Well, maybe Phantom Menace was just a fluke, maybe it’ll just go down as that one really bad Star Wars movie, I mean, theres no way the next movie could really be that bad. These thoughts went through every Star Wars fan’s mind when Attack of the Clones was on the horizon, and we began to get over the Phantom Menace as our excitement grew towards the release of Clones…
And then we all saw the movie, realizing that it may actually be worse than the Phantom Menace.
As Harry S. Plinkett says in his review of Attack of the Clones: ” ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’ is the worst thing ever made by a human.” While this is a stretch, and worse things have probably been made by humans, in the realm of moviemaking it doesn’t get much worse than this. With Attack of the Clones George Lucas proved to his fans that he truly doesn’t understand storytelling, directing, or Star Wars in general.
It is in the Yoda scene at the end of the movie that it becomes clear why he doesn’t get Star Wars. As we watch Yoda jump around the screen, fighting with his little green light saber we are reminded of our vision of him in the old movies. Yoda was, in Empire, a true embodiment of the force. He understood the force on such a profound level, and the fact that he was a small green monster made it even more special. He made us think that the force might mean more than just senseless light saber duels. By giving him a big fight scene, George Lucas has destroyed the legacy of Yoda.
There are many other problems with Attack of the Clones, too many to list here, but Plinkett from Red Letter Media does a wonderful job explaining exactly what all these reasons are. Namely the botched romance of Padme and Anakin as well as hundreds of plot holes.