Before Episode I was released, I really didn't know what to expect. I kept up with all the news and insider stuff, but how the movie would play out was still a mystery. After standing in line overnight and getting tickets for the movie, I was hyped more than ever about revisiting the world that Star Wars created for me when I was young. The morning of opening day, I was pumped. I was ready. Before the movie, I didn't really know what to expect. After the movie, I didn't really know what to think. I think the reason for the heavy criticism of Episode I was because it was held up against movie greatness. (the first 3). As a film by itself, not held up against the others, it is still a good film. It's just not great in comparison. I can admit that I was a little let down, but I wasn't as angry as some fans. There were some aspects of the movie that I think it could have done without or less of, though: Jar Jar Binks. Enough said, because I know all of you have heard it a million times. If his character was toned down and not made as much of a factor, then his character would have been much less annoying. The pod race. I thought it was a great concept, and the delivery was excellent, but it was too long. The movie was kind if Disneyish. Character depth. Anakin's space combat scene. The way it was done was way to kiddish. He just "happened" to get in the ship and start destroying stuff. There are other aspects of the movie that could have been done better, but, it's STAR WARS! Why over criticise it? I don't think that Lucas has lost his edge like some say. I think he was trying to connect with the kids with the first installment, and whether we like it or not, it is HIS vision. Episode I is a movie that is made to set up what there is to come. People have to view it as a small part of a big story. And this movie was good enough to keep the Star Wars fans waiting for the next chapter. Some excellent things about Episode I: Special effects. ILM is on top of their game. No other movie, in my opinion, tops TPM as far as CGI effects. None, hands down. This movie was groundbreaking as far as that goes. The final battle between Obi Wan / Qui Gon and Darth Maul was EXCELLENT. Enough said. Darth Maul. This was a perfect character to open the saga with. Incorporating martial arts into sabre battles was a great thing. Ray Park was awesome. The mystery. The way the movie closes definately makes me pumped for Episode II. It makes you wonder how Anakin will be seduced to the dark side. And the whole Darth Sidious / Palpatine thing adds more mystery. I am definately ready for AOTC. Many are saying that it is more geared towards an older audience, and from what I have seen, my hopes are great with this one. aintitcoolnews.com has a rough cut review by Harry Knowles. If this movie is partially as good as what he is saying, AOTC will be phoenominal. I have seen a lot of characters from it, and what I have seen looks good. What do you all think?