Last night I saw the new Star Wars movie. I have to say it was pretty good. I agree with most of what the Times had to say. It was marred by some silly dialogue, as remarked, such as
"You're so beautiful!"
"I love you."
"No, I love you."
"No, I love you!"
And Anakin still sometimes seemed like a petulent child (why is his nickname "Annie?" isn't that gay?). There are also some silly bits about fighting for democracy and let freedom ring, but apart from that, I was impressed. Possibly it was because the movie is pretty dark. Another good decision: Jar-Jar-Binks appears only once, for about three seconds, and is completely silent.
The last fifteen minutes or so of the movie is a fairly overt transition into the aesthetic of the first three movies (Episodes 4-6), with the Nazi-esque uniforms and the 1970's starship computer buttons. That was bold, and a nice touch (I thought).