I just watched Episodes VII & VIII. I've got to say, the first prequel almost seemed... cheezy. Maybe it's me since I watched it first in LEGO, but the acting seemed close to horrible.
I liked the second prequel movie way better. To me, Rian Johnson seems like a better director than J.J Abrams.
It might just be me again here, but the build-up with the seventh movie made it drab for the eighth, and now I feel like meh coming into the ninth.