I have so many mixed feelings about this movie.
I had a BLAST watching it, but afterwards when the lights came on and I started thinking about what I had seen, things started coming apart:
1) The map to Luke - where did it come from? Why was it in Artoo? Who put it there? Luke? Why would he do that instead of just leaving a cell phone number? Why a map, why not coordinates? Why did Artoo suddenly wake up at that exact moment? Why did Lor San Tekka have the map in the first place? Everyone was acting like he and Maz were important characters and old friends. Why the hell didn't Leia go looking for Luke at the end when she's spent so much time doing so? Why did she just hug Rey, they hadn't even met? Why is it Rey who's the one who goes?
2) Kylo Ren and Rey - they're obviously close to the same age, yet Rey was left on Jakku as a very young girl, which means that either Kylo Ren wiped out everyone at the Jedi academy when he was 10, or he has very good plastic surgery to keep him youthful looking. Basically, the timelines don't add up. Also Kylo....Driver was great, but man, what an edgelord. I expected him to crank My Chemical Romance, start cutting himself, and yelling "how do you like me now DAD??" after he killed Han.
3) Rey - she was the character I had the biggest issue with. She's an ace scavenger, an amazing fighter, can pilot and fix the Millennium Falcon better than Han Solo, learns Jedi Mind Tricks on the fly, is an almost perfect shot with a blaster, suddenly becomes the best swordswoman around, beating a guy who's been practicing with lightsabers for years, is the best at the Force, everyone loves her instantly and is willing to die for her, and don't even think about thinking she would need rescuing or help because she can do it herself.....like holy shit, she's a fanfiction self-insert character. I hate to use the term Mary-Sue, but jesus. I get that she's probably a memory-wiped Skywalker, but even Anakin wasn't this perfect, and he was the Chosen One.
4) Coincidences - I know that Star Wars is based on coincidences, but they just seem to be too much of a stretch. Rey and Finn just happen to run by the Falcon, which happens to have its doors open and its keys in the ignition, then they just happen to be close enough to Han for him to register them on his sensors, Rey just happens to find Luke's saber at Maz's, who just happened to have it, Chewie just happens to find Rey and Finn in the middle of the forest, Artoo just happens to wake up at the end of the movie in time to provide his part of the map. Gah.
5) Rehashing. This movie went beyond "poetry". Just because you acknowledge something is a rehash in the movie doesn't forgive you from doing it (this is just like the Death Star). From the droid and hero on the dessert planet, to the Cantina scene in Maz's castle, to the frigging Death Planet superweapon, with an X-wing only trench run.....wew. Beat for beat, this movie was a New Hope redone. It also seems like the events of the first 6 movies were rendered inconsequential. There's still an Empire, there's still a scrappy and under-funded Rebellion at a secret base using stunt-fighters, Han Solo has become a smuggler again, there's only one Jedi alive and in hiding.....not only did nothing happen in 30 years, but everything was reset.
6) Luke Skywalker didn't say a word. Even worse, after waiting so long for a sequel, and hyping the return of the original cast so hard all year, they didn't even have the decency to give us ONE scene with Han, Leia and Luke reunited in it together. If there was ONE thing that every fan probably wanted, it was that. And now they never will. This pisses me off so much......
7) Snoke looked like Gollum, and Hux was a one-note.
This movie was fun, and felt like a roller coaster watching it. I thought Finn and Boyega were incredible, as were Poe and Solo. Leia seemed a bit rough to me.
Anyway, the more I think about it, the more disappointed I'm becoming. I wasn't even planning on typing out this much. Maybe a rewatch will help change my mind......