Interesting thread! I completely agree. I've always preferred Lucas' more sober approach to scenes like Shmi's death, Shmi's funeral, Anakin's immolation, etc. I re-watched The Fellowship Of The Ring and The Two Towers last week on BD, and I had to stop before getting into The Return Of The King. Because I was exhausted, both by the films' length and by Jackson's hyperbolic audiovision. There's so little room to breath and let scenes sink in. So many teary-eyed close-ups in slo-mo. And way too much music. Jackson made better LOTR movies than I thought possible at the time, but I always preferred Lucas' style. And in terms of the modern blockbuster, Lucas' style is decidedly old school. Even in the PT there is a clear voice coming through from back in the 1960s and 70s, a time before the blockbuster that Lucas ironically co-invented. That blockbuster is now a spectacle that Lucas' prequels didn't seem overly interested in matching, which I respect, and which might serve the saga well in the long term.