AOTC is a wonderful, moving film. People who slam the romance part of the movie (dialouge, acting) don't seem to 'get it'. For over a year straight, armchair directors (people more annoying than backseat drivers) have professed hundreds of ways in which AOTC fell below Star Wars standards. The first target is always Lucas' directing. Let me first point out that many review columnists are themselves failed filmakers or actors, so their knives are sharpened for someone as successful as Lucas. Gee, what a surprise. I'd love to see one of them take the chances he did, work as hard as he did and make the same type of business choices he did as well to come up with movies which all rank as some of the most popular and loved in history. Next is Lucas' writing. 'Oh, the dialouge was terrible!' Opinions are objective, of course. Here's mine; Post-modernism in the nineties (irreverence, irony, thesaurus plundering) really spoiled the grounds for tales of involving innocence to flourish. The romance between Ani and Padme builds itself on a lot of layers, but I believe they both start from an equally clueless starting point; innocence. These aren't adults who are seasoned in romantic antics, nor are they teens from North America who are saturated with MTV, Dawson's Creek and American Pie. Anakin's SUPPOSED to be dishing out cheesy lines in an akward way - that's what makes it so endearing and sweet. But seeing things from a more factual standpoint requires more patience and understanding of the characters. That brings me to my last point; the acting. Hayen C. and Natalie P. have both been grilled on this. You'd think it was 'Jar-Jar Must Die' all over again. Now I don't know what everyone out there was expecting for the Star Wars prequels, but man, now everyone's an armchair thespian too? I fell that the two kids gave a great performance. They both accomplished the akward tension that two young adults might present in their situation. Not only are they not allowed to love each other, but neither of them seem to know how to express it properly. When I say this I'm speaking of the CHARACTERS, not the ACTORS. Their experience in love is minimal if not nill on both accounts. The lines are goofy, yes, but that adds to the innocence which we know will end tragically. It's very touching in a sad way. We know they'll never, ever have a chance to live happily ever after, and remember, they DO still have to keep it a secret (that's why the fireplace scene is important). When they got married, my feeling was 'What are they going to do now?' Think about it. I hope this might help people get a fresher perspective on the parts of AOTC which people unfairly disregard. YJ edit: As Jar Jar would say, weesa done here.