I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I heard about this, but I got excited despite myself. So, as with any other STAR WARS movie, my friends and I found ourselves at Rave for the midnight premiere.
Unlike for Indiana Jones (and I hear for Dark Knight, but I wasn't able to make that one) the line was non existent. Clearly the majority of the STAR WARS community hadn't been sucked in as I had by the trailers.
Sure it isn't live action, but I thought the animation was pretty good. The story is different from the main Episodes, but it's very good and it is a lot more action oriented. The interplay between the characters is very good, like classic STAR WARS good. And it is a pleasure to see a heroic Anakin and not either the young (some might say annoying, but what 6 year old isn't?) Anakin or the emo (some might still say annoying) Anakin or the evil (some might still say annoying, and I'm beginning to wonder if people have something against Hayden) Anakin. We've heard about heroic and cool General Anakin Skywalker, but we hadn't seen him yet. Until now. (Plus, he wasn't even voiced by Hayden, so there's that).
His new Padawan was a very interesting addition. There was great interplay between her and Sky Guy (as she called him, one of her many fun nicknames, although R-twoie got on my nerves a little bit, but I did enjoy imagining that R2's beeps and boops were cursing at her every time she used it).
I'm really looking forward to the new animated series that this leads into, and after all that was the point.
Mainly, the film was a lot of fun. Good, old fashioned STAR WARS fun.
A couple other little points I noticed... it seemed like the general of the Droid Army that Kenobi and Skywalker were fighting at the beginning of the movie was totally putting on a fake Sean Connery accent, and it seemed like Ziro the Hutt, Jabba's uncle, had a bit of a Cartman (from South Park) accent going. In fact I called him Cartman the Hutt in my head. "Screw you guys, I'm going to take over the Hutts."
Until Next Time, I loved Stinky the Hutt, not even going to lie. "He's really sick. He's turning every shade of green except for the one he's supposed to be!"