And the answer to the question you've all been waiting for... will she like it or won't she... is....
(damn, was THAT ever anticlimactic! *L*!)
Not much to say, but I'll put it behind an lj-cut, to avoid spoilers:
Glad they did show Anakin and Obi-Wan working together as a team, having fun (so to speak) and getting along with each other. The series so needed that; otherwise, who would have cared if Anakin "went to the dark side" or not, really? I think the Anakin character really did work best here, and I'm glad to see there was some resistance to going over; in the second movie, there seemed to be very little appreciation of the Jedi principles in his actions. Here, at least, he seems to respect them, and I really did feel how torn he was about what the right thing to do was. Looking back on the movie, I really liked the character-driven parts, and, as somebody has already said, Ewan McGregor did a TERRIFIC job of channeling Alec Guinness, right down to the twinkle in his eye and his devilish humor. *sigh* And the outfits for Ewan and Anakin were wonderful. They both looked great. I didn't even mind Padme! And at least she got to make an intelligent remark with her "And so democracy dies in thunderous applause". And R2-D2 was cute. And I was glad to finally understand the physical transformation into Darth Vader, as well as the emotional transformation. The horrendous things Anakin had to do - especially the cold-blooded killing of innocent children - sealed his fate emotionally, while the lava turned him into a completely new physical being.
Heck, looking back on it, I sound pretty happy with it, don't I? So you might be surprised to know that, half an hour into the movie, I was soooo tempted to leave, out of sheer boredom. Over and over again I had to fight the urge to leave - because I was just not emotionally invested in the movie. But I didn't want to have to waste the time to go and try to see it again, so I made myself stay.
You know, I think LOTR may have ruined me for other movies - *L*! I mean... I just didn't care about these people, and all I could think about was just how much more I cared about the hobbits! But maybe all is not lost. After all, I loved the previews shown beforehand; they really made my fangirl blood quicken. I mean... NARNIA!!! God, it looks so perfect; I can hardly believe it! And the Batman movie actually looks very interesting. I'm blanking out on the other one that looked good. But "Narnia", especially, makes me think that it was just that this Star Wars movie felt too much like beating a dead horse. If it wasn't for Ewan McGregor in these movies... I just wouldn't care. Ewan - I salute you! You, and you alone, keep the spirit of Star Wars alive for me. Once again, I fell in love with Obi-Wan. *sigh* *S*