As an aside, the prequels and all their senate debating and talks of trade deals and blockades etc must have really rankled with you then. I don;t remember that kind of geo-political sensibility being present in the land of Oz
What always made the first movie work for me was its perfect fusion of disparate action movie genres with fantasy and myth. The Jedi and The Force are high fantasy elements. All the sci fi gear in the world can't alter the fact that at its core, Star Wars is basically about Samurai Wizards.