This was the reason Episodes I & II exist. The first half of the movie had me revelling in the presence of real acting – Ewan Macgregor makes up for the stiltedness of Episode II, and I understand now what Obi Wan means in Episode V when he describes Anakin as his best friend. For me, though, it all started to fall apart after Anakin turns to the dark side. The fear and paranoia that would have been required to tip him over the edge were just not adequately portrayed for me to truly believe in. The number of cliches that are thrown around in this movie is ludicrous (remember when Anakin finds out Padme is dead? “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”!). But, I plan to watch this again, and attempt to understand what Lucas meant, even though I do not believe he achieved it. This was a master of a story, after all.