Believe it or not, I have some good things to say about Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The music is some of the best in the entire series. The lover’s theme, Across the Stars, is both hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time.
The costumes, particularly Natalie Portman’s are phenomenal; you almost keep watching just to see what she shows up in next.
I also enjoy Ewan McGregor. Yes, he is forced to say some cheesy lines, but he delivers it with a sincerity that is reminiscent of the actors from the original trilogy. Yes, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke all have corny things to say, but they pull it off. So does Ewan.
And quite possibly the best of all, the beautiful locations for the Naboo scenes. Can you believe George Clooney gets to live here? Combine Natalie’s costumes, the haunting music, and Lake Como, and it’s almost magical.
Then Natalie Portman or Hayden Christensen open their mouths and the spell is almost completely broken. This leads me to the things I don’t like about Attack of the Clones. The dialogue. It seems like George Lucas always takes the easy way out. He goes for the obvious joke or pun (I’m looking at you C3PO), instead of finding clever ways to make the audience laugh. His love scenes also seem overly sentimental and schmaltzy, rather than sincere. At one point, Padme tells Anakin: “I think our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly… deeply… love you and before we die I want you to know.” I mean, does anyone really talk like that?
The clunky dialogue isn’t helped by lead actors Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman. Like I mentioned earlier, the cast of the original trilogy somehow made the atrocious dialogue work (Scruffy nerf-herder anyone?). Even though they were in the midst of a rebellion, they still seemed to be alive. Anakin and Padme seem wooden at best. They don’t really demonstrate that what they say is actually how they feel. Anakin is such a baby, it is not believable that he got a woman like Padme to fall in love with him. I mean, Hayden Christensen is a handsome devil, but really? Really?
This is how I feel about Sun Streaked by OPI (2002 Surf Party Collection). I looked at in the bottle, and thought it was a beautiful color. It looked gold with sort of a pinkish undertone. It made me think of the beautiful Nabooan lake country, streaked with sun, and the perfect match for this particular movie. It was like the sun shining just before the clouds roll in for a 19 year-long storm.
Although I generally like OPI polishes because they have pretty impressive coverage and go on smoothly, I wasn’t crazy about this color once it was on my nails. The pinkish undertone that initially caught my attention mostly disappeared, leaving me with just plain old gold nail polish. I mean, in certain lights, I could see a bit of the pink, but really, my nails were gold.
To achieve this particular look, I put on two coats. I think three probably would have been better, but as you hopefully know, I don’t like waiting around for my nails to dry. I did use an OPI top coat, which kept this polish looking good for several days.
So, much like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Sun Streaked was full of promise, but ultimately, disappointing. ~E