Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by DarthSapient, May 19, 2005.
Please use this thread to discuss the acting performances in the film, including CGI characters.
Some parts were great. I honestly liked R2D2 the best.
edit: Ryno you beat me 2nd post
IMO Anakin gave a really good performance, especially in the latter stages of the film when he'd completely turned to the Darkside.
edit: Darn, 3rd!
Some of the diaolouge sounded bad...but the actors who sounded bad I know are amazing, so I have a feeling it's how the script was written.
I had absolutally no problem with the acting.
It's best if you hold your ears and try not to hear anything Hayden or Natalie said. Just lessens the movie to hear them attempt to act.
Hayden nailed Anakin is this movie. It was right on. Even Natalie was better than AOTC. Ewan was good, too.
Ian and Sam, though.... Ian was good in most of it, but way too over the top a couple of times. And Sam Jackson had one facial expression and tone of voice.
The acting definitely improved over AOTC.
I was surprised that the acting was actually very good. Well, for a Star Wars film anyways. The also wasn't nearly as much bad dialogue and line delivery as from ATOC and TFM.
I thought the acting was incredible. Especially for a Star Wars movie. Infact, I think it's the best-acted film in the entire saga...
- Frank Oz
- Mr. Lee
They all brought it for this installment...with Natalie delivering a very emotional performance.
Excellent stuff, man.
Notes after two viewings...
For as awful as Portman and Hayden were in ATOC, I actually thought they were just fine in ROTS. Hayden especially did some nice work.
Ewan McGregor - for me - was the star of the show. Obi-Wan shone like a beacon in the sea of darkness that was ROTS - a true hero in every sense of the word.
Ian (Palps) was good except for his first scene as Darth Sidious (after getting pwned by Mace). I actually think that scene had the worst acting in it.
Sam Jackson stunk, but his character is more about being a bad-a## than anything else, so his acting didn't really matter, IMHO.
Christopher Lee was very good in his small part - I would've like to seen more of him. That was also my fav of the light saber battles, BTW... some of the defensive moves done by Dooku when battling Ani and Obi were very well done.
I'm not sure how I felt about Grevious' voice acting... but I loved the character and his mannerisms were very much a throwback to the old serial days.
Jimmy Smits was fine.
Yoda was fantastic, some of the facial emotions were just amazing, and one of the most touching scenes was when he "felt" the jedi purge and death of Windu...
Overall, I'd give the acting a definite thumbs up!
I love Ewan. His acting as always was amazing.
They all really were, it was great.
The acting was much, much better this time around. The love scenes weren't as awkward and things played out a lot better. They seemed more natural in this one.
Hayden particularly really did a fine job in this one - sure, he had some cringe-worthy moments, but I think the latter part of the film really makes up for it. This was his time to shine and he went all out.
I was also surprised with Natalie's performance. I was expecting another round of AOTC, but didn't get that. She also was more natural and expressed a lot more emotion. She, too, had her bad moments, but they were not as abundant as they were in previous installments.
Ian and Ewan, IMO, stole the show. They were both top-notch and really blew me away. When Ian started talking for the first time after his transformation, I couldn't help but smile - the Palpy we know from ROTJ was back.
Overall, I had no real problems with the acting. For the most part, the good outweigh the bad.
Ewan was great.
I actually expected a better performance from Ian in some scenes; I'm still confused about why his voice shifts so often after he reveals himself.
natalie finally acted!
Just writing down some I feel that is interesting to mention:
Hayden & Portman acts much better, but I think Padme's death near the end is a little bit awkward. Hayden really shows his rage throughout the later part of the film. After 3 yrs, both Hayden & Portman acting has been greatly enhanced from other films. They look much more natural this time, not cold & hard as a rock in AOTC.
R2D2 really steal the show, but I got a little disappointed by Threepio, even when compare with AOTC.
Too few funny/useful/useless stuffs come from his mouth.
