Saw it tonight, had some mixed feelings about it. Please read no further if you haven't seen it and want to avoid spoilers. What I liked about it: * GREAT pacing and storytelling. * Excellent visuals/special effects. * Felt like a throwback to the first Star Wars. What I wasn't thrilled about: * Didn't find Kylo Ren all that convincing a villain, too much like "conflicted angry young man" Anakin Skywalker from the prequels. There should've been more backstory character development to explain his move to the Dark Side other than just saying it occurred when he was sent away for Jedi training. * Killing off Solo with such finality wasn't necessary aside from Harrison Ford apparently wanting to be done with the role. Ford's performance carried the movie. * The chemistry between Leia and Solo was really stilted, but I guess they did the best they could with it. I wanted her to be a bit more "fiery" in his presence but on the other hand she was suitably world-weary. * All those Brits and British accents inserted to convey "gravitas" is getting cliched. What I hope they DON'T do going forward: * Don't make Finn and Rey into feuding lovers a la Solo and Leia. Do something different with these two. * Don't make Kylo Ren and Snoke into carbon copies of Darth Vader and the emperor. * Don't make Skywalker into another Obi-Wan Kenobi. * I hope we're done with the bad guys' mega-weapon plot device. What I hope they DO going forward: * Spend more time fleshing out the new characters. * Give Rey some convincing vulnerability, less of the Xena "power chick" persona. * Less focus on fighter-in-the-sky shootouts (and shootouts in general), more focus on exploring other worlds. * Deeper exploration of the positive Force and Jedi philosophy. * Make the story lines less predictable. Please weigh in with your thoughts and observations!