Just got back from finally seeing it, my response . . . Thank the maker! Yeah, I can agree with some of the bashers that the love story felt forced and some of the dialogue was bad, but I just didn't care. I loved it. I loved the Jedi, I really started to get Anikin, and I love the fact that Padme can hold her own alongside a bunch of Jedi, there is no questionin my mind that this is Princess Leia's mother. Yoda was great, not just his fight, but the fact that we saw his playfullness too. And R2/ 3PO comic relief was much more suited for the movie than the Jar Jar of Ep I. Speaking of Jar Jar, I actually liked him in this film, and I think I could have actually seen a little (not much) more of him. Ewan really nails down Obi Wan, brings alot and not just immitates but expands on what Guinness did. Mace Windu is the man. R2 rocks, but I would liked to have more of him. The biggest supprise for me was I had always assumed the clones would be "bad guys", instead of helping out, and of course the revelation about the Jedi's loosing touch with the force. The final scene was magical for me, again I never thought they would go through with the "married in secret" idea, I was always scarred the council would make some exception for Ani cause he was the "choosen one" One thought is Boba Fett's story essentially the same as Anikin's, except he no one comes to help redeem him? Overall I put this right in the middle of SW films, I don't think it replaces ESB as best, and it doesn't quite have the sheer joy of ANH, but I deffinately liked it better than TPM and ROTJ. My thoughts from my first viewing.