You've described my views on the movie very well. I actually liked Luke's death. It made sense. I do agree that the hyperspace ram was incredible, but definitely leaves behind that plot hole of "Why didn't someone do that sooner?" I hope you're right on Rey turning into a balanced force user, hopefully they won't manage to mangle something like that up. I had the same Star Wars moment.
As for my own thoughts, I'm not a fan of the casino scene, it seems really heavy handed. I know star wars isn't exactly subtle, but come on. I've also given up completely on realistic space physics in Star Wars movies at this point.
The salt planet thing had some really, really cool aesthetics to it. It was quite visually impressive. At first I had thought Luke was going to pull something like Obi Wan did, fighting Darth Vader on the Death Star. I was not expecting the force projection, or whatever you call it, but it was really, really cool.
I also loved the music callbacks to the original trilogy, especially Binary Sunset, which is one of my favorite star wars pieces of them all, and it fit really well.