It isn’t lazy, its a short summary of the issue with out a multi-paragraph diatribe.
The problems in the plot lead to a feeling of it being a bit disjointed and way too similar to the previous movies. Now the original Star Wars too had some issues, as most movies do, but everything moved along where your brain was fine with it during the movie. Not so with Awaken, where several times I questions “why is this happening” and “even in a world of space wizards and death stars, this is too unbelievable”.
Now, that isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the movie, but really, you got the talent, time, and money, that the plot should be solid enough that no one but the most OCD/anal retentive person can read it and not have their brain screaming questions instead of enjoying the movie.
My complaint is less that the beats were similar - a simple “hero’s journey” story line is more than acceptable. In fact I favor simple stories with this sort of thing. But too much of it was too similar. It isn’t that the same plot line was followed, but the exact same circumstances were followed. I swear to god if I never see another desert planet in my life time in a sci fi movie, it will be too soon.
Yes, you are right, there are many differences, but IMO, there should have been more. One or two similarities would have been forgivable, but they started stacking up, thus the criticism.