Saw a screening of The Force Awakens last night in the Lucasfilm screening theatre with other people from ILM and some special guests (like the mayor of SF heh). I absolutely loved the movie. But you already knew I was going to say that.
Yes, it is a lot of the same formula from the original trilogy. No, it’s not a remake. In my opinion, it was the perfect mix of new and old. JJ did a great job with staying true to what made the original series amazing while still introducing new character that you really felt for.
There are also some major spoiler moments so be careful out there on the internets if you want to see it first!