PLEASE dont get me wrong. Im a huge SW devotee...have been since I was 6 years old back in 77. ANd I think AOTC was amazing...especially compared to TPM. But, I just saw Lord Of The Rings again today...and, well...AOTC just didnt come close. I feel kinda dirty for even saying it...but it's true. My friend who went with me said, 'Well, the STar Wars saga is more about fun and excitement and not meant to be as 'heavy' as LOTR.' I disagree. FOr those that think the SW saga is just a 'popcorn' kinda film...go back and watch ESB. ..especially the scenes on Dagobah. Watch the scenes between Luke and Vader in ROTJ. And even if this were true (that its just a 'fun' film, no more, no less) then Lucas upped the ante with TPM...with talk of Trade Federations...and midoclorines...There's definitely some DEPTH here. I just wonder WHY AOTC couldnt match LOTR in intensity? Is it bad directing by Lucas? Or does he not have the suffiocient actors to do the job? Is it a question of talent? I look at some of the scenes in LOTR, and the forboding feelings you get in the film...like in the Mines of Moria...or the beautifuly filmed scenes combined with music... For instance, the love scenes in AOTC...all of them combined- dont come close to the 3 minutes of Arwen and Aragorn at night on the bridge in Rivendell. See what Im getting at? Please dont get me wrong, here. I am NOT an AOTC basher. I WANTED AOTC to be the equal in quality to LOTR. It hurts me more than anyone else to realize that AOTC compared to LOTR is just like comparing some of the cheap Star Wars knock-offs in the 80's to a film like EMPIRE. AOTC just seems like candy compared to LOTR...and it SHOULDNT be. What's wrong?????