I'm a little bit meh about the Force Awakens.
The spoiler free version is that the action, effects, and new characters were good, but someone summarised it as feeling like Episode VIII, having skipped VII.
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From a narrative perspective, there were huge gaps in the set-up. The First Order's motivations never seem that clear. Are they trying to take over the galaxy and re-establish the Empire? Or are they trying to deal with an insurgency posed by the Resistance? Why did they blow up Hosnian for no real reason?
It's not clear where the First Order holds sway either. Some background material apparently says its in the outer rim, but the film itself doesn't. Regardless of your criticisms of Lucas, you always knew roughly what the political situation was.
Things also seem to happen off screen, violating the "show don't tell" rule: How did Poe Dameron get from Jakku back to the Resistance Base in time to pick up his spare X-Wing? How did the Luke's old lightsabre end up in a storage room at the back of a pub? And how did Han find the Falcon so quickly after losing it?
And there are a lot of plot threads set up, but most of which are left dangling. It feels a bit like Iron Man 2, where the story was secondary to paving the way for the Avengers.
It's possibly some of the above will pay off in the next film. If the Falcon was actually lost because it was used to drop Rey off on Jakku as a child, and memories were altered to hide her more effectively, then that'd at least form a consistent thread.
Lastly, I can't remember if anyone has posted it here, but Daniel Craig plays the storm trooper manipulated by the Jedi Mind Trick.