Can you believe it was 1999 when "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was released and made grown men weep?
My main problem with the Episodes I to III is the casting of Anakin Skywalker. In Episode I he is ten years old, which is way too young and that makes the subsequent relationship with Queen Padmé Amidala just icky. That's a technical term.
Quite apart from the romantic entanglements still to come, he's suppossed to have salvaged & re-built a pod racer which he then flies to win a highly prestigious race. He's TEN years old.
In Episodes II to III he is played by Hayden Christensen, who seems like a thoroughly nice young man. That is exactly the problem, I don't believe he's in touch with his dark side at any point. It's more like he's in touch with his stroppy side, very different.
Peter Sarsgaard would have been so much better. He has more of a range, he's played a red neck psycho in "Boys don't Cry", an overly sensitive sniper in "Jarhead" and been really sweet in "Garden State". He would have been amazing as Anakin.
Oh well. George Lucas simply never listens to me.