Alright, so I went into this film with mixed feelings. I wasn't so sure after either, overall it was great, despite some flaws. But I like it even better now, and I think I'll enjoy it even more if I (which I plan to) see it again. So right off the bat, JJ Abrams did a good job hiding things. Luke was not a Sith, one of the biggest rumors of the entire movie turned out to be completely false. And the most significant plot points are ones that I don't think many people were speculating about. Or at least I wasn't.
So the new characters are amazing. Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe are great characters. The "old gang' has definitely had their time, sue me, but you know it's true. Rey is the main character of TFA and will probably be for 8 and 9 as well. She's a good heroine, she can shoot stormtroopers and brain people with her stick, and not have to have an attitude about it, unlike so many other female characters who can't be satisfied with being a warrior and have to be sarcastic and annoying as well. Rey has a lot of mysteries and none of them are really answered in the film, but it leaves us with thinking that she must be Luke's daughter, but JJ might just be trying to fool us.
Finn is meanwhile a Stormtrooper who was raised from birth to fight. The new stormtroopers aren't clones though, which would allude to some sort of under-handed method the First Order uses to raise soldiers. Finn is actually "FN2187" a serial number from which Poe Dameron derives the name, "Finn". Finn and Rey gang up when they have to escape from the First Order which is attacking them on Jakku,they take the Millenium Falcon (stolen from Han, then being stolen repeatedly by various parties, finally ending up on Jakku) And then after they escape they are captured by Han Solo, and Chewie, who are running a business with a barge ship thingy whatever. Han gets visited by some guys that he apparently owes money to but they manage to escape, of course. This is just after Finn had defected, and rescued Poe from the First Order, but they were shot down on Jakku, and the two got seperated, and then Finn met Rey, and Poe's droid BB-8, who had been found by Rey. Also, unlike I previously thought, Finn is not a force user, but uses Luke's lightsaber out of necessity, as does Rey, but Rey can and actually does use the force, much too easily I thought, but after all, it is called "The Force Awakens" isn't it?
Rey and Finn are the romance of the film too, and their cute relationship is a nice break from the overly dramatic (and largely emotionless) one of Anakin and Padme's and has less of the tiring, back and forth sarcastic jabs that characterized much of Han and Leia's relationship in the originals.
Poe meanwhile, the now heartthrob of every female SW fan is supposedly the "best pilot in the galaxy" and is a pretty important character but is less involved in the more pivotal plot points compared to Rey and Finn.
Kylo Ren, the new villain
Kylo Ren is pretty cool. But that's not the big deal. He is BEN SOLO, Han and Leia's son.
Kylo was training with Luke, but he turned to the dark side, slaughtered all of Luke's pupils and Luke hit the hermit button and vanished to an unknown location. Kylo has some pretty amazing force skills, able to stop a blaster bolt in mid air, read minds, and stop people from moving by holding them in place with the force. Now this is the part that upsets everybody: Kylo Ren kills his own father. HAN SOLO DIES. This was unfortunately, one spoiler that I knew about, on accident. Han Solo has a fairly sizable part in the movie, but his death was something that needed to happen. My sister read a blog post and it said that the film needed to be bold and "do something" and Han can't really contribute to the plot any longer. And YES HE IS DEAD, HE GOT STABBED WITH A LIGHTSABER, FELL DOWN A ABYSS AND THE WHOLE PLANET EXPLODED, HE AIN'T COMING BACK.
Kylo Ren has a bad temper too, illustrated by the following gifs:
And it is interesting to note, that Kylo just wears a helmet for style, not like Vader who needed it to survive.
A new super-weapon is featured in the movie as well, I am calling it the "Sun Gun" it was basically a huge weapon built into a planet that fired several projectiles at a time and could destroy several planets at a time. Killing billions of people is starting to get too mainstream, and it getting destroyed at the end of the movie was super cliche, but the scene where General Hux is giving a really hard core speech and then the weapon getting used was pretty impressive.
The First Order has a strange leader too, Supreme Leader Snoke, who appears as a giant hologram, and isn't one of the most impressive ideas, but isn't all that bad.
And Rey finds Luke at the end. It is almost a cliff hanger ending. Luke just stands there and says nothing, while Rey is holding out his old lightsaber.