First off, I just want to say I’m really loving this edit!
The restructuring has not only breathed new life into this film, it has made it a far superior film. The whole sequence in which the Starkiller Base alarm is sounding and the scenes are inter-cutting from Kylo to Hux to Rey and back to Kylo just gives me the chills. The music build-up there is spectacular, and the woman’s voice over the loudspeaker (“confirming launch window”, etc.) is hauntingly reminiscent of the voice from 1984.
The editing is great, the effects are great. Just a super fun project!
With all that being said, I do have a couple of thoughts on things that I would prefer to see tweaked.
Jakku’s new look is a great idea to differentiate it from Tatooine. I get that when it is either early morning or late evening, the new color effect is not so strong, but for my taste, I would still like to see the sand look a lot whiter in those scenes to fully convince me that we are not on Tatooine.
In a few of the scenes and shots, such as Kylo interrogating Rey, the filter/color-correction used adds what feels like a jarring amount of contrast compared to the rest of the film.
In the end, these are just my thoughts.
Overall, I can’t wait to see the finish product. And I can’t believe you’ve gotten me this excited about The Force Awakens again.