So I went on Saturday at noon at the mall near me and this is my take on it:
I LIKED IT ALOT!
So I read the Young Jedi Knights books as a kid and my mom told me about a lot of the happenings in the Expanded Universe since she read a ton of the books. Here's what I know from the books:
Hans and Leia get married and have three kids - twins Jacen and Jaina and then Anakin. Luke marries Mara Jade (Emperor's Hand) and has a kid, Ben. Luke starts a Jedi Academy on Yavin IV. Jacen is good with animals but turns to the dark side and is totes evil until he gets killed, Jaina is good with mechanical stuff and is an amazing pilot, and Chewie dies saving Anakin. And there are clones. You think someone is gone but nope. Except Chewie - he's totally dead. His nephew Lowbacca (Lowie) is friends with Jacen and Jaina and they go to the Jedi Academy.
So in the movie, I was super happy that Chewie doesn't die! He might be my favorite character from the Original and Prequel Trilogies. I was so tense every time he was on the screen - he and Han walking down corridors with Chewie in the back and not looking behind him was too stressful. I'm thinking Rey is Luke's daughter. Since they gave Ben to Han and Leia, I'm thinking Rey is Jaina and is Luke's daughter. UPDATE: I'm now thinking Rey could be a Kenobi, since she has the British accent.
I liked BB-8! I was worried that he wouldn't live up to the hype, but they gave him personality and he had good chemistry with the cast.
Overall, two thumbs up :) :) :) and I will totally see it again.