Just saw it today. Empire Strikes Back much?!
I'm really quite disappointed at the unoriginality of the story - taken directly from ESB. Characterisation was cursory. I liked the idea of the power struggle between Kylo and the (cartoonishly fascist) general (or whatever he was) but like so much in this movie was shallowly explored.
Kylo was weedy and useless and would never have attained his position on his own merits. Fin was straight out of any one of a million US action movies, as was Pau.
Rae was delightful and convincing. Her stupid little robot was inane. Han, hamish. Chewy played no other role than a comedy backboard.
The space action scenes were unimaginatively choreographed.
OK, let's find the positives - Rae, a standout character (and actress), Luke, brief, but cool. Leia, understated and nicely matriarchal, but I'd like to have seen her more 'at work'.
The yoda-replacement bar-owner was likeable but predictable. The sets were excellent.
Overall 5/10. Other than to find out where Rae came from and whether Luke can bring some storyline I'm not overly excited by the prospect of the next one...
I saw this back during holiday, actually we were going to the theatre to see Joy, but it was sold out and as Stars Wars was showing in like 5 different theaters we ended up having to see this.
My take on this closely mirrors yours Siz which is why I quoted you...plus for me, there were too many remarkable concurrences of events in this movie, first BB-8 escapes and is found by Rey, (I'm also curious how this robot rolls on sand?) then Rey encounters Finn
and they team up, find the Millennium Falcon which is just sitting in a junk yard on this strange desert planet, somehow this spacecraft is still not only operational, but apparently fairly simple to operate. Then once in space they just happen to come across the Millennium Falcon's previous owner (Sort of like hitting the Powerball) who also happens to be the infamous Han Solo and the Walking Carpet.
I'm not a big Harrison Ford fan, I thought his acting in the first Star Wars was horrible, though I did enjoy his Indian Jones movies, well the first two...anyway I was expecting a huge, dramatic, tear-jerking scene to take place on the bridge between him and Kylo, but it was very anti-clamatic for me. I like Adam Driver, but not sure he was right choice for this role.
I think Rey is either related to Obi Wan Kenobi or maybe Yoda...
It was okay for me, better than the prequels, and fairly close to the original movie...I'm more into Science Fiction than Science Fantasy so I'm not that big of a fan (Its more or less an interstellar soap opera right?).
Probably worth it to see it on the big screen rather than wait to watch it at home on your tv or laptop...it was refreshing not to be overloaded with CGI stuff...I really liked Rey in this movie, a lot, in fact without her I would have been bored...really love her character and thought Daisy portrayed her quite well.
I'll give it 3 digits out of 5.