My sentiments exactly. Then when I explained my objections to TFA, I was told "Maybe Star Wars just isn't for you any longer. Maybe you've outgrown it."
Did you notice how manic both the leads are throughout the movie? Their faces, their movement, their overall behavior? I'm tellin' ya, they're both supposed to be several beers shy of a six pack, it's the obvious subtext to the film. Either that, or the director is nuts, and the movie shows what he thinks normal is like.
As for outgrowing Star Wars, that seems to be a fair question. I've been asking myself the same question about every film since "Return".
I dunno, the device produces 1000 liters of water per year. $150 might be a worthwhile investment, even in poorer countries.
I've had my eye on real-life moisture vaporators for years. Or I did, anyway. The general trend is that they fall apart under scrutiny (or only make sense as money pits for the military). I've got a folder on a hard drive somewhere with news articles about a series of busts over many years.
i recall thinking the criticisms you trotted out of it could easily be applied to the original 1977 film as well. but that's different.
The second trilogy doubled-down on the cheesiest elements (and the blatant ripoff Awakens wasn't exactly redemptive, with its manic ten-year-old-on-a-massive-sugar-rush style). Take lightsabers, for example. It was cool when Obi-Wan busted his out for the first time for Luke. It was cool when he fought the first lightsaber duel, and it was still cool when Luke fought his duels with Vader. But next thing you know, bam, they're everywhere, and they're almost the only weapon Jedis use (WTF?), and everyone's swinging them around way more than they need to, and posing with them more than they need to, and trying to stand out from the pack with dual sabers, double-ended saber staffs, curvy dildo-handled sabers, Skittles rainbow sabers, etc.
Who does a lot of fancy risky show-off spin techniques with a sword that cuts through steel like it cuts through air? Great way to cut your johnson off. Do they teach that show-offy crap in traditional kenjutsu or iaido or whatever? I doubt it. Just once, I want to see some guy in a kimono decapitate himself while showing off with a pink lightsaber.
So I don't think Star Wars just seemed to get more and more juvenile as time went on. I think Star Wars really did get more and more juvenile as time went on. The Ewoks were the turning point.
The best family films keep a balance to the Force, give enough juvenile stuff to keep the kids interested, but they also give the adults something to watch. Merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made...