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While I enjoy the Star Wars prequels more than most fans, some of teh dialogue can border on cringe, if not occasionally step over that line. Master Obi-Wan would be very grumpy if he read what I just wrote. However, according to George.Lucas. whose thoughts on the matter were highlighted in Paul Duncan’s new book, The Star Wars Archives. 1999–2005, this type of dialogue was intentional. You can check out what Lucas said back in 1999 below.
“It is presented very honestly, it isn’t tongue-in-cheek at all, and it’s played to the hilt. But it is consistent, not only with the rest of the movie, but with the overall Star Wars style. Most people don’t understand the style of Star Wars. They don’t get that there’s an underlying motif that is very much like a 1930s Western or Saturday matinee serial. It’s in the more romantic period of making movies and adventure films. And this film is even more of a melodrama than the others.
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I can kind of see what he is taking about. Though episodes 1,2, and 3 certainly leave something to be desired dialogue wise. Natalie Poertman is an Oscar-winner, and even she sounded comepletetly wooden at times, especially in the elanorate dresses and hair outfits.
Lucas’ explanation seems somwhat inconsistent.to me. As nn0thing, to me in my opinion, that Ewan McGregor says is ‘corny’ or ‘cringey’ in the way the words of other characters come across. I could be wrong,due to the fact I am completely biased toward McGregor. I found him to be an absolute delight and one of the best things about the prequels along with John Williams’ score
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Source: The Star Wars Archives. 1999–2005 (via Syfy Wire)