I probably should have been more clear in my statement. I'm not saying that Lucas chose to write or direct poorly and it's ok...I'm saying that the choices he made are perceived as being "poor" when in fact they were stylistic choices. Lucas was always an artsy filmmaker who was mostly into avant-garde filmmaking. He's also a big fan of the old style of acting from the 1930's and 40's. When he made the original Star Wars he made them in the fashion of the B serials he grew up with. When it comes to the prequels, he decided to make them even more in that fashion. The films were mostly filmed on sound stages (like the old movies of the 30's and 40's), something Lucas has stated he always wanted to do, and the actors were directed to act in a way that is like the style of the 30's and 40's. To our modern society of moviegoers, this may come off as wooden, and therefore "poor" writing/directing on Lucas' part. But that wasn't necissarily the case when you consider what he was going for. It just wasn't what people are used to seeing these days or what they expected. And to be fair...the acting isn't all that much different in the OT but it is less proper and therefore comes off a bit more genuine. With the prequels Lucas was trying to show a more 'civilized age' as alluded to in the OT, hence, the decision to play up the older style acting.
At first glance it does seem that Lucas contradicts himself. However, if you go back and watch the many interviews he's done the story is pretty much the same, it's the details that slightly change. While there was plenty of CGI in the prequels, there was also a ton of models and sets used. Far more than most people realize. It wasn't all done in the computer. Lucas is a cinematic genius. Yes, I'm being completely serious. That man knows more about cinema, art, storytelling, and even the tech side of it, than probably half the directors working today. I know that a lot of people have complaints against the prequels. But what many see as poor writing and directing on his part, was a stylistic choice that Lucas made for the films.
Pretty sure the guy got the idea for this video from this:http://www.starwarsringtheory.com
An excellent article that not only shows the comparisons between the films but also goes into great detail in explaining the comparisons.
I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Saga and especially those who dislike the prequels.
I have a love hate relationship with the PT but this article definitely gave me a new perspective of what Lucas was trying to achieve. Yea they're not perfect but there's a lot to like about them and they don't deserve anywhere near the amount of hate they get.