Half-way though the movie my friend turned to me and said "Haven't I seen this film before?". She was quite right... this was a very disappointing rehash of the original Star Wars movie, "A New Hope".
And now I understand why George Lucas seemed so conflicted in his recent CBS interview with Charlie Rose. He said he wanted to continue to tell a story, whereas Disney wanted to "do something for the fans". Well, they basically just reshot the same movie. Sheesh!
I suspect for most hardcore Star Wars fans it will at least be a relief that Disney made a decent job of this rehash, and avoided producing another Phantom Menace (and sequels). But, after viewing Disney's first effort, I'll likely wait to watch this year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and the subsequent series of Star Wars movies on Netflix or Blu-ray.