Yes - a very good movie, which demands multiple viewings.
I agree with everything you said, except for the score, which IMO isn't as emotionally involving as it should be.
I understand why they went for that type of score, and cannot discuss it further right now because it would involve spoilers - but it's the only artistic choice I disliked.
But overall, a great effort.
I won't draw comparisons with the original yet - I need to watch this one again, but I came out of the theater feeling great about the whole thing, and it went way, way above my most optimistic expectations.
Mods, would it be ok to start a separate thread with spoilers, for those of us who already watched it to dissect and discuss, like we did with SW7?