I liked it! It's definitely worth seeing if you love Star Wars, though there are some oddities. The production nailed the visual aesthetic of the original three chapters, I really liked the reliance on real location shooting over the prequels CG vistas. I thought the pacing in the second half of the movie to be great too though the first half of the movie was way too frenetic and seemed more interested in non stop action. I haven't totally digested how I feel about the story. I find myself wishing they had gone a more original route with the story. Honestly I found it kind of distracting that it clung so heavily to the formula of A New hope. Hero resistance fighter gets captured but not before sending his pet droid on a journey to deliver a secret message that just may save the galaxy. Subsequently said droid gets taken in by an orphaned teenager with latent force powers that happens to live in on a sand planet. Meanwhile the evil remnants of the empire are building a super duper extraduper Death Star out of a planet that can blow up other planets in other star systems. You know how it got really old really fast in the now defunct EU novels when every other crazy warlord was comming up with a new super weapon of the week? Well, I cringed hard that they were *again* blowing up the death star with x-wings. There was even a trench run. In many respects the film acts more like a reboot or even a remake, in which case it's just weird that the film really really expects that you have seen the original trilogy. As a jumping off point, for anyone *not* versed in Star Wars, the film would be awful because it never gets to a point where it explains anything about the force or what the journey Ray/Rey (??) is making or who Han, Leia, the Republic, the Resistance are. Who is Vader, and why does Kylo Ren care?. The end scene pay off would make no sense to anyone who does not know Star Wars... But really though, who doesn't know Star Wars? In that respect I would have liked it if they branched out a little more. The movie also makes a point of telling us that the new Imperial stand-ins are abducting kids and brain washing them, so no they aren't clones... oh, and just in case them murdering a whole village isn't enough to make you believe they are evil, there's an embarassing scene where one of the two main baddies addresses his storm troopers and seems to be channeling Hitler. It was just way too on the nose for me). Anyway, the finer points of the story aside I did like the film. When I ignore all that, it's entertaining, and more that I was expecting for a new Star Wars movie. There's a lot of fun moments. The characters are all pretty good. There's lots of weird aliens. Finn was a nice touch. I liked the idea of the Storm Trooper with a conscience . Kylo Ren was an ok bad guy. I really don't think the movie needed to try and do Vader all over, but since they went that route anyway, at least they made him a sniveling brat with a temper problem that is concerned with living up to Vader's reputation. The Poe character seems destined for the "Solo" role in the next installment. Luke Skywarker is now filling in for Ben kenobi at the point where Luke finds him in A New Hope. And of course the best part of the new Star Wars? There were quite a few awesome spaceship battles, mostly involving X-Wings Vs Tie-Fighters. The chase with the Falcon on Jakku was pretty good too.