DVDs Unwrapped - Star Wars: The Clone Wars

I'll be honest here. I love Star Wars. I missed Clone Wars in the theaters, but loved the original short Clone Wars installments that aired on Cartoon Network. And even though I'd read the less-than-favorable reviews of this film, I kinda have a soft spot for the too-cute characters that Lucas is famed for (Ewoks!) and the annoying ones with weird accents (Jar-Jar -- he's grown on me, what can I say?). So I was optimistic about watching the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

Maybe my expectations were too high. I mostly found this kinda dull, with stilted dialogue interspersed between elaborately animated fight scenes. Though good on them for making Anakin slightly less wooden than he was in the films. And the characters I thought I'd enjoy -- Rotta the baby Hutt, Ziro the "Truman Capote" Hutt -- drove me bananas. Especially Ziro. I'm just not sure what they were thinking. Plus, there's a girl Jedi, which I was beyond excited about. But while Padawan Ahsoka Tano has the skills, there are moments where she was a little too bratty. And it probably needlessly annoyed me that for most of the film she's saddled with taking care of the baby Hutt. Finally we get to see a lot of a female Jedi and she's stuck in the mom role? Sure, she's a caregiver who kicks ass, but she gets too mushy when the baby Hutt is sick and it kind of made me angry. The only truly awesome female in the film is the villain Asajj Ventress. What is up with that?

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