The casting was good, I agree with that but the acting was just bad. I don't even know if I blame the actors for it as weird as that sounds. I blamed the director like I said before for not doing a good job with the actors, communication and things like that. Agreed though that Liam Neeson and Ewan Mcgregor were the best actors in the prequel trilogy. Have any of you watched The Phantom Menace with subtitles on? It helps the movie a lot in my opinion. The acting is actually so bad that it can be hard to understand what they're saying at times, for me at least. When I could actually understand what was being said I didn't think the writing was bad. I kind of want to rewatch it so I can reanalyze it just to make sure I'm not crazy. I defended the writing of TPM to a few friends online in a skype call and they called me a moron, I immediately responded with "did you watch it with subtitles on" and they all said no, I swear it helps. EDIT Another actor that actually did a great job in the prequel trilogy was Ian Mcdiarmid.