Saw Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
It was pretty good. It’s about the best that could be hoped for, I guess, given that it’s a continuation of the other two prequels. The opening space battle may be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
If you saw the New York Times review, the gist of it was “Writing and acting aside, it’s a pretty good movie.” And that’s about right. All the dialogue is inadequate, and the scenes between Anakin and Padme are staggeringly awful. They’re much harder to watch than any of the (surprisingly dark) scenes of violence. And like the other Star Wars prequels, there are frequent moments where you wonder just who the hell could have possibly thought that this was a good idea, like when Obi-Wan Kenobi rides around on a giant cartoon lizard.
The thing is, the story itself is really pretty cool, and if you just sort of imagine each scene playing out with strong writing and acting, you can almost imagine the movie being very powerful. Probably the closest the movie actually comes to achieving this is when the clone troopers betray and massacre the jedi. Uncoincidentally, these scenes involve no dialogue.