You have to understand that I grew up with The Phantom Menace. I was the same age as Ani when that movie released, so he was practically my friend. Given, he's a bit more annoying today, but I can tolerate that part. Additionally, Qui-Gon is by far my favorite Jedi and Darth Maul is my favorite character of the entire series. I honestly don't know why so many people hate TPM. If anything, you should at least be able to tolerate the former half of the movie in anticipation of the Maul fight scene. But hopefully my liking TPM is somewhat justified by my two favorite Star Wars characters only appearing in that film.
Jar Jar is Jar Jar. There really isn't much to say besides, again, I was a kid. Even today, though, the Gungans are exponentially better than the Ewoks. Definitely. At least the Gungans have interesting weaponry.
EDIT: I guess this wouldn't be the best time to mention that, because I like the prequel trilogy, I'd much rather see a prequel trilogy to the prequel trilogy than a sequel trilogy to the original trilogy—and nothing would even be happening, since the rise of the Sith occurs in TPM. I'd love to watch three whole movies about Dooku's training, Qui-Gon's apprenticeship to Dooku and then Dooku's separation.