I wonder how much of that is due to the "do everything in post-production", complete green-screen mentality of modern George Lucas.
I wouldn't be surprised. I really was stunned at the flatness of the characters/actors and unmemorable (except in horrible ways--Jar Jar) dialogue in Episode I. And I was surprised at how uninteresting Obiwan was in that movie. He just had very little to do. Halfway through I began wishing that he would get a crush on Natalie Portman and there could be a setup for a love triangle later on. It would have been soap opera-ish but at least that would have been interesting. But no. Lucas did not utilize the natural chemistry that was present between McGregor and Portman in any way.
It's fine to have sexual tension between Princess Leia and Luke, who turn out to be brother and sister, but not between two young attractive people of equally honorable character and prospect thrown into close proximity by circumstance for a lengthy period of time.
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Yes, considering that almost EVERY actor in the prequels comes across as flat and thoroughly, mind-numbingly dull, I think that the actors must be relieved of some of the responsibility. I mean, Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, Christensen... I'm sorry, but you don't get terrible performances out of every single one of those actors in the same production without it being the director's or the writers' faults. It's just too unlikely.
Point taken. Again, what I got out of the documentaries on Disk-2 of the set was Lucas's approach to filmaking is entirely industrial. His main concern is getting the product out as efficiently as possible. He also believes that digital effects are the major key to success and alone can carry the picture. As we can see in the Prequels he's only got it half right. Anyone who has been to a major art gallery knows that after the first hour or so you become "visually stuffed" and just aren't taking in the paintings and sculpture with the same awe you did when you first came in.