It has been on HBO almost every day, so I am able to flip in and out of certain parts just to see if they hold up, and I have to admit I find myself laughing at key parts of the movie now.
-The turn scene is so bad, it is just poorly executed. What should have been the crowning jewel of the PT is just awkward and doesn't make sense.
-The whole Padme/Anakin/Obiwan meeting on Mustafar, which I thought was pretty good opening night, is laughable now, "You will not take her from me!" I really think Hayden is just a bad actor.
-The first 25 minutes in saving Palpatine just drags now, and I think I know why. Opening night it was the first time you get to see Anakin/Obiwan as good friends working together, but now you realize that should have been shown in AOTC, as that whole opening is a waste of time.
-General Grevious is almost a cartoon character, his voice, his movements, another boring part that drags is the fight between him and Kenobi
-Of course the building of Vader and, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" I crack up everytime. I would give any amount of money to see James Earl Jones face when he got the script for his Darth Vader reading, "This is it George?"
-There are still a couple of really good parts, like when Padme & Anakin stare across the Coruscant sky at each other with the eerie music playing, and notice it works cause there is no dialogue?
But I have to say this movie may be worse than AOTC & TPM, cause ROTS is just one big mess that feels like Lucas was tying together everything he forgot to put in the first two episodes. I know this isn't a pro-ROTS site to begin with, and that was not my point to just bash the movie, but it struck me how much I really liked this last year, and now I think the movie is borderline laughable in so many scenes. ROTS was my last hope at tying the PT to the OT. As Obiwan says in the movie, "Well then you are lost."
I think he is right, and come September 12th, when I have my O-OT DVD's, I will have no traces of the PT whenever I watch SW anymore.
The white flag goes up signally my thoughts on the PT.