Speaking with author Paul Duncan in the recently released The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005, George Lucas discusses some of the finer points of the saga. specifically the prequels and the backlash directed towards the conversations between characters, explaining that he was pitching for a very specific style and feel, pointing to the conversations between Padme and Anakin as an example.
“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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