin and Padmé to Geonosis. It looked like Dooku was expecting them which doesn't really make sense. I think some shots from the droid factory could be used to fill the hole (not the whole thing, just the capture). I personally like what OnlyYodaForgives did with this scene in his Neon Noir edit. But overall this edit is great. Good job!
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.
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.