Just got back from EpIII.
Finally a Star Wars Prequel worthy of the name!
I loved it. And like faesforce I really didn't like Eps 1 & 2 as movies (for toys they were okay, but as films, crapola.)
I too think it's the best after Empire.
For the ONLY time in the prequels, you actually feel for Anakin (looks like that dialogue coach paid off!) He comes off as really conflicted and instead of a whiney jerkwad, you actually buy that he's a competant Jedi and a basically decent person faced with impossible choices that basically drive him over the edge.
There are great nods to the dialogue of the old films ("I have a bad feeling about this..." etc) and finally we see actual plot points and visuals that actually feel like they lead to the OT. (The interior of the Blockade Runner actually LOOKS and feels like the OT one!)
The plot moves, there are no unnecessary diversions (i.e. Pod Racing) and you feel real emotion! (well as much emotion as a SW film can garner.)
The effects are awesome but the films story actually feels worthy of the effects, whereas in the first 2 prequels if felt like the effects were an attempt to distract you from the lack of story.
Happy SW fan once again!