Laughably skips the entire build-up of the first two prequel movies by ending the Clone Wars in one anti-climatic sequence in two minutes, even if it is great to finally see how the evil emperor Palpatine (scene-stealing Ian McDiarmid) finally breaks the arrogant Jedi and destroy everyone on his path in what ends up being the most somber and tragic chapter in the saga. Needed a lot better dialogue and writing though.
Let's be real here: this film isn't that bad. It's actually pretty good. Anakin's story is very moving and almost relatable, as his struggle between the dark and light reflects a humanity that hasn't really been seen in Star Wars. It goes beyond the typical "good vs evil PEW PEW PEW BOOOM" Star Wars story and does something different. It could've CERTAINLY been done better, but people rip on this film way too hard.
A story that was a sole purpose of the entire second trilogy comes to light in all its glory as a great tragedy on multiple levels filled with emotions that were previously so absent; and it's a worthy introduction to a great mythology. Each character has not one but couple of great moments that are among the highlights of the entire saga. Fall of the Republic and rise of the Empire mightily overshadow bad CGI.
In every movie, I absolutely had feelings lean to empathize and sympathise with the villain but Darth Vader of new Star Wars Trilogy's killed all of my Anakin Skywalker expectations I've imagined when I've watched Vader in Star Wars IV-V and VI. He was always too weak, looser and annoying. I think Kenobi should have asked a question instead of being sorry at the end: "How were you the chosen one!?"