I’m watching “Return of the Jedi” as I write this, and I wanted to comment on how good the acting is. The main problem with Episodes I-III is that Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, the Emperor, Samuel L. Jackson, and even Chewbacca pretty much stunk it up acting-wise. The only bright spots from an acting perspective were Ewan McGregor and Yoda – and HE was computer animated.
Taken at face value, both scripts are equally good (or bad), but for some reason, Episodes IV-VI were great movies, whereas I-III sucked my ass. Some may blame George Lucas, but I blame poor acting. Though I suppose an argument could be made to blame Lucas based on his hiring of horrible actors.
That is all.