Kevin Smith has spoken. The director occasionally known as Silent Bob has declared Episode III to be (and I quote) "quite simply, fucking awesome." He also proclaims that it's a thousand times darker than Empire and says that it will satisfy all the fans, even those alienated by Eps I and II.
Or, in his own words:
Look, this is a movie I was genetically predisposed to love. I remember being eight years old, and reading in "Starlog" that Darth Vader became the half-man/half-machine he was following a duel with Ben Kenobi that climaxed with Vader falling into molten lava. Now, twenty six years later, I finally got to see that long-promised battled - and it lived up to any expectation I still held. I was sad to see the flick end, but happy to know it's not the end of the "Star Wars" universe entirely (I've read stuff about a TV show...).
Lots of spoilers here, so read 'em if you want to. But don't blame me if you do.
And if you want more Kevin Smithness, try the My Boring-Ass Life blog on the ViewAskew website.