1. The politics were really poorly explained
The Republic. The First Order. The Resistance. So, after the Empire was defeated, we know the Republic was re-created. The First Order appears to be trying to reclaim the galaxy from the Republic; I don't get what "the Resistance" is.... it seems like a ragtag group that is funded by the Republic to combat the First Order. The First Order has a major death star, they have huge battle cruisers, and seem to be a pretty big deal, so I'm confused about why the Republic just put a few people in charge of taking the bad guys down. Wouldn't the Republic put all its effort into stopping a potential resurgence of the Empire? This whole thing doesn't make sense and seems like it was only put in place to replicate the feel of the original trilogy.
2. Did the First Order win?
So they used their death star 3.0 to blow up like 5 planets, seemingly wiping out the Republic with the press of a button. This is a pretty huge event of galactic significance and it was handled so nonchalantly in the movie. The guy gives an impassioned speech, blows up the planets, and there's just a "wow look @ those explosions" reaction. It seemed so random because such a significant event should have a huge plot point, but it was barely even a side step on the story, hardly recognized by any of the characters involved. But basically, even though the First Order failed to find Luke, they literally took over the galaxy.
Unless I just mis-read the whole situation, but I feel like it was implied that they just destroyed the Republic's power center, thereby opening the door for them to dominate the galaxy again. Pretty big deal if you ask me!
3. Kylo Ren was really flawed, and I loved it
I really enjoyed how flawed he was as a character. From what I gather, he was being trained by Luke and things went sour and he turned evil, but he's still not even a full jedi (does not have the title of Darth yet); he's barely above a trainee's level. He's emotionally weak and unstable, and he was bested several times. This really opens the door for so much character development and it could go so many different directions.
I loved his tantrums, I like the fact that he wore a mask even though he didn't have to, really shows that his whole perception on things is skewed. It'd be neat to see him mature into a pure evil villain as the story progresses.
4. There was no tension at the end at all
So the dialogue was incredible, but one of the problems with it is that they were TOO campy with it when they shouldn't have been. There was 0 gravity/tension with respect to destroying Death Star 3.0 because they talked about it so nonchalantly the whole time. Poe literally said "alright so we just take down the shield, blow up the balance thingy, and destroy the planet... sounds ez." They also seemed to accomplish their mission insanely easily, none of the characters struggled even remotely. Finn and Han, just the 2 of them (Note in Episode 6 it took an entire battle force of Rebels + Ewok army to take down the deflector shields) were able to disable to the shield with practically no effort. They ran into Chrome Storm Trooper lady and bullied her into deactivating the shield, then Han and Chewie put a few bombs on the thing to open it up for Poe to single handedly fly in there and destroy Death Star 3.0. I think during the whole mission they lost about 3 X Wings? Out of 10-12?
Considering this thing was minutes away from wiping out their whole planet, nobody seemed to be too stressed or worried about it. I wish the whole sequence was designed to create a little more tension, because as it was it felt like a foregone conclusion that they were going to win and even the characters themselves didn't seem worried about failing.
5. Final lightsaber duel... mixed feelings
Finn had 0 training with a lightsaber, and he lost a 1v1 fight to a completely random storm trooper, and he actually held his own and managed to hit Kylo Ren. That seems insanely far fetched to me, even if Ren was weakened from a blaster shot.
I LIKED the fact that they didn't over choreograph it like Episodes 1-3; there weren't any stupid backflips and crazy shit, they were just jousting. It felt like real people. I don't particularly mind that Rey randomly learned how to use the force despite having 0 training and just finding out about her abilities a few hours prior; because the force is a pretty innate thing so that wasn't too outlandish. The Finn thing was bad though.
6. TOO much copying of the original trilogy
I feel like this was necessary to completely pivot away from the completely awful prequel trilogy, but there was probably too much copied from the original trilogy. It's almost the same plot regurgitated. Han is still a smuggler/scoundrel. Leia is still a rebel, fighting with a ragtag group against an evil, oppressive force. Luke is Yoda (Luke let Kylo turn to the dark side and disappeared.... Yoda let Anakin turn to the dark side and disappeared); Rey is basically Luke. She's either going to end up being Luke's daughter, or Kylo Ren's sister, both of which I'll be really disappointed to see.
The opening scene is reminiscent of all the original trilogy. The whole thing is basically the same. Again I get why they did it. I hope that Episode 8 and 9 though introduce something new and not predictable.
7. Dialogue... YES
Loved it. None of the stupid horribly written dialogue from the prequels. They successfully made it funny and campy (like the original), while still having a serious undertone (with the exception I mentioned above).
My friends and I were dying of laughter when Chewie was being talked to by the medical examiner; "wow.... you're so brave... you must have been real scared."
Finn: "ya... well... this is what we look like."
Jk it was only 7 things. Overall I loved the movie, thought it was really good. I'm SUPER excited to see where they take it!