At the time of writing I've watched the movie twice, the first time on the little telly in the bedroom, the second time on the whizz-bang kit in the (seldom used) lounge room. Now, you'll all know I'm a born again Star Wars fan. So what was my verdict?
It's very hard to write this without spoilers, but I'll do my best. Suffice to say I found the lack of originality astonishing. Yes, I understand Abrams had to draw in the old die-hards like me, while at the same time catering for a fresh new crop of fans. But honestly, did he have to start yet again on a desert planet? And and and... I'll stop now.
Heroes - I like Rey. She's tough and feisty and her character is cleverly sketched in early scenes. Finn will undoubtedly develop into something more and we didn't see enough of Poe for me to comment. I thought the dialogue between Han and Leia was great, sketching in thirty years in a few sentences.
Villains - General Hux is a total nothing. He's unconvincing as a leader, and as a villain. Kylo Ren without his mask reminds me of Severus Snape with a side of childishness. I suppose he's trying too hard to emulate his hero. The sinister Supreme Leader Snoke is much more interesting. I have my own theories about this enigmatic character - but we shall see.
I'm sorry to say this, but I almost preferred the prequels to this movie. I'll no doubt watch it again. But I have to say, I hope SW8 is a bit better than this effort. I'd give it a 2.