After Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, It was obvious to me George Lucas had become a completely different director compared to years ago when he let constructive advice, innovation due to limitation of funds and technology, and honest driving inspiration that's unmotivated by commercial success come through.
Sith obviously drew off some left over scripted ideas back from the period of the original trilogy, which explains some of this films appeal. Unfortunately the film reeks of "it's good enough for the fans" and Lucas overlooks some pretty bad and uninspired acting, amateurish dialog and plot bits, mediocre chemistry between the actors because of casting, and bad gimmick humor along with unnecessary CG which hurts instead of helps the feel and plot of the film... Lucas doesn't believe anymore in the theory that sometimes less exposition is better.
The self-indulgent fascination on Lucas' part for CG creatures,droids and elements hurts the film. Instead of the effects helping tell the story, they seem to be more important so he can try to show off how innovative he is, while making money doing it.
Lucas comes off in the prequels as a wealthy, lazy director, that has too much technology at his disposal, too many yes men instead of talented script people pushing him or challenging him for possibly better ideas, and a fraction of the fresh inspiration he once had.
This is probably the best of the prequels...but then again that isn't saying much, it only ends up about average at best...and that's being kind.
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