Yesterday rwrylsin and I saw Star Wars ep III ... now I want to go back and read everyone else's reviews from the last few weeks, but it seems like too much effort to be trawling back through my friends page at skip=5million. Anyone want to stick some review links in the comments ?
Overall, I enjoyed it, and as some others have reported, I now have the urge to watch movies 4-6 again (except we don't own them), or play one of my various Star Wars computer games (except my computer is dead at the moment).
The dialogue was about as uninspiring as expected, the action was spectaular and shiny, and all (most of ?) the loose ends were tied off.
At the end I felt just a hint of Lord of the Rings-style "ending-itis" coming on, as if Lucas was working through a checklist of plotlines to close off or set up for 4-6. The Death Star shot was gratuitous, and doesn't fit well with the timeline of the other movies (Luke/Leia must be 20-ish in Ep IV, so that Death Star took 20 years to finish building (since it had just gone fully operational in IV), and yet the second one was mostly complete (enough to be functional) by Ep VI only a few years later ...
And at the beginning of the movie, having two giant battlecruisers lining up and firing broadsides at each other was ... very silly, by just about any standard. Big ships like that would never get so close to each other or a planet, instead staying at a good distance and fighting through long-range beam and projectile weapons and their fleets of fighter ships.
Still, that's the Star Wars series complete, unless some madness impels George Lucas to make films VII to IX (which would be completely unlike the rumoured madness inspiring a serious look at a script for Indiana Jones 4, including Harrison Ford (!) ).