Video: The best movie review you’ll ever see — the sequel

posted at 6:46 pm on April 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

Normally I have no patience for multi-part YouTube vids but his takedown of “The Phantom Menace” was so sharp, funny, and creative that I made it through seven parts and 70, count ‘em 70, minutes. Now comes the inevitable sequel, the critique of “Attack of the Clones” — a.k.a. “the worst thing ever made by a human.” Part one is embedded below; you’ll find the other eight (really!) on his YouTube page. The schtick here, of course, is that he hates the movies so much that he’s compelled to pull them apart in a sort of epic video Fisking, but that’s not the ultimate point. What he’s really trying to do is show that he can make a more entertaining movie out of Lucas’s raw materials than Lucas can. And damned if he isn’t right.

The F-bomb is sporadically dropped and the humor, especially near the end, is dark — the “woman in the basement” joke is a goof on the social lives of obsessive Star Wars fanboys, but it’s still dicey — so please observe your official content warning.

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Perhaps there is a god.

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2010 at 6:48 PM

I enjoyed the bejesus out of it (and the previous one). Though the women-in-the-basement thing was a leeeetle close to the bone for my taste.

S. Weasel on April 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I’ve seen this. It’s awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

taney71 on April 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I wonder if Lucas has watched it yet.

Do you think he is self aware enough to let someone else write and direct the next set of movies?

Bill C on April 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Not as classic as the one for Phantom Menace. Plus Episode II was the only prequel I actually liked. The problem is it set up all sorts of interesting storylines that Episode III all but ignored.

I did like his comments about the “urban market” stealing his TV. One of the funniest things I’ve heard in a long time.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Now Mr. Plinkett review of the Attack of the Clones wasn’t as funny as his first critique, but it is still funny as hell and worth watching all 90 minutes.

Trust me people, it’s better then the movie.

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I suddenly have a craving for some pizza rolls.

darii on April 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Liam Neeson probably thanks his lucky stars that his character got killed in the crapstorm that was the first prequel.

Seriously, this guy is right. AOTC BLEW!
I liked the how did Anakin attract Padme montage with the x’s….

mjk on April 5, 2010 at 6:52 PM

He nails Lucas. And, his Star Trek reviews are spot on as well (not that I would know anything about Star Trek or Star Wars or anything…)

diesirae on April 5, 2010 at 6:54 PM

The reviews by this guy are the best thing about the prequel movies.

myrenovations on April 5, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I’ve already seen this a couple of times. Too hilarious. I especially like parts 5 and 6 which explains everything you need to know about women. Hilarious.

First thing that cracked me up: When Jar Jar says “Dellow Felegates…” Ha!

Dongemaharu on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I watched this all last night. And now I’m watching it again. Parts 5 and 6 are th best…especially when he talks about the “diversity” in Star Wars. It’s so wrong, but sooo funny.

Emily M. on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I also watched all seven parts of the review of the Phantom Menace and it was a hoot!

I never saw the actual movie and it was still hilarious.

What’s wrong with your faaaaace?

tru2tx on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

…And you gotta love the Joe Lieberman and John Edwards cameos!

Dongemaharu on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

A distrubance in the force is p*ssed!

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Saw this on ace’s a couple of days ago. If people think it’s too long, at least watch part 5, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

Darth Executor on April 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I’m thinking this would be a fantastic regular segment of a weekly Steven Crowder show on FNC

ScottMcC on April 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM

“And damned if he isn’t right.”

I like his basement…

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Now Mr. Plinkett review of the Attack of the Clones wasn’t as funny as his first critique, but it is still funny as hell and worth watching all 90 minutes.

Yes. He was doing it a bit routinely.

Trust me people, it’s better then the movie.

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Doesn’t say much..

the_nile on April 5, 2010 at 7:02 PM

So, Lucas was the Sith all along?

juanito on April 5, 2010 at 7:02 PM

I liked the how did Anakin attract Padme montage with the x’s….

That part had me laughing so hard I had to stop the video a couple of times.

D_bot on April 5, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Is that leading picture a projection of what McCain will look like in 10 years.

MB4 on April 5, 2010 at 7:02 PM

First thing that cracked me up: When Jar Jar says “Dellow Felegates…” Ha!

