okay, here is my 100% spoiler free review of the movie :
As a standalone movie, taken individually, it is very good. The action is intense and superb, the acting is perfect, the plot is... alright. It has of course a couple of moments when the script sorts of bends itself to accommodate the action, but it's nothing that you couldn't justify if you really wanted to, so I reckon most people will excuse that sort of quirks. It never goes close to be a plot-hole.
In the serie... It's so close to the spirit of the ep. IV, V and VI that one can pretend the first three never happened!
It embraces the 70's style to some lovely details.
And more importantly it is FULL of easter eggs. Verbal references or objects, that any fan will immediately pick up and smile to.
What I really loved in this film was the insight given to the empire/first order staff. Storm troopers are human, and that movies incarnates the enemy enough to make them realistic, plausible. Factions in a war meshed with sides of the force, not the super villains against the goodies. Of course there are some serious baddies but...
Gotta say I am very impressed by our new villain, Kylo Ren. His acting was very good. Way more subtle than I expected from anyone who'd pertain to such a cliched thing as "the dark side".
The two young leads played very well. I'd never seen John Boyega before, but I expect to see a lot of him in the future, besides the next 2 star wars, since his acting was spot on. Same as Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley. I'm also glad they took such new stars, and not anyone who carries a "face", or a character name. Like seeing Harrison Ford and going "hah! They have Han Solo/Indianna Jones in this movie!"
It's a funny action movie full of tense moment, beautiful effects, amazing chases, and I even teared up a couple of times...
But man they sure are ridding the franchise to battle. A lot of scene will appear familiar enough for you to sort of guess what is coming about. A lot of things will be borderline cliche.. But in a refreshing way, for me. A familiar way.
The only thing that makes me aggravated really, and while it's not really spoilery, some might want to truly know nothing...
GO SEE IT ASAP.
You will NOT
like getting spoilered. It's totally worth our expectations, it's a resurrection for the franchise, it's superbly shot, it made all the adults around me giddy throughout the movie... I'd rate that a good 4/5, or 4,5/5.