I saw it for a second time today (in 3D for the first time) and still thoroughly enjoyed it. Visually, this IS Star Wars. Real sets, with real props (although some of the props seem like cast offs from Star Trek), and practical effects. If this didn't look "Star Wars" enough for some people, then there simply was no pleasing them.
As for the story, yes it felt a whole lot like ANH. They're both the first movie of their respective trilogy, and as such have to establish the who what and why of things. (when and where are taken care of in the scroll)
Is it a perfect movie? No, of course not - no movie is. Except ESB. That's a perfect movie. But is it good? Yes. It's darn good.
Here are the two major quibbles I have with TFA. Okay three, but the first one is that saying the acronym TFA out loud sounds like you're talking about airport security with a lisp.
So Finn's dialog; A few times it took me out of the movie. Boyega is good. I felt what his character was going through. I was rooting for him the whole time. However when he was interacting with Phasma, and letting her know that he was in fact in charge, I felt (1) that he sounded more like a linebacker after a good play. And (2) that Han's line about "taking it down a little" was Harrison Ford giving him acting advice, not actual scripted dialog. And let's not forget "Droid Please".
The other big point of contention that I have is with how the big "reveal" was handled. With Snoak casually spoiling Kylo Ren's paternal lineage, so much emotion was drained from the bridge confrontation.
Imagine that Snoak hadn't told us that. And that Kylo kept his helmet on and told Rey that yes he IS just a monster in a mask. Now when his father demands the mask be removed, the line "So I can see my son's face" would have hit us like a ton of carbonite. And we'd still be reeling from that bombshell when Kylo cements his path to the dark side.
Some could be said about the speed with which Rey learns to use her budding powers, or how Finn could go toe to toe with Kylo Ren, but I feel like answers to those issues may be delivered in the next installment.
As a side note, I view TFA as a bridge and or setup movie. It had to set the stage for the future films, whilst explaining the 30 year gap. It could have done more in the exposition department, but it sets up what comes next very well. And as a transition, I don't view it as the first of it's trilogy. Not in the strictest sense of the word at least.
And that's all I gots to say about that. For now.