No, people hate it because it was a megacorporation, a hack director, and Kathleen "The Force is Female" Kennedy's attempt at deconstructing THE modern hero archetype: Luke Skywalker, and failing miserably. In addition the movie is riddled with innumerable plotholes, one of which is so bad (the hyperspeed drive attack) it retrospectively ruins every other movie, "why didn't they just hyperspeed into the Death Star?" for example. Here are some other points:
- brought back Phasma for no reason, then killed her
- Finn and Rose do nothing for most of the movie
- one of the few good and charismatic characters, Poe, is made to look like a bad guy by Kathleen Kennedy's self insert
- Crystal Critters™ and Porg
- Hamfisted social commentary in the casino scene which also dragged on for way too long
- Doubled down on Rey's unexplained talent and ability
- Super Leia
- Marvel tier humor, Poe's prank call to Hux being the worst example
I could go on and on, but the point is: the backlash isn't because fans hate risk.
Why are all the characters so ugly though? The old crew may of been rugged, but they were also the best looking group of humans/ frog humans/ blue humans with tentacles coming out of their heads that you'll ever meet. Also I was hoping for a Vorcha crewmate, but since they just decided to show aliens we already know I'm guessing their won't be one. Sad.
Just saw, it was pretty good most of the time. Vader and based Mads were the best parts for sure. I absolutely hate how Joss Whendon-y the humor is in this and TFA are, with all the "here is a moment specifically designed to make the audience laugh" moments. I mean the OT had comic relief but the avengers-like snark is one of the worst things about nu-Star Wars.