Well, it didn't suck.
It wasn't spectacular either, but it was generally good. I went in expecting to be disappointed because I usually am disappointed with movies. So, it was, for the most part, a good movie and I'm not just saying that because my ticket was free.
Karma said he felt it was very rushed. I felt that a bit too and I wound up explaining a lot of things to coworkers after the movie who didn't seem to be able to follow the story at all. This explaining reinforced some of the story, but there are things that I'm not sure of and everyone puts a slightly different twist on the details. There are things that we're supposed to think that may or may not be true and there are things that the audience is supposed to know, but the characters aren't, so it makes for a lot of "why don't they just do X?" questions.
Even so, I'd like to watch it again, this time bringing pen and paper with me to take notes on who's who (because a lot of the characters went by two names) and who exactly did what... =P I wish the Star Wars site had a section for "Events" for a significant events timeline.
Anakin is lame. Wait, let me clarify: Hayden Christensen is great; the part of Anakin Skywalker is lame. I kept wanting to brain him with my chair every few minutes. Like father, like son. Now those two are a whiny-whiny boys.
Amidala made no sense in her interaction with him. She's annoyed, she's annoyed, she's annoyed, she's less annoyed, "DAMMIT Ani, I'm a SENATOR"... BOOM, "I love you"... Hey?! What happened to being a Senatordammit? And where the !@&*#! did her deep, accented, booming, authoritative, Amidala voice go? She didn't get to use it once. She kept using her Padmé Naberrie voice. =P
The love scenes between them were Lame. Lame. Lame. And now, he'll be stripped of his Jedi title.
And, yes, I agree that Anakin's attitude problem is at least half Obi-Wan Kenobi's fault. Nagnagnagnagnagnag... good grief, somebody failed Profoundness 101. At the end of Phantom Menace, I thought that Obi-Wan Kenobi, being a newly initiated Jedi Knight, was not the best person to train Anakin. Anakin's midichlorien(sp?) levels were off the charts, so he's like their version of a prodigy. Knowing that, I don't care what promise was made, the boy should have been trained by someone more senior in the Council. Anakin should have been apprenticed to Yoda or Mace Windu. But none of them wanted to touch Anakin with a 10 foot pole.
JarJar Binks didn't have much onscreen time, but I would say his role was pretty vital ... me-sa steel want to choke heem wees he-sa own ears dough. JarJar had become an appointed Representative in the Galactic Senate, to sit in for Senator Amidala because she kept coming under attack and her personal safety was in question. The Republic wanted to use the clone army to defend, but using clones was illegal. The only way they could do it was to have a motion passed in the Senate to give Chancellor Palpatine dictatorial power during the war, so that he could just approve the use of the clones. JarJar put the motion on the table.
They didn't explain that "Master Sifo-Dyas" was really Darth Sidious' pseudonym he used when lying to the Kaminoans that he was the Leader of the Jedi Council. I didn't think Sifo-Dyas was Sidious because I thought Obi-Wan said that Sifo-Dyas "was killed 10 years ago"... does anyone else remember hearing this? The Jedi have no idea who the Master Sith Lord really is. The Jedi only know Palpatine as the Supreme Chancellor - they don't associate him with the Jedi Order or the Sith. So, the fact that Obi-Wan said Sifo-Dyas was killed, made me think that Sifo-Dyas was another character altogether who worked for Palpatine/Sidious at one point and was killed after he did his little part.
I also want to know why the Sith want Amidala dead or at least away from Coruscant. Is it just because she's a strong voice of rationality and reason in the Senate?
Obi-Wan chasing Jango and Boba Fett through the asteroid belt was pretty nifty. I wasn't too crazy about the Gladiator-style execution or the battles. I really liked the Kaminoans. I thought Taun We had a really nice voice and a graceful walk. Kamino, on the other hand, reminds me of Vancouver. Forever. Raining.