^^^ You did get a teen-Anakin… in AOTC. And look how well that turned out LOL
I dug that George stuck to his vision and had a twinkie moppet Anakin instead of an older teen Anakin in TPM.
Of course, I also suspected that aside from his insistent that he was interested in showing the psychological damage of a young child being torn away from his only parent, George also really wanted to cover his bases of appealing to as wide a demographic as possible. The shrewd businessman in George is always ever-present.
Jake’s Anakin could have worked— and even worked well, had George been a competent director. Jake wasn’t the problem; if anyone cared to give him a little time and a chance Jake’s actually a very natural actor. I could see why they went with him. He’s able to display these very subtle gestures, almost awkward and completely lacks self-consciousness— common characteristics a 9-yo would display. A lot of child-actors overdo it, being overly theatrical, rehearsed and self-conscious… Jake displayed none of that. Sadly, his deliveries are as stiff as they come. But that’s entirely George’s fault. If talented adult actors like Liam and Ewan couldn’t make the dialogue work, how was a 7yo going to be able to succeed with George’s direction? And I would gladly take Jake’s Anakin anyday to Hayden’s overly-hammy, try-hard, shouty Anakin anyday...
And I would gladly take Jar Jar anyday over the pointless, overly-obnoxious Finn. Jar Jar as a character behaves accordingly and contributes to the storyline. The problem once again like Anakin, was the execution. Blame that all on George. Finn as a character, makes absolutely no sense within the context of the story and in the SW-universe. He doesn’t even behave remotely as sonnet who's only ever known life as a soldier of an extremely fascist regime: He’s the undisciplined, bumbling Earthling that fell into a GFFA— complete with current pop culture slangs, to appeal to the lowest common denominator in the audience. Finn wins the worst SW character ever.