Review: Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (dir. George Lucas, 2002)

starwars-episodeiiThe main characters are a little older and wiser than they were before, the action scenes are bigger and splashier than ever, and we see mercifully little of Jar Jar Binks, so it goes without saying that Attack of the Clones, the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, is better than its convoluted, infantile predecessor, The Phantom Menace. But not by much.

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Fantasies and fairy tales speak to our spiritual needs

MAGIC is everywhere you look these days. From bookstores to movie theatres, stories about wizards, witches and mythological beasts are all the rage; and for a person like me, who grew up with hobbits, aliens, flying horses and Jedi Knights, the current fantasy craze — and the various Christian responses to it — bring back a lot of memories.

How popular is fantasy right now? The most successful movie of the year (so far) is Shrek, a cheeky parody of the fairy tale genre that turns conventional wisdom about ogres, dragons and beautiful princesses on its head. That film’s box office performance could be surpassed in a few weeks by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first film based on J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular novels about a young orphan and his classmates at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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