Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
What Improbus said.
They aren't Plan 9 From Outer Space, but given their context, they are up there.
I remember sitting there watching Episode I and thinking that I hadn't seen something that was as big a commercial release being that terrible.
From Lucas' dialogue- which is laugh out bad- to those annoying screen slides he does when the action changes locale....it's nearly unwatchable.
I know we all love movies and we can all say we know bad when I see it....but these are atrocious at a level rarely seen for major studio releases.
The reason it is so rare is because studios do not like giving a lot of creative control to the director. In this case Lucas had complete control including the script, direction, and casting. Not only are the movies themselves terrible, this has resulted in Hollywood being even more prudish about giving creative control to directors resulting in an even more commercial environment in film making.
This is basically the only example I can think of where the studio execs stepping in and having someone else write the script or taken Lucas completely away from casting would have made such a huge difference.