Why is it that when the prequels get criticised for something, LOTR and the Matrix are immune to the criticism of effects and actually get complimented for it? Why is it that the Matrix doesnt get criticised for the bullet time effect and the 360 degree shift of the camera during fights? Why doesnt LOTR get criticised for its endless seeping camera shots and its constant zooming in and out, not to mention the constant slow motion? These are EFFECTS. And a lot of people would argue the story could be just as effective if not more effective without them. George Lucas has created magnificent cgi enviornments wiht the prequels. If he were truly more intersted in effects, you would be seeing long, sweeping shots of Tiopoca city in Kamino. Instead, Lucas sticks to the documentary style and shows maybe 2 or 3 seconds of the city, despite the long hard work that went into creating it. Im sorry, but I dont consider that to be more interested in effects. You also would have had 360 degree shifts during the saber fights. I wonder if there are some casual fans who would have actually prefered this. In the prequels George creates these enviornemnts to make powerful and poignant imagery, which he relys on to tell the story. Just about every effect in the prequels serves the story. And I know Im going to get flamed for this, but I realy dont understand the fascination with Gollum. I really dont see how he is much better than ANH Jabba (yes, thats right, 1997 SE Jabba the Hut from ANH). And he doesnt even touch AOTC Yoda nor Jar Jar. But Yoda and Jar Jar met with much greater disapproval. I wonder if them putting Andy Serkis in that suit and trying to dress him with the digital imagery actually hindered Gollum's realism. He has that same visual sloppiness that ANH Jabba had, and you get that same 2D sensation that Jabba gave. Dont get me wrong, I thought that WETA did a good job overall, espeacially when you consider that this is their first project. But ILM is still the king.