After watching this movie, I have a very hard time believing that the throwing out of the old Expanded universe was worth it, especially considering that Episode 7 was basically a rehash of Episode 4. At this point, it's obvious that getting rid of the EU was motivated by pure financial reasons rather than "creative freedom" as Disney claims. Where's the creative freedom in a rehash of a movie we've already seen many times before?
In case some of you might not be aware, the real reason for Disney de-canonizing the EU was because they did not want to have to keep paying royalties to all of the EU creators. Back when the EU first started up in the 90's, Lucasfilm made a contract that whenever any of the characters made by the EU authors/creators were used, they would be payed royalties. So that is why Disney will not use any old EU characters. They have re-canonized many other things from the EU, such as events, locations, species, groups, etc... but you will never see them bring actual characters back into the canon. Instead, they will pretty much just remake their own versions of those characters and call it new. So say goodbye to Thrawn and Mara Jade, and hello to Jara Made and Rawnth (those are just examples, they don't actually exist, but I wouldn't be surprised if Disney did make such characters).
If you want an actual example, there's:
[spoiler]Ben Solo. He is pretty much just Jacen Solo, with maybe Ben Skywalker mixed in. They could have easily named him Jacen, but probably named him Ben just so there couldn't be a Ben Skywalker.[/spoiler]
Disney's "creative freedom" is nothing but a shallow lie to disguise what they have really done. They'll continue to feed us basically the same osik from the old EU, but recreated under their own banner.
This movie, in my opinion was pretty mediocre. I'd give it a 7/10, and that's me being generous. Can we have the EU back now Disney? No? I guess not. When Disney bought Star Wars, they said they would not reboot Star Wars like they did with Marvel, but their actions so far have said otherwise. Right after saying that, they throw out the old EU, and then make a new movie that is pretty much a remade version of the first Star Wars movie. That's a reboot if ever I saw one.