It is good. 98 on rotten tomatoes good? No.
Star Trek good? No.
But better than four of the six in Star Wars series.
I actually felt bad for J. J. Abrams because I think the next one is going to be amazing and he had to do the heavy lifting.
(Of course that is what they want me to believe and say). I am hooked. We all are.
The "trouble" with this episode is that they had to tie up the old story line and introduce new characters. BTW, trouble is way too strong of a word for what I feel about this movie. I just wanted more than I got.
Maybe I was alone but I spent a lot of time thinking things like "man Carrie Fisher's voice has gotten deep" and "wow, Harrison Ford is moving like he hurts". (He had a rough accident while filming and he is too old to be a rouge in space). I also thought to myself too many times things like: "I don't think he should be wearing that jacket, they both look like they are trying to look young." What is funny, I thought that about the characters not the actors. So they still had me.
I know, stupid stuff. But for me it was all a distraction.
The new characters were great! I love all of them which for the next few weeks will go nameless and unexplained by me. I don't want to spoil it as you should see it without ANY spoilers. It was fun to see it unfold with no idea where it was headed.
Go see it as it is an event. Bring the entire family everyone will enjoy it. Everyone will remember when they went to see it.
Maybe it is getting a 99 because we are so used to seeing stupid characters geared toward seven year olds (jar jar) and HORRIBLE acting (little Aniken). Woof.
In seeing that neither of those two things happened in this episode, one can hear the intergalactic cheers that George Lucas was kept clearly in a galaxy far far away from this movie.
4 out of five.