Dongemaharu on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Dongemaharu: That was shamelessly ripped off,from Barney
Frank`s address to the DNC Convention!(sarc).

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Yeah this one is great. I especially recommend part #5.

brak on April 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Why would the Jedi see nothing suspicious about the fact that their clone template model is Dooku’s flunky? Stupid stupid writing.

Speedwagon82 on April 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Highly recommend this. Even if you love star wars…this is a must.

neoavatara on April 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM

the_nile on April 5, 2010 at 7:02 PM

True, but this review is actually enjoyable to watch. I took a film class in college and this guy reviews of the SW prequels should be mandatory to watch. He outlines perfectly on how not to make a movie, unless you are soulless hack who only cares about money.

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Outstanding Creamy Delicious Goodness sprinkled with unicorn fairy dust sugar

Opposite Day on April 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I like his basement…

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Seven Percent Solution: You would,tee-hee!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Outstanding Creamy Delicious Goodness sprinkled with unicorn fairy dust sugar

Opposite Day on April 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Opposite Day: Thats what Liberals are sprinkling in their
KOOL-AID!!

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:10 PM

“How should we train toddler Jedi?”

“I know. Let’s cover their eyes, stick them real close together and give them all working lightsabers.”

“AWESOME!”

-Later-

“Timmy, pick up your arm and take it to the nurse’s station.”

kagai on April 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Anyone up for a cup of coffee?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM

The audience needs to know who to care about, and who are enemies are because if we don’t know we don’t care…someone email this to George Lucas…isn’t this movie making 101?

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I suddenly have a craving for some pizza rolls.

darii on April 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

LOL! I haven’t had pizza rolls in a decade, but they sure sound tasty!

daesleeper on April 5, 2010 at 7:13 PM

If you haven’t watched his review of Avatar, you definitely should. No I’m not going to google it for you. :)

Diane on April 5, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Anyone up for a cup of coffee?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Do you suppose this is really what that new Coffee Party is all about, and they are just using coffee as a code word for – Let me tie you up in my basement LOL!

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Resident leftists? Can we get some bi-partisan approval here?

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM

If you haven’t watched his review of Avatar, you definitely should. No I’m not going to google it for you. :)

Diane on April 5, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Come on Diane google it for us, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee :)

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:17 PM

AP, I appreciate you bringing his Phantom Menace review to my attention. Comedy gold…and bloody brilliant. Gotta go check this one out! (Really hoping he tears the latest so-called Star Trek movie a new one…)

Battlecruiser-operational on April 5, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Why would the Jedi see nothing suspicious about the fact that their clone template model is Dooku’s flunky? Stupid stupid writing.

Speedwagon82 on April 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM

In fairness to Lucas(a phrase I’m not prone to use), I don’t think any of the Jedi ever saw Dooku with Jango. They were up in the luxury suite during the scene in the colosseum.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Save yourself…..don’t bother to watch.

R Square on April 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Ha. Striking similarities.

Dongemaharu on April 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM

“The “urban market” stole my TV” is the best line of the year, imo.

madne0 on April 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM

It’s hard for a sequel to live up to the original — but the AotC review comes close to the TPM review. It can’t match up entirely, as the TPM review brilliantly and hilariously identifies major flaws that apply across the prequels, while breezily giving a primer on film criticism.

Without the benefit of surprise, he has to dig a little deeper the second time, but there are plenty of payoffs. Many are already mentioned, but let me add his relentless dissection of various sequences, e.g., the absolute nonsense that is the assassination plot. He even sharply observes that Obi-Wan and Anakin both act out of character as the nonsense unfolds, doubly pantsing Lucas in the process.

Karl on April 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM

He totally lost me when he dissed bagpipes. Heathen!

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM

I love that Joementum makes a cameo in the review.

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM

The woman in the basement thing gets overplayed, but otherwise, it’s a great piece of work.

Cicero43 on April 5, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Going to have to wait until my wife flies off tomorrow to wherever she’s flying off to this time before I watch these or she’ll see that I’m really not hard at work.

(As long as she hears the keys banging she thinks I’m slaving away at the computer. A yammering Yoda would give me away, he would.)

Rod on April 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM

“The “urban market” stole my TV” is the best line of the year, imo.

madne0 on April 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM

That’s a great one. Also Amidala’s long list of what she wants from a man:

“He should be spontaneous. But only when I’m expecting it.”

