Yes, I’m sorry, but this is my obligatory Star Wars Episode III rant. But don’t get me wrong, I’m siding with George Lucas and company.
Something that annoys the hell out of me is the fact that a lot of people seem to feel compelled to dismiss and criticize all sequals, prequels, remakes and the like. It’s as if it’s “cool” or something. I don’t think it’s cool at all. I think a lot of people watched Episode III expecting it to suck because that’s what they have grown accustomed to when it comes to sequels and prequels in general. Then, after watching it, they didn’t bother thinking about whether they liked it or not, they just went with the flow and said it was crap, because that’s what all the “cool” people are saying. I think lowering your expectations is always a good idea, but do it with an open mind. If it turns out the movie was better than you had expected, good for you. That probably means you had a good time.
As you might have realized by now, I liked Episode III. It was not as good as Episode IV or V, but it was as good, if not better than Episode VI. My ranking of the six movies (so far?) goes like this: V, IV, III, VI, II, I