All right, as one of those people who says the OT is better than the prequels, here’s my rebuttal to your points.
From the acrobatic and intense lightsabe duels to chasing a bounty hunter through busy Corosaunt traffic, the prequel action blows the cheesy saber clashes from the origanls out of the water
Of course the action is cooler in the prequels: they were made 20 years later, with groundbreaking new special effects at their disposal. But I’d say that those “cheesy saber clashes” from the OT have a lot more heart to them than the ultimately shallow action scenes from the prequels. The duels in the OT have a ton of dramatic weight and character development keeping the audience invested, while the prequel duels tend to just be there to look cool (especially in ROTS).
Yes, Han,Lea,Vader, Lando and Luke are all amazing but it kind of stops there. Obi Wan,Qui Gon, Anakin, Mace, Grevious, Maul, Jango, all of them had such better design and presence then the original cast.
I would disagree about the lack of interesting characters: aside from the main cast, we also have the iconic duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO, and characters like Obi-Wan and Palpatine who would later become some of the best parts of the prequels. But although the prequel characters are very well designed, they suffer from the same problem of a lack of substance: aside from the main trio, they’re mostly just there to look cool and do cool things.
Anakins journey was allot more fun than Luke’s, we got to see him as a kid, see what tormented him growing up, we see the amazing connection with him and Obi Wan, and ultimately the tragedy of him losing everything he had aqquired throughout the trilogy.
I agree that Anakin is a more interesting protagonist in concept, but the execution of his character arc was a lot worse than Luke’s. He constantly changes personality for very little reason: from a happy-go-lucky kid, to an angsty mass murderer, to a snarky action hero, and then back to an angsty mass murderer. Meanwhile, although Luke’s arc is a lot more simple, it’s consistent and well-developed, allowing the audience to identify with him much more than they do with Anakin.
That’s just my opinion though: it’s fine that you prefer the prequels to the OT, but I just wanted to say why I don’t.