“L-O-L! No baldies!”

Dongemaharu on April 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Nailed it from the first line. Execrable movie.

Blacklake on April 5, 2010 at 7:35 PM

As with his TPM review, the last part is a must. The number of times Lucas visually \’homages\’ from other directors (Ridley Scott) or from himself (scenes in Empire, in particular) are stunning. Not to mention Empire Yoda\’s reactions to Lucas et al\’s comments in the film\’s extras. It may rhyme, George, but it needn\’t rhyme all the time.

thirtypundit on April 5, 2010 at 7:36 PM

The audience needs to know who to care about, and who are enemies are because if we don’t know we don’t care…someone email this to George Lucas…isn’t this movie making 101?

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Dr Evil: This guy needs to narrate the Obama Administration,
to give Hopey a clue about who are the enemies!!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:37 PM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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Ha. Striking similarities.

Dongemaharu on April 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Dongemaharu:Yup!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Anyone up for a cup of coffee?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Come on Diane google it for us, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee :)

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:17 PM

you guys are just so sweet! Sure…but…why are we going down there?

Diane on April 5, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Dr Evil: This guy needs to narrate the Obama Administration,
to give Hopey a clue about who are the enemies!!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Who do you suppose Obama would have tied up in the basement of the White House…I mean theoretically if that kind of the thing went on in the White House? Rahm Emmanuel, Sith or no Sith?

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Palpatine’s behind it.

KillerKane on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Dude, I was up late into the morning the other day hitting the “refresh” button so I could watch these the moment they came out! Took forever for part 9 to come out but when it did…. GLORIOUS!!!!!

Yakko77 on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

He totally lost me when he dissed bagpipes. Heathen!

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM

OldEnglish: Bloody Blasphemers!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Rahm Emmanuel, Sith or no Sith?

Maybe I’m not being fair that’s like type casting or something….still I wonder what’s in Rahm’s basement.

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:37 PM
———————
Who do you suppose Obama would have tied up in the basement of the White House…I mean theoretically if that kind of the thing went on in the White House? Rahm Emmanuel, Sith or no Sith?

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Dr Evil: Well,keepin’n an eye on the ban-hammer,ahem,
I would go with Rahm being tied up,and put in a
shower stall,by Changey!!

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Not Fair to Bag Pipes!

Nyog_of_the_Bog on April 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

The three pre-quel film Jedis proven themselves to be a bunch of prissy, rule-bound morons for allowing the mess that destroyed them.

Lucas ruined the estimation of the “later” (earlier-filmed) Jedi with this poorly-thought-through gang of smug sticklers.

Thanks, George.

I hear he intends to colorize Yoda albino bunny-nose pink for the next re-visonism of the series.

And give Chewbacca an eyepatch.

Arrrrr!

profitsbeard on April 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

….still I wonder what’s in Rahm’s basement.

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Dr Evil:Rahm probably has a collection of Steak Knifes,
in his basement!:)

Barney’s basement would be much more,ahem,
interesting,me thinks!!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I bet Glenn Beck has one of those letters left in a safety deposit box…if you find this letter, than it means I am missing – The 1st place you should look for me is in Rahm Emmanuel’s basement- Just sayin…..GRIN.

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Leave Bag Pipes Alone ! :((

Nyog_of_the_Bog on April 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Nyog_of_the_Bog on April 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

You know he put that Bag Pipe diss in the video entirely for profiling purposes right?

Dr Evil on April 5, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The serial killer jokes were tedious, in the first review too.

Other than that, it was funny and true. I’m sure George Lucas has seen these by now.

sandberg on April 5, 2010 at 7:59 PM

OldEnglish: Bloody Blasphemers!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Och, Ay! :)

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 8:07 PM

That’s how I imagine Allahpundit’s basement.
With Dr. Zero’s analysis of everything else.
BOO-WAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Lockstein13 on April 5, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Not as fresh as the Phantom Menace review, and tedious at parts (the “that’s what HE said” girls were overused) but then again it’s impossible to recreate the feel of a surprise hit. And there’s still a lot of damn good stuff in there, with him hitting his stride about part 4 or 5.

