Oh my god, the color grading looks amazing! Nev, seriously, mad props to you. I think the pinky/purply sunrise looks beautiful (granted, I’m biased). Even if it’s not the most commonplace of sunrise colors, it’s not unnatural; and it also just feels that much more magical and special (which is exactly what this scene needs).
And Nev, the way you got the burning fire on the new establishing shot? Just brilliant.
Agreed with MR, if the new line could be balanced a little more, that would be perfect.
Hal, regarding the Sith Whispers and The Dagger™ and the Wayfinders, that’s a fair point if we want to distinguish the two MacGuffins. In my mind, the whispers are just manifestations of the Dark Side, trying to lure Kylo/Rey to Exegol. The tools through which they manifest don’t matter so much as do the essences themselves. Different strokes; but your implementation is totally valid.
Also, ThisIsCreation said something that caught my eye:
I hate when rey say’s ‘i destroyed ren’s ship’ because it’ adr’ed terribly (the worst in the whole movie) & it treats us like dumbies, i like Luke’s reply and think if the line about the ship was removed it would feel much better, but that’s a scripting issue rather than a visual issue
I actually think the problem with the line goes deeper than what Creation said though.
(Oh boy, here goes Sherlock, over-analyzing the script again.) At this point, Rey should be convinced enough to go to Exegol. One of the reasons we wanted to cut “Take both sabers” was because we wanted to give Rey more agency. But right after, it sounds (to me, at least) like she’s just rattling off more excuses to get out of going. “Oh no, I can’t go to Exegol! I don’t have a Wayfinder! And…I destroyed the ship! And, uh…”
With different music, it would actually be comedic in how it’s scripted and edited. She takes a moment to steel herself. She stands up, she faces Luke. She takes a breath…and immediately shakes her head and says she’s out of options. The whole character beat is just…off to me. This may just be my interpretation of the line, but if she just complains about the Wayfinder, that sounds like she’s asking Luke for advice. If she lists more reasons beyond that, she’s making excuses. I feel like she’s ignoring the past five minutes of motivational speeches Luke has been spewing. (On that token, I’d like to cut “I can’t get to Exegol” too and just focus on the Wayfinder conundrum, but I think that one would mess up the flow too much. “Ship” is just ADR anyway.)
So…do we want to cut “I destroyed Ren’s ship”?
EDIT (in response to Hal below): Mo-mo-mo-Mockup!
I dunno, I don’t think it sounds that off, but I’ll leave it up to the rest of you to decide.