Well I just saw it, not in 3D - I wear prescription glasses, 3D was not meant for the likes of us - I went in with lowered expectations from Mikey's post but came out loving it. Ditching the baggage of the main series was a boon, and while there was some clunky exposition for the new characters I think it flowed pretty well all things considered, much better than how it was handled in the Force Awakens IMO, and in comparison to that I found it a lot easier to follow without the whole light side dark side sithy emo ren and Snooki crap muddying the waters. A new hope kept the force in the background and this movie had that same restraint.
I don't think Vader's moves are too over the top either, I was expecting it to be like that stupid Yoda light saber fight in Attack of The Clones, but it was fairly subdued, not as much as the original trilogy but not jarring like I expected. I was more critical of his appearance, he seemed a bit too short to me and his overall build didn't really match that of the original actor in the suit. And James Earl Jones' voice seemed strained, not his fault at his age but it kind of took me out of it. Really I found his presence fairly unnecessary for the plot until the end, that would be where I'd say the fan-boy pandering comes in.
Only complaints, sans spoilers, I thought the character modeling CGI for old characters was actually pretty impressive, but other CGI showing the exteriors of ships, deathstars and whatnot for scene changes looked odd, I don't know if it was the CGI or the editing(the panning seemed too fast) but it looked weird. The other thing that bugs me, and this bugs me about every Star Wars movie made after the original trilogy FWIW, the "new" ships and fighters are pointless. This took place minutes before A New Hope and there were at least 7 types of ship and fighter between the Empire and Alliance never seen in that or the following movies. They were mixed in well with previously seen ships but why add? ...Oh yeah, sell toys.
I'm tieing it with A New Hope in my ranking, Empire's still the best and Jedi isn't even close unless they put out a special special special special edition blu ray where there's as much death and destruction this movie had inflicted on those fucking Ewoks