I'm reposting something here that I posted to the "The Little Things That Anoy You" thread. This is somewhat off-topic there anyway, and it's something I would like to hear other opinions on. Many people posting there cited the relationship between Padme and Anakin as the thing that annoys them most about AOTC. Some people cited apparent bad acting. Some people cited the lackluster dialogue or awkward scenes, lack of chemistry, or whatever. I'm very definitely in the minority here, but I don't find the romance bewteen Padme and Anakin terribly hard to believe at all. Strange, yes? Hard to relate to? Yes. But it is believable when you keep in mind a) who these people are and b) the fact that they already have a thing for each other but refuse to admit it. You don't watch them fall in love in AOTC. You watch them drop the pretense of NOT being in love. As I remind people from time-to-time, the OT was about a ragtag band of misfits and the PT concerns the power struggles between the upper crust of the Old Republic. These characters exist in a totally different strata and behave as such. There won't be any Leia and Han-style romance here with arguments, smart-alecky dialogue and sloppy kisses. This is a romance between a warrior and a queen/politician. Now, do I think the romance is one of the best scripted ever? No. I think it could have been better, but I think the basic idea is that we have two people whose lives are bound up in very high-minded activities and duties and who secretly have been lusting after each other from very early on. However, they both retain this pretense of "we're not in love and we both know it" which we see gradually breaking down. Padme is better at maintaining it (possibly because she senses Anakin's dangerous side.) Anakin, not so much. There is very little emotion evident in their scenes but that's who those characters are. I think over-the-top emotional love scene moments would be totally out of character for these two. When Anakin explodes and rants about killing the sandpeople and bemoans the death of his mother, Padme gets a rare moment of seeing Anakin with all those pretenses gone and she sees actual emotion pouring out (good or bad) and thus, it tips the scales and she lets go of the pretense. Odd? Certainly, but I find it fairly believable if you bear in mind who these people are supposed to be.