Two viewings of ROTS and 4 hours of sleep later: It was...surreal. I was very much a part of the "last Star Wars movie" hype back in 1983 with ROTJ, so it didn't feel like the end of my childhood - BTDT. And I was spoiled for the first time with this one, so knowing what was about to happen throughout the movie was strange. Overall, I loved it! But, what amazed me, was that the parts I loved were not the parts I was expecting to love. Obi-Wan grated on my last nerve in AOTC, but I adored him in this movie. The chemistry and banter with Anakin were nothing short of brilliant and, honestly, made the movie for me. I was not an A/P shipper, per se, but after that first scene where Anakin ran up to Padme holding his arms out to her ...I think I finally "got" them. Palpatine. We knew he was the bad guy, but I didn't think he'd be so....scary isn't even the word. Inhuman, maybe? All that feral breathing and hissing and Dracula-sounding voice....stang! I thought Yoda would get squashed by the Emp, but that little green guy can bring it. Anakin. It took both viewings for me to fully appreciate the subtleties of Hayden's acting, but I thought he played the heck out of that role. It was all in the eyes and voice inflections. The guy telling Padme that finding out about the baby and that it was the happiest day of his life was not the same guy telling her that he'd brought peace to the galaxy on Mustafar. I know a lot of folks will disagree with this and everything else I'm saying, but that's how it came across to me. And then suited Vader. Man in Black fangirl that I am, I thought I'd be happy to see him back on the big screen. But the 'operating room' and masking and reveal with that Qui-Gon funeral music in the background....was one of the saddest things I've ever seen. I was too numb to cry or cheer. Oh yeah - and Artoo! L-o-v-e-d R2-D2! [EDIT] And I must admit that I originally cringed when I heard that suited DV's first lines were asking about his wife, but it worked. Hearing James Earl Jones say Padme was definitely a "circle is now complete" moment for me. There were a few things I didn't buy: Grievous (I think I might have dozed off for a minute during the Obi/Grievous fight at the midnight - my second - viewing), the Yoda/wookies relationship (Okaaaayyy...), Padme's death (I knew about the "lost the will to live" thing before going into it and I'd hoped the movie would make it better, but no...still very implausible, IMHO). Anyway, those are my initial thoughts. Be interesting to see if they change with further viewings, but for now, I've got the ROTS soundtrack playing in the background and am one happy Star Wars fan.