Time to post my thoughts.
I hate typing long posts on my phone and this is the first I've been on my PC in a few days.
I fucking loved this movie.
I was pretty sure I did after the first viewing, but it was so much to take in and absorb. My second viewing earlier today cemented it. I was able to relax a bit more and enjoy it and catch a few more things.
Sure, I have my nit picks, but like Jim said, the awesomness outweighed the small stuff.
I went in pretty spoiler-free, but many of my suspicions were true, like Luke having a small cameo and Han's death. Considering the well-known fact Harrison Ford wanted Han killed in Jedi, as soon as he signed on, I figured it was a one-picture deal.
The humor didn't bother me at all.
The callbacks didn't bother me either (12 parsecs, Finn finding the remote, etc.).
The only real superfluous scene was the one aboard Han's new freighter. Most if that could have been easily cut. The creatures looked like terrible, Men In Black style aliens. And the gangs were pointless.
Han: Sure, everyone changes somewhat over the years, but this was the vintage, snarky Han Solo we know and love. I didn't think his actions since Jedi were unbelievable at all. When couples lose a child it can often shatter the relationship.
As for Han being a shitty smuggler? I seem to recall him pissing off a Hutt once because of a botched job. In fact, that is the only smuggling job we heard any details about, so he never really had a glowing track record.
Rey and Finn: Great additions to the universe and probably some of the best acting we've had since Harrison Ford.
There is no way in Hell that Rey isn't a Skywalker. I think Luke dropped her off and somehow wiped her mind to keep her safe. She taps into the force pretty easily, much like a young human boy that could fly podracers. She is called to the lightsaber and seeing key points in Luke's life while hearing familiar voices. And the one that sealed it for me: When she gets the lightsaber and ignites it to face Kylo Ren - the Skywalker theme.
The Droids: BB8 was great. He has as much life and expressiveness as Artoo and Threepio. Threepio was underused, but it fit with the story they were telling. Artoo was one of my biggest disappointments. Why he was in his droid coma was so unclear - did Luke do it, or did he do it because Luke left? Either way makes no sense. I read a bit about how/why Artoo wakes up. According to Abrams, Artoo has had that info in his memory banks since the Death Star and it was BB8 that told him he had the missing piece. I guess Artoo heard him and woke up. None of this is even remotely clear in the flick, so take it for what it is.
Poe Dameron: Great character. Hopefully he gets a lot more screen time in Episode VIII. When he showed up at Maz's place my friend leaned over and said, "Um, did I miss something?"
Kylo Ren: A lot has been said about his power inconsistency. He has a lot of training ahead of him. He is, emotionally, very childlike. I think that he thinks he is really powerful and he is strong when he feels in control and people fear him. He clearly doesn't have control when his emotions get in the way. Every time he encounters resistance, he falters. His lightsaber skills leave a lot to be desired. Sure, he beats Finn, but so does a Stormtrooper. Rey gets the best of him the first time she uses one.
Phasma: I was surprised how little she was in it.
Snoke: Snoke is Plagueis was the one big spoiler I heard before the seeing the movie, and thankfully it turned out to be false (so far). I love everyone's WTF moment when we all thought he was 20 feet tall.
One thing that bugs me a little bit is the massive new EU setups all throughout.
The missing years detailing Han's 2 minute backstory about Luke, the Jedi, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren and Snoke. That felt like at least one missing movie, possibly a trilogy.
Poe's missing chunk of story.
Rey's early years - before Luke dropped her off on Jakku and after.
Han and Chewie's new smuggling adventures.
"As they say in China, 'Arrivederci'!"
*For the creation of the Golden Deuce Award.