I along with all my friends saw AOTC last night at Midnight. I have always been a hardcore fan, and am 30 right now so I grew up with Star Wars. I am honestly shocked and surprised at all the positive reviews and feedback from people who saw the film. Everyone of my group (10 of us) thought AOTC was a very poor movie, and if you were to rate it out of 10, we all agreed it was no higher then a 5. We came out of that movie and were honestly saying it sucked in terms of a Star Wars movie. A few of us were like "What the hell was that?!?!?!" I came out of TPM on a high (even though I thought it wasnt even that good), with AOTC I came out on a serious down note. I was disappointed truley. Maybe I'm just too critical of Lucas now, but this movie DID NOT have any of the flair of Empire or even JEDI for that matter, nor did it even hold up to TPM. The ewoks (who I hate) are now icons to me. Something was just WRONG with AOTC. There was so much wrong though and that what bothered me. The dialogue was horrible, the acting horrible, the writing horrible, and there wasnt even a consistent story. The worse thing is that fact that Lucas is putting more and more fluff in these classic movies. Just because you have the ability to use CG, you dont have to over do it. The droid factory...waste of time and money. Everything with C3P0 and the whole head thing...stupid. The arena and the monsters...made for toys. The diner...why? Anakin riding a stupid beast in the field, in the arena, Padme having a hair pin in her waste..come on George..what has happened to you. I think that ever since the special editions when Han Solo became the second person to shoot after Greedo did in the cantina and therefore didnt become a "Cold blooded killer" to "someone who had to defend himself" that Lucas started ruining the saga. The best parts of AOTC were so short (the sandpeople, the end fight, Jango) and it didnt even have the momentum of TPM in terms of pacing. Dont get me wrong, Jango and all of that stuff was great, Mace, Tatooine, his mother, Dooka, the fight scenes, but there was just too much useless and un-needed things that could have been replaced with better items of the story. Somehow, the Star Wars saga has been turned into some 2 hour special effect show with no story just so he can say (look what we can do with our computers) when they use to be great movies with great special effects that added the extra element. I cant even put "Movie" into AOTC because I just didnt feel it was anything that any of us couldnt have done ourselves. I think Lucas needs to direct the next one and thats it. He can't write anymore, thats obvious (ie: this party is over...come on George). And his choice of his co-writer from the Young Indy Chronicles shows me that he can't write either. Since the Young Indy series was a flop, I don't understand why he would choose him. Of course, Lucas can do whatever he wants because he can and I respect that. But somewhere along the way, I hope someone like Timothy Zahn (who out of anyone has created the best Star Wars novels yet that have the same feel of the movies) gets a hand on EP3 before it gets ruined also. A very disappointed fan.