Well said Jabbadabbado. Everyone acts like it's all Lucas' fault because Natalie Portman gave one good performance ten years ago. And well, I guess Lucas IS to blame. He's the director, he's the one who cast Natalie, and he's the one who should be encouraging better performances from her. In the end, he's responsible for everything in the final cut of the film. But don't act like Natalie is completely innocent here. It's not like she's some great actress, and sucky ol' Lucas is deliberately forcing her to be sucky. If Portman were a better actress, or even if she had any amount of enthusiasm for acting, she could pull it off. Hayden was great in the movie. Ewan was great, most of the minor characters were good too. Natalie Portman, what happened? P.S. I'll admit she improved a lot since TPM, but still, she's easily the worst of all the lead Star Wars actors.