Have Obi-Wan and Anakin arrive on Coruscant with Padme. Instead of having Anakin and Padme have a 5-day relationship and then get married, make it known that the two Jedi had been stationed on Naboo for the last few years. This way Anakin and Padme can know each other. When it's time for Padme to flee Coruscant, have Anakin take her directly to Tatooine. ("Where can we take her that no one will expect? Everyone will expect Naboo... I know! Tatooine! Most people haven't even heard of it!") On the ship to Tatooine, cut the entire wretched conversation they have and replace it with this excerpt from the movie's Naboo meadow scene: PADME: You really don't like politicians, don't you? ANAKIN: I like two or three, but I'm not really sure about them. I don't think the system works. PADME: How would you have it work? ANAKIN: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problems, agree what's in the best interests of all the people, and then do it. PADME: That is exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don't always agree. In fact, they hardly ever do. ANAKIN: Then they should be made to. PADME: By whom? Who's going to make them? ANAKIN: I don't know. Someone. PADME: You? ANAKIN: Of course not me. PADME: But someone. ANAKIN: Someone wise. PADME: That sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me. ANAKIN: Well, if it works? Then, when they arrive on Tatooine and are in the rickshaw, have that small exchange about "negotiations with a lightsabre". That's a funny exchange. All the other dialogue from Naboo needs to be cut. After Shmi dies, it is imperative that Anakin not tell Padme that he slaughtered the Sand People. Instead, have the exchange in the garage go like this: PADME: I brought you something. Are you hungry? ANAKIN: The shifter broke. Life seems so much simpler when you're fixing things. I'm good at fixing things, always was. But I couldn't... Why did she have to die...why couldn't I save her? I know I could have. PADME: Sometimes there are things no one can fix. You're not all-powerful, Anakin. ANAKIN: Well, I should be! Someday I will be the most powerful Jedi ever! I promise you. Then Anakin breaks down into tears and Padme rocks him in her arms. By not having Padme know about Anakin's mass murder, it removes a serious impediment to the believability of their marriage at the end of the movie. But Anakin does need to tell someone. Who? Owen Lars. Have Anakin, in a stony, cold voice, tell Owen about the massacre. Have Owen look at him in disapproving shock, but say nothing. Then have Anakin walk away. This could play off of Owen's line in SW: (Beru had just said, "There's too much of his father in him.") "That's what I'm afraid of." (Which is said in a dark tone of voice.) So when do Padme and Anakin first express their love for each other? As they are being led into the arena. It is more believable this way for three reasons: 1. She has known Anakin for a few years instead of a few days. 2. Anakin hasn't been stalking her and feeding her awful lines. 3. She doesn't know Anakin massacred women and children.