Samuel Jackson is also better. Not that cheesy "This party is over." anymore.I think this is cos of the script.
Edit: Ian owns.
Another edit: GG acts great also. It shows a general, though in defeat, are not giving up any chance to strike down the enemy. He is not a monster as say by the novel. For me, Darth Maul is more like a mindless killing machine.
This was the best acting of the PT. Ewan was absolutely fantastic! Hayden certainly developed as an actor, and Natalie FINALLY decided to try (a little). R2 won the show though
"Ian (Palps) was good except for his first scene as Darth Sidious (after getting pwned by Mace). I actually think that scene had the worst acting in it."
I too think that that part was weird. But the more that I think about it, I think they had his voice sound highly odd...and more "devil-esque"...because this was the moment where Anakin was selling his soul to the devil, and he was using that deep, odd voice to seal the deal, of sorts. Did seem kinda weird, though. I don't think it was "badly acted," persay...just seemed random.
I would also like to say that Matthew Wood did a good job as the voice of GG. Good stuff. Dug the voice. Fit the character perfectly, IMO.
EDIT: And, yes, R2 was excellent as always.
I thought Jimmy was good.But Ewan and Ian were fantastic!!!!Also Hayden and Natalie had improved
The acting in this film is fantastic. I don't want to hear the criticisms of Hayden/Portman in this film. Both did excellent jobs that moved me to near tears. This is easily the best acted of the entire saga.
I don't much understand disappointment with the acting in this film. It was really first rate, from beginning to end.
Hayden Christiansen was absolutely stunning as Anakin in this picture. While I appreciate and enjoy his performance in Attack of the Clones, I thought that this performance really showed genuine maturity and a superior command of the material. However, Hayden's best acting had nothing to do with line delivery. His greatest moments in the film were those in which he was forced to stand and deliver emotion without words. He conveys tremendous indecision, fear, suffering, anger, and pain that attract the audience's sympathy, and give the character an emotional depth that could not be attained by any amount of dialogue. That is simply an incredible acting feat.
Natalie Portman delivered her best performance yet in the Prequel Trilogy, lending heart to a role that, while not wholly developed, called for a tremendous amount of anguish. While her delivery has been criticized throughout the pictures, she does well here, giving the audience a palpable sense of her fear and anguish. She worries about Anakin and conversely, so does the audience, thanks to a strong performance from Portman. Like Hayden, she too delivered emotion nicely during her silent sequences.
I'm quite amazed at the disappointment some people have expressed with McDiarmid's performance. His Emperor Palpatine was calculated, cunning, and diabolical. He was a perfect archetypal villain. Over the top? As Darth Sidious, yes. And it is really part of the reason why his performance is so wonderful. He lends Chancellor Palpatine a diabolical and manipulative evil, contrasting it with the obvious callousness, cruelty, and malice of Emperor Palpatine. It also resonates perfectly with the character he created in Return of the Jedi, a purely evil character (and therefore one with little depth), who takes perverse pleasure in the pain, hatred, and anger of others. This lends a wonderful continuity to the character in the context of the entire saga.
Finally, Ewan McGregor delivers a delightful performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi. I loved McGregor's portrayal of the Jedi Master in Attack of the Clones, and his performance in Revenge of the Sith, built on that character. His Obi-Wan was witty and compassionate, creating a wonderful bridge to the Original Trilogy character. He delivers his lines with aplomb and vigor, giving Obi-Wan a tense urgency and even a sense of inner-conflict. He worries about Anakin, not only as a friend, but as a former master, wondering what he'd done so wrong to lose his former padawan.
I thought Hayden gave the strongest performance in the movie, and Natalie was great as well.
No problem with Ian, but I still think he was better in ROTJ.
Can't blame the actors. RotS had the same problem as the rest of the prequels, an extremely poor script from the standpoint of plot, dialogue and character development.
Hayden was incredible as Anakin. He exceeded all expectations I had.