I agree with you Steve. I went to see it last night and it absolutely blew me away.
The start of the film was a bit slow to get going, but I didn't mind a) because I am an absolute fan of the series and b) the anticipation of the action at the end was worth it.
I had been waiting for years to see Yoda with a lightsaber and I was suprised to learn how much of the later trilogy storyline has already begun to unfold --- "if the Jedi knew what we were building we would all be doomed".
Good to see how Boba Fett came to be and why he has his dislike for the Jedi.
Superb, I will be going to see it again.
My only gripe is I want to kick Master Yoda and Mace Windu and ask them why they can't sense a disturbance in the force when around Chancellor Palpatine - the Dark Lord of the Sith and later to be the Emperor of the Galactic Republic...
Thought the film was pretty good - effects are sure impressive. It's all building up nicely to the third film, just have to wait until 2005 for that now!
Just one problem. When all of the prequels are out, and people start having Star Wars weekends, watching all the films back to back.. the first 3 are going to seem really old in comparison