It could only be better. It is a still overlong computer game and has a terrible romantic plot with a man with a brain of a six-year-old and the story is still unnecessary politically complex. Luckily the movie kicks into some fun scenes after the introducing of the traitorous Jedi Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) who actually is a threat for the God-like Jedis as he almost wins the battle.
If The Phantom Menace was bad, Attack of the Clones is way worse. As you could expect from a Star Wars movie, it's visually compelling and elevated by the great work of John Williams in the music department and also the appearance of legend Christoher Lee. But honestly, those are the only good things that I can think of. The Razzie-worthy writing and lame performances made it really hard for me to enjoy this movie.
There appears to be some consensus that this is an improvement from Phantom Menace. Entirely untrue: where Menace was dull, with phenomenally bad comic relief, this one has a key storyline that is actively terrible (the romance). For the fans: I'm Anakin, this movie is sand.
Excruciating to sit through with over-blown CGI that looks more like a dated video game, than the actually dated movie. Only this time around, there's really one protagonist to carry an entire plot and he lacks emotional depth and charisma which is the result of dry screenplay, wooden acting and lost direction. If the environment wasn't so much computer-generated, maybe there would be a room let for actors to act.
Some bad writing. Yes. Some awkward acting. Ya. But the action set pieces are incredible, the bounty hunter chase. The battles are innovative epics, the opening salvo of the clone war. And the saber duels are some of the best, Yoda finally being a badass. There is a lot clunky with this movie but there is so much great. And the harrihausen shout out is a nice touch