Maybe Hayden Christensen is just a bad actor?
The prequels made the whole cast look like bad actors. I mean, it takes a special kind of director to get truly awful performances out of such an otherwise highly talented cast, but George Lucas somehow pulled it off.
I guess that's a natural consequence of directing nothing for 22 years and assuming you can just throw a bunch of warm bodies in front of a green screen, then expecting the magic to just happen because you're a living legend.
I think Lucas really doesn't have a great talent for directing and acting. He's great with ideas, but his best stuff was made with great collaborators. With or without green screens, the problems with the Prequels mainly stem from him thinking he could do it all himself this time. I think other directors can and have done really well with green screens. Lets see how Mandalorian goes. It is mostly green screen.
And, y'know, it's interesting how much of the prequel trilogy apparently takes from Lucas's original version of the Star Wars script.
I read Dark Horse's adaptation of Lucas's original script (an 8-issue series called The Star Wars, if you want to track it down) way back when. And I was surprised how much of the prequel's "feel" was in it. The emphasis on politics, the characters, the talk-not-show nature of the whole thing...I think it kind of makes me think that a LOT of the original trilogy's charm kind of lies more with the collaborators rather than Lucas himself.
It's definitely an interesting read. More of a curiosity than an actually satisfying story on it's own, but definitely interesting.
Edited by ZakuConvoy, 24 October 2019 - 02:21 PM.