Acting in Star Wars : Not even a great actor can do anything with a terrible plot and lousy dialogue
...or a chain leash held tightly by the Director. Lucas has stated that his main objective with Star Wars is to emphasize the story. He doesn't want any of the characters to overshadow the story. What an idiot. Good characters and a good story go hand-in-hand.
Many past Star Wars actors speak very badly of their experience doing the movies. Sir Alec Guiness ended up hating Star Wars, and Lucas in particular. He felt like he wasn't allowed to act. That goes a long way in explaining why the latest Trilogy is so bland. I seriously doubt any of the current actors will launch a great career from these movies, not like Harrison Ford for sure..
I don't even own Phantom Menace. I bought Episode II only because it's the best-looking and best-sounding DVD available... an awesome way to demonstrate your home theater. The all-digital video transfer brings out amazing color and clarity that no other DVD has. The agressive surround sound mix is also stunning.