The blowback against this mediocre film has got to be one of the biggest overreactions in history. This movie is 100% fine. It’s not a world-changing masterwork (because it couldn’t be under literally any circumstances), but it’s not garbage. In fact, most of the problems with it are garden variety for prequels of any sort. The rest of the problems come from sheer unchecked ambition/ego, which I have difficulty faulting, considering ambition/ego is what got us Star Wars in the first place.
So yeah, it’s very mediocre, but whatever. There are shades of greatness smattered throughout, especially during the final act where multiple battles are unfolding simultaneously. Masterful staging.
I quote my friend and I replace Star Trek with Star Wars: “Even bad Star Wars is better than no Star Wars.”