I saw it on Friday and then again on Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed both viewings. I've been reading op-eds and other articles about the movie all weekend and I really enjoyed that Ringer article you posted above. If people were complaining that TFA played it too safe then this movie definitely took enough risks for two films. I'm just going to focus on a the third act from the film instead of trying to evaluate everything all at once.
Throne Room Fight Scene:
So that was the best Jedi battle that they've ever shot. The wide pan as the Praetorian Guards surround Rey & Kylo surround them both leading to them just having the type of "laser sword" fight that shows an audience doesn't need CGI flippy stuff. It was really an incredible moment, leading right up to the Kylo asking Rey to join him so they can rule the galaxy together. Kill everything that's old, she "knows" her parents were just a pair of nobodies... take his hand.
Holdo (Laura Dern) suicide jump:
I don't think I've ever held my breath during a scene in a movie before but when the movie goes silent and that fleet gets devastated in a single bold stroke. This sort of thing works because Hux and the Imperial fleet believe that the ship is retreating in an attempt to have it followed by them. They had already drawn fire to the shuttles so her ship wasn't going to get bombarded and destroyed once she was close enough for their weapons to actually do damage to the ship. I dunno... I thought it was brilliant but I sort of wish Leia had made that sacrifice now given Carrie's untimely death.
The Jedi Texts:
Am I going crazy or did I spot the books on the Falcon at the end of the movie? Finn gets a blanket out for Rose and the books are in that same drawer... right!? I didn't notice it on the first viewing but a friend had mentioned it so I kept my eye open for them. That will be interesting for the third movie to reveal that she has them after Luke believes them to have been destroyed.
I understand that I'm just rambling here...