I thought that the Star Wars trilogy was improving with each episode--- which is why I was so let down by Episode I.
I think you're right, though, about the age group I was in. when I saw the original star wars, it was magic, awesome, and I feel like I left the theater in 'shell shock' from what I'd seen. I was prolly 6 or 7 years old.
One of my problems with Episode 1 was the conflict between the Jar-Jar's and the rival race that they learned to get along with. They thought we were stupid....we thought they were stupid....
I didn't think Darth Maul was very scary, and I wanted some of the gory stuff from the other movies. Like taun taun guts spilling into the snow, hands getting cut off, some of the more shocking stuff. it seemed a little "G" rated.
I thought Starship Troopers was a lot better than Episode one.
Don't get me wrong-- I hope Lucas is teasing us with a "campy kids movie" and has something darker, scarier, and more 'raw' in store for us.
Sometimes, the sequel is better-- When I waited for Episode one to come out, I was thinking: If Lucas could make star wars with hardly any money at all, then he'll be able to perform miracles with all his current resources.
Does anyone else think Episode one looked more like a Jim Hensen production than something from LucasArts?