I loved it, and I know that unlike the other two prequels, my love for this movie will not fade once my rose-colored fanboy glasses go away. Here’s why: I actually cared about the plot, and found the non-action scenes as interesting as the action ones. When I made myself watch Episode II a couple nights ago, I was pretty much just waiting for the end (I’m like this when I watch ROTJ, too). When I watch this movie at home at some point, the only scenes I’ll probably get up to use the bathroom/make a sandwich during is that awful scene that opens with Padme brushing her hair. Ugh, George, what made you think that sounded good?
Also, I thought Hayden did a really good job this time around. Despite having bad dialogue to work with, he tried his hardest to create some chemistry between him and Natalie Portman, and sometimes they even pulled it off (no thanks to her… she seemed intent on delivering most of her lines like she was deliberating in the Senate). And he plays conflicted and downright evil very well, to the point that even though I knew he’d become Darth Vader, I found myself hoping that, somehow, it wouldn’t happen. Like, I was genuinely happy he told Mace Windu that Palpatine was a Sith lord. But Palpatine, of course, had to keep f’ing with his mind and heart.
Related to that, loved the wordless scene of Anakin and Padme both looking out the windows. Very, very nice music there that set the mood perfectly.
I’ve already seen it twice, and I’ve choked up both times during the Jedi purge montage and the end when Obi-Wan says “You were my brother! I loved you!” Excellent work from Ewan.
Loved the opera scene, too, and all the Anakin/Palpatine scenes. Ian McDiarmid rocked in this movie, and frankly I’m glad he played the Emperor as being ridiculously over the top, because that’s how he is in ROTJ, too.
Anyway, a fitting end and a deserving one.