Still a slog to get through, but some well done elements. The foundation for the story is there, but the writing and pacing never help it exceed beyond just a foundation.
Aspects of Darth Vader creep in here and there in Anakin’s character, but because most of his dialogue is whiny, it’s hard to think of him as the all powerful dark lord of the Sith he becomes.
Still, the scene involving Anakin’s mother is well done and I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy the arena battle at the end of the film. Plus, Yoda wielding a lightsaber is also pretty friggin awesome!