One highlight: the part where “Plinkett” is talking about the place, tone, and purpose of the 2nd act in a three-movie series. In the video he compares AOTC with Empire — but as you watch that section, realize that you are also watching the 2nd act of HIS trilogy, and that all of his comments apply to his reviews as well. Very nicely and subtly meta.

Harpazo on April 5, 2010 at 8:08 PM

3:00 tapout. my patience sucks. my patience for dudes that talk with golfballs in their mouths sucks even worse…

ted c on April 5, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Begs the question…AP, how’d those girls do on the puzzles?

ted c on April 5, 2010 at 8:12 PM

The 3 prequels only served to undermine the original films’ theme of the noble Jedis.

It showed them as prissy sticklers to rote mystical nonsense to the point of self-annihilation.

Thanks, George.

profitsbeard on April 5, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Excellent!!

Robert17 on April 5, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Thanks, George.

profitsbeard on April 5, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Midichlorians!

Harpazo on April 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM

As soon as I saw this posted, I knew it would affect my work schedule. Curse you! :) Brilliant and funny. I can’t wait for the review of Episode III.

KillerKane on April 5, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Best thing evar:

…the hypothetical Darth Maul ‘oh, crap’ moment, when the door opens and the Lightsaber Kid is one of the extra Jedi.

James on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 PM

These videos need to be put on DVD and sold to every man, woman and child in the universe.

Good Lt on April 5, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I just watched the whole thing so I could come back here and post that I just watched the whole thing. This guy is brilliant. Why isn’t he making “real movies” yet?

Dave in San Diego on April 5, 2010 at 9:32 PM

The 3 prequels remind me of watching ant ant colony… speeded up.

While being infested with fleas.

And drinking sour milk.

Thanks, George.

profitsbeard on April 5, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Also, I never laughed so hard at a bagpipe joke before.

Who wants pizza rolls?

Dave in San Diego on April 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM

THE VIDEO WAS PULLED. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

GW_SS-Delta on April 5, 2010 at 9:51 PM

What the hell?! I go to watch and it says the video is no longer available due to copyright issue via Cartoon Network!!

tickleddragon on April 5, 2010 at 9:53 PM

“59 more seconds!”

Weebork on April 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM

The YouTube video doesn’t seem to work due to a “copyright infringement” by the cartoon network.

Am I the only one who can’t load the video?

Conservative Samizdat on April 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM

copyright claim by the Cartoon Network? Wtf? Where does the Cartoon Network come into play?

thphilli on April 5, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Go here if you want to see the video.

Apparently, only part 1 of 9 cannot be viewed.

Conservative Samizdat on April 5, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM

They pulled the video. It’s George Bush’s fault.

manwithblackhat on April 5, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Cartoon Network pulled it???

WTH? I only watched part of it and was going to watch the rest of it now and ???

Does Lucas own the Cartoon Network or something?

RedbonePro on April 5, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I have two questions and one answer. What is the greatest of all the Star Wars movies? Which of the Star Wars movies is the only one George Lucas didn’t direct? The Empire Strikes Back! After this review, it kind of makes you realize why it was the best.

GrammarPolice on April 5, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Welcome to the party late, AP. I linked to his site the last time Star Wars came up.

fossten on April 5, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Well thanks alot Cartoon Network.

AZfederalist on April 5, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Nice movie but why the pic of Pelosi?

johnnyU on April 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

I am getting sick of youtube reflexively deleting any posted film that gets a copywrite complaint with literally NO effort to determine whether the claim is valid.

Hint: Movie reviews are BLACK LETTER LAW fair use. It’s the classic example of fair use.

Second, I think we need to start thinking about some kind of punishment for making bogus copywrite claims. Not only do companies trampling on the 1st amendment when they do so, but in many cases it isn’t even about profit or protecting a trademark / copywrite…but rather to avoid some embarrassment / delete facts from the public square.

#&%$@*#& you, Cartoon Network. D.GOOCH

DGOOCH on April 6, 2010 at 2:50 AM

The Tears of Unfathomable Sadness . . .

The Other McCain on April 6, 2010 at 4:21 AM

FAIL Blog reposted part one to their channel. Download it while you can!

Someone needs to hit Cartoon Network with the fair use stick.

Mark Jaquith on April 6, 2010 at 6:53 AM

What’s wrong with your faaaaaace?!

Anybody smell gin?

Christien on April 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM