Max & I broke off and went and saw this movie tonight. It was awesome.
For those of you not in the know, Cartoon Network ran a bunch of shorts a few years ago that were eventually released on DVD that covered some of the events of the Clone Wars, the stuff that happens between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. They were extremely popular, and had a distinctive character style which blended well with Lucas' universe, being its own thing while maintaining continuity with the something else. Anyway, they were good enough to spawn this, the CGI theatrical release currently unspooling at your local MegaUltraGoogolScreenPlex 4000.
Everything you have not enjoyed about the last three Star Wars films is not in here. Not directed by Lucas, for starters. No: People crying, standing around looking serious for minutes a time, people making tortured decisions and then explaining holy fuck out of them using wooden delivery - we've got none of that. No whiny Anakin, either. The one interaction between Padme and Anakin happens via holograpy. We've got treacherous droids, fantastic light saber duels, backstabbing & androgynous Hutts, breathtaking action sequences, humor, Obi-Wan being super cool, Clone Troopers Rex & Cody proving that Clones have a soul, and most importantly, Ahsoka Tano, who is a breath of fresh air in terms of Star Wars characters. She was great. Not enough Mace Windu or Yoda, but what are you gonna do?
Max & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, something we can't do together during every Star Wars movie. It's not very cerebral, it doesn't want anything from you, there's no complex emotional content - and these are all good things from a movie about imaginary people who are fighting a laser-based war on mythical planets. This is Star Wars not taking itself so fucking seriously. And it's about time, too.