Cloverfield and Super 8 had elements in them that touched me in the same place Star Wars always did, too.
Not saying they were great films by any stretch but if you want to make a good Star Wars movie it needs to be high on emotion and spectacle. The audience needs to go on a ride. Abrams gets that. And he gets the idea of the hero's journey.
Better to be the bastard child of a king and his whore than to be a ****ing peasant at the shite homer trough.