I saw it yesterday and loved it.
Thanks to the internet, I knew beforehand that Han died, but I decided to assume it was fake until proven otherwise. When the time came I realised it was true but that didn’t make it any less heart-pounding at all, in fact it almost made it work better, cause all I could think was WHEN was it going to happen.
I thought the special effects were great and carried some weight to them. The lightsabers were especially good. Why did it take them 7 films to realise that it makes the effects more convincing if the sabers actually cast light on their surroundings? That was a neat little touch that really went a long way.
Kylo Ren was a reasonably interesting villain, although I’m not sure if I like him taking his mask off. Did he die at the end or was he recovered?
The story was interesting. Even if it was derivative of ANH, I still found myself genuinely wondering if things were going to end well for the heroes.
I liked seeing Luke at the end, even if his appearance just screamed “Stay tuned for Episode VIII!”
All in all, it was a great film that I definitely want to watch again.