Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker: Anti-Cringe-Cut

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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker: Anti-Cringe-Cut
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Experience the end of the saga without all the cringe...
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This cut concludes the story of the Definitive Anti-Cringe Cut of The Last Jedi. It removes plot points that go nowhere, reduces character appearences that do not move the story forward and changes the fates of key characters in the saga, once again providing some surprises for viewers of the original film.
J.J.'s attempt at pleasing everybody resulted in an overloaded mess, that left both fans and critics of the previous installment unsatisfied. This cut attