As with Episode I, I ended up seeing at the absolute first possible showing. Also as with Episode I, this was completely unplanned. Except this time it was also free.
I'm not a fanboy, I swear! This just keeps happening to me, more or less by accident. I didn't even know I'd be seeing it until earlier today.
Anyway, it was pretty good, all things considered. There is some drag in the middle and Anakin is a whiny teenager, but the action scenes are exciting, Jar-Jar is barely present, and the political intrigue was interesting.
The dialogue is a bit stilted and hokey, but that's Star Wars for you. George Lucas always wants his characters to be larger than life, but he doesn't understand that the way to do that is not through use of language, but through actions.
Christopher Lee, amusingly, plays almost the exact same character as he did in Lord of the Rings. Bizarre.