I just watched Book 1. It was phenomenal!! Great Work!!
A couple of nitpicky things that I noticed. It’s incredible how you shortened the beginning on the ice planet. The only thing that seemed off to me was the cut between “Is it true you guys never take off your helmets?” and Mando putting the blue guy in carbonite. For some reason, the tones of those two moments didn’t mix well to me. I couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be a funny moment or if it was supposed to make Mando look gritty. Maybe it would work better if you completely cut out any scenes with Mando and the blue guy on the razor crest and let the audience figure out that the blue guy was put in carbon freeze in that shot that happens when Mando is talking to Carga on Nevaro.
I also wished there were some “clang” sound effects for the Armorer when she’s making Mando’s shoulder plate, but I like how you moved Mando’s flashbacks.
Speaking of which, having the prison break before Mando saves the kid was brilliant. It helps the story seem more about a man who had forgotten his creed but is reminded by the child he saves. In the scene where Mando has the Twilek guy at gunpoint, and the twilek is saying something to the effect of “I thought you were a man of honor,” maybe you could first reveal Mando’s backstory in that part instead of when Mando’s looking at Grogu’s crib in the dumpster. At that moment, this criminal tells Mando how he thought Mandalorians fought with honor. Maybe that’s when he remembers his creed and who he is and when he decides to go back for Grogu. The way you cut that first bit of the flashback was fine, but I think it would work better as an epiphany during that prison break after he left Grogu behind instead of when he’s back on Nevaro about to save Grogu. However, the second half of the flashback and how you mixed Din being saved by Mandalorians with Din and Grogu being saved by Mandalorians was brilliant.
That’s all I could think of, and this stuff is just little nitpicky issue. None of them ruined the movie for me. I thought it was fantastic. Thanks for all the work you do.