Oh, yeah! Despite the hype (maybe because of the hype) this movie still might have been a turkey. It’s not. It is an enjoyable, self-contained adventure with plenty of hooks backward and forward.
Good story. Good character development. Good misdirection and foreshadowing. Large scale and intimate. Hope and fear. Tragedy and triumph. Epic.
I have seen every Star Wars movie during the week it was first released. Yes, I saw Episode IV, as they now call it, in 1977. The Force Awakens ranks with the best of the first six episodes.
Quibbles. I saw the normal format movie in a normal theater. Many camera pans dissolved into blurs. This picture cries for 48 frames per second. The sound track was too loud.
I’ll revise this in a couple of weeks to tell you how I really feel, but any meaningful discussion will involve spoilers.
For now: go, see it.