Okay, SW fans, time to rank what you feel are the 5 best & the 5 worst performances of the PT, to date.
1. Liam Neeson. Even though I don't agree with the inclusion of his character which relegated Obi-Wan to a minor player in E1 and took away from his role in discovering and mentoring Anakin, Liam certainly delivered a great performance in that part. Although it probably wasn't intended, Liam's performance projected Qui-Gon to being the main character of E1.
2. Ian McDiarmand. With main characters either getting killed off, or changing actors, Ian's Palpatine has been the one stable role. I think he has done a fantastic job making Palpatine's journey to the top the most interesting story of the prequels, thus far.
3. Tem Morrison. Again, I do not like the fact that this role was put into the prequels. The greatest thing about Boba Fett was the mystery of his origins and who he really is. All of that came to a shattering end by seeing AOTC. That said, though, Temurra was the perfect actor to play this part. I thought his performance was very believable, and especially love the dialogue with Obi-Wan.
4. Christopher Lee. I really love his role as Dooku. Lee has a very dominating screen presence which takes your mind off of the phoniness of the CG backgrounds and characters. He is able to turn the debate with the cartoons into a very believable scene. His discussion with Obi-Wan is wonderful. He finally brings some of that trash talking to the lightsaber duels, making that much better. The more I think about his role, the more I think I should have ranked him at #1.
5. Ewan McGregor in AOTC. Didn't care for his nonperformane in E1, but he really seemed to be the only one really trying to develop their character in this movie.
and now, the WORST
1. Natalie Portman. Can't the director at some point tell her to try breaking the monotone. Add a little inflection, raise the voice, make it look like you're not just reading the line off of a cue card. Oh, and try changing expressions, too. Maybe show some anger, fear, or something other than boredom and apathy with getting this role.
2. Samuel Jackson. same as the above.
3. The dude who played Ric Olie! Your job as a background character is to be forgetable. Ric Olie stood out like a sore thumb. Why did he have so many lines?!
4. Ewan McGregor in TPM. This might have been more due to his being a minor character, but still I wish he had done something to develop his character during the course of the movie.
5. Jake Lloyd. Yippie!!! What are midichlorians? 'nuff said.