I liked the deconstruction, in theory, but like KotOR 2, I found it somewhat distracting in practice.
The risk you run with deconstructing things is that you take people out of the fiction. I often found myself thinking “oh, that was clever”, but that tends to be on a more meta level and can distance you from the work and damage suspension of disbelief.
After deconstructing it so much, I’m not totally sure they got away with just going “ah well, let’s have good/bad jedi anyway” at the end.
The hyperspace ram explosion was very coolly done, but it was a bit of a “why don’t they do that all the time?” moment.
I don’t know why they didn’t have her just ram it at regular speed, as that seems a legitimate tactic in SW naval combat.
The bombers were slightly weird, but given that star wars dogfighting has always been very WW2 style, I just went with it. I think the Dreadnaught did have shields, and AA guns, and star wars antgrav is somewhat vague, so I assumed they were inside the ships gravitation field.
I found Poe’s sudden “break off the attack” a bit weird in the landspeeder/battering-ram battle.
I get the lesson they were trying to teach, and it was a nice switcheroo that the general (Holdo?) actually did have a plan and Poe was messing it up.
But if there ever WAS a time for suicidal risk it was then. Pulling the fighters back to the base wasn’t going to save them in the same way that pulling the bombers out might have.
But yeah, most of these are minor things that’s easily waved away as long as the suspension of disbelief is strong enough. The sudden appearance and dominance of the First Order, who the fuck Snoke was and more important where he came from all of a sudden, and what the hell happened to the republic seemed like much more important points to address (in both movies).
I don’t think we need massive amounts of back story - the original trilogy threw out a lot of terms (eg: clone wars, old republic, etc…) but didn’t really define them.
Then the prequels defined them and the result wasn’t great.
But given that TFA is only a short while after RotJ, and that The New Order and Snoke appear to have appeared out of nowhere, it’s very jarring.
It’d have been hard to cut the Canto Bight (?) bit entirely, as it did play into the message of the ending, but parts of it were a bit on the nose, and it was a bit clumsy.
I thought Hux was pretty great. Phasma was kinda wasted, but only really if you expected her to be something more. It’d have been nice if they did do something more with Gwendoline Christie… but if you didn’t know it was her then Phasma would just have been a bit character with an arc that fitted the character perfectly. Though I wonder if she’ll be back in part 3.
Everyone was pretty happy to see Finn and Rose at the end, but I guess the end result of their side quest was simply that 100s of rebels on those cloaked transports died. Whoops.
PS/ I notice the Critics score on metacritic is 86%, and the user score is only 4.9/10. Is there some kind of review bombing thing going on again?
 from looking over the mass of negative reviews, it seems a lot of people are very upset about something… some reviews are listing the same complaints we are, but considering them much more important, others are using phrases like SJW.
Which means that even the complaints that seem legitimate are questionable, as in past review bombing campaigns they’ve gotten quite good at using real minor issues to hide their review bomb.
[edit 2] Nevermind… seems like a big controversy that was already covered everywhere, so I’m sure everyone was aware… since I stay off twitter and get most of my news from lovely ladies/gentlemen such as yourselves, the entire thing had passed me by. I find it odd that it’s so divisive though…