The Star Wars prequels were a disappointment. This is very old news. But like any trauma, sometimes it is therapeutic to revisit the wounds, think about where things went wrong, and imagine an alternate universe were thing went right.
Today I saw this video, about pre-production for The Phantom Menace. What is remarkable is that in it, they show George Lucas auditioning 3 kids for Anakin. The second one is clearly amazing, and Jake Lloyd is clearly illiterate. And yet... and yet... and yet!!!!
Fast forward to the 2:00 mark to see the auditions.