So I saw it last night and despite one MAJOR flaw - I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved how vicious Kylo Ren's lightsaber was. Technically Luke's was too. I do hope in the next one there is more elegant use of them but I was absolutely satisfied with what I saw.
I laughed out loud more than I thought I would despite the fact that it couldn't leave anyone without getting it. And George Lucas's reaction was correct after seeing it "it's a film the fans want." I got to a point before the end, knowing it was coming, that I was praying for another hour.. I even tried settling for 45 more minutes. Sadly it came though. Any movie that is over 2 hours to me and you just want there to be more is a good sign that you liked it.
It was really hard for me to be critical about the movie other than the fact that a lot of what is seen happened in the original trilogy.. and I mean a lot. This movie is sure going to sell a lot of toys - but we all knew that Disney wasn't stupid paying what they did for the rights to it.
I'm going to see it again tomorrow afternoon so maybe my childhood blinders will be off and I can look at it more critically. But one thing I won't forget, no matter how much it seems to copy other star wars plot lines. I had HUGE expectations for this film and I absolutely loved it. It's crazy to know the story now and think they're already filming the next one! Rian Johnson must have really been involved in Vii's script..
I know this was a bad start to the discussion - I just need to talk and no one at work has seen it yet!