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Uncomfortable Romance

The new trilogy romance between Anakin and Padme is simply painful to watch. There's something eerily formal and jarring about the whole affair. The biggest problem is that the two have no chemistry. Add to this bad dialogue and Hayden's generally up-tight, stale, and whiny acting, and we get some truly unsettling scenes. On first thought, it might be said that romance doesn't belong in the platonic Star Wars universe at all, that's just not what Star Wars is about, but Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher played out their romance just right. Little wonder that we were so disappointed when Hayden and Portman made us divert our eyes in shame. Any admirer of the new trilogy has since learned to selectively edit these scenes out of the memory. Ah... much better.