So, here we go - the Spoilers thread.
First, a couple of links:
Now, I actually stayed in the theater until they shut off the projector, so I saw all of the credits. And I noticed Mark Hamill's name beside Dobbu Scay. What I don't remember is WTF a dobbu scay is....ergo, I need to see the movie again.
Now, some points:
First off, I find it weird that Rey's story seems more and more like Anakin's story, especially in terms of the hardships they both endured as children. Neither came from a long established line of Force wielders (that we know of), and yet each, for their generation, is super powerful. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren doesn't seem all that strong, although he *did* manage to kill his mentor spectacularly.
Next: I noticed a couple of the things mentioned in the links above, but did miss more than one. I had forgotten about the blue milk, and I most certainly did not recognize many of hte cameos mentioned because, well, I don't know these people. Or, in other cases, kinda hard to tell 1 frackin' stormtrooper from another.
In the 1v1 fight scene between Luke and Ben, I knew that Luke was gonna turn off his saber and take the attack much like Obi-Wan did in A New Hope, I saw that coming before he even walked out - in fact, as soon as he told Leia that no one was truly ever gone. What I didn't see coming was that he was not there at all.
I read 1 review a couple of hours before I left, that was spoiler-free, and it seemed to harp on Laura Dern's character being completely unnecessary - I'm ambivalent about it. I think the way presented in the movie was not right - her character needed more development, or less screen time - the way we saw it was just not right. But, I disagree with the reviewer who said that that character took away from the movie plot itself.
And what exactly happened in the bowels of Ahch-To, when Rey asked to see her parents and instead saw the Dopplers of herself?
Finally, a bit of insight from my sister. She points out that both that scene as well as the direct mindspeak between Kylo and Rey were very reminiscent of Harry Potter. I've seen all the movies once, but am not an avid fan like she is, so I'll trust her judgment on this for now.
OK, that's my take thus far. I'm still processing a lot of the movie - I've got some serious doubts about the major characters that I will not yet voice because I need to analyze my thoughts more.