The Case For Attack of The Clones’ Greatness

Grant Douglas Bromley

Grant Douglas Bromley is an independent filmmaker and essayist on the cinema who earned his MA in Film Studies from Columbia University.

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  1. Andrew Kendall says:

    Wow, great article! I’m going to have to chew on this one a bit (and re-watch AtoC) but I’m interested in what you’re preaching. I have always thought of the prequels as the actual events instead of a retelling. Never even considered it might be otherwise. Like I said, I’ll have to think on that more.

    In a way, I’m certainly open to the idea. To use your analogy, I personally think of the Stover’s novelization of Revenge of the Sith as the Greek text, while Lucas’ film is the Roman visualization of it. Obliviously the two are very similar – and the book is based on the film, not the other way around – but there are some stark differences too. One such example: In the book, two key fights (Obi-Wan vs. Grevious and Mace Windu vs. Palpatine) are more drawn out with the action continually moving at a “blur of speed” faster than the eye could follow. Lucas however (particularly with Windu and Palpatine’s fight), wanted closeups of Jackson and McDiarmid, and did away with the stunt doubles and the choreography they had come up with. The book however doesn’t need that sort of visual framing so it can ramp up the speed to the levels these Masters of the Force can function at. This is starting to sound like a “the book is better” argument, lol…

    Anyway, you’ve certainly given me some things to think about. I was very excited to see the notification in my inbox about this article. Again, great job Grant!

    • I also read the novelization of Revenge of The Sith and was struck by similar differences from what was on the page of the adaptation and on screen – what can be said to be more true when we know that Lucas had no limitations on how he could represent any given scene (which ultimately means that there’s an infinite amount of ways for a filmmaker like him to cinematically realize any imaginable scenario).

      Thanks for reading this, and definitely continue thinking on this. I like to imagine this is more than just a “fan theory” or something, but instead a very plausible way to think about the prequel trilogy (particularly II and III). George Lucas’ interview on Charlie Rose from a few years ago seems to support some of my thoughts as to what he was aiming for, in that he was seeking to “experiment” (to use his phrase).