Lots of comments here I'd like to reply to, but then the board would crash due to volume. So I'll stick to a few that I remember after reading through it all.
Acting in Star Wars : Not even a great actor can do anything with a terrible plot and lousy dialogue. I was fortunate (and I really mean that) to see Ewan McGregor on stage in London, and he IS
a wonderful actor. And while I may not think the world of him, I will admit Samuel L. Jackson is also a very good actor. Both of them just plain suck in the new trilogies. I can't really attribute it as their fault, though, more of bad directing and terrible screenplay. The lone exception here, ofcourse, is Hayden Christensen, who is even worse than that little fucker Jake Lloyd was.
However, I think that if Star Wars HADN'T been so overly awesome to 99.999999% of the population, (except our one lone dissenting voice ;P) everyone would be a lot more forgiving of the new trilogy. Episode one actually has a pretty good story, especially if you figure out the entire underlying reasoning behind it, ie it's nothing more than a plot for Palpatine (the Emperor to be, for those who haven't figured that out yet) to take control of the Senate.
Episode 2 was a pretty decent action flick, with amazing CGI. Most movies can get by on that, but because it's Star Wars, and we all have this perception of just how cool the new trilogy would have HAD to be, it falls short of our lofty expectations.
Sorry dave, but expectations are, in my opinion, one of the biggest reasons why people don't like otherwise very decent movies. If you expect a movie or a game, or whatever, to be something, and then find out it's NOT like that, you will always automatically be disappointed, no matter how good it was. A buddy of mine doesn't like the Lord of the Rings movies. He hates them in fact. Why? Because when we heard that Peter Jackson was doing a LotR trilogy, we talked about how it should be, how it should look, what should be focussed on etc. And he built up this incredible expectation, only to be let short, and thus he didn't like it. I was able to let go of those lofty expectations before I went to go see it, I didn't expect it to be much, and came out VERY pleasantly surprised.
As for George Lucas messing with the Jedi (and lots of other parts that were considered canon), well, unfortunately it's his Intellectual Property and he can do with it whatever he wants to. It's a shame, however, that he didn't simply accept the fact that the Expanded Universe came up with answers to all the questions on its own, and did a FAR better job of explaining it than he ever could.
And it wasn't the Jedi's lack of emotion that pissed me off the most. It was that lightsabers all of a sudden can apparently BURN
through a two feet thick steel door.
As for the whole Matrix phenomenon, at first I thought it was really cool that the Wachowskis wrote a separate script for the game that would coincide with the script of the movie, and that there would be animes to explain some other points etc, but once Shiny managed to fuck it up so badly, this decision backfired on them tremendously. Because now you have parts of the movie that cannot be explained unless someone is willing to sit and play through what has to be one of the most badly conceived action games in a long time, just to get the whole story.
And what's even worse is that, apparently, this is going to be repeated for the third movie... Anyone care to hazard a guess just badly Shiny will manage to fuck up this new game, considering they had about six months to make it?
Still, I'll happily go and see Revolutions on the day it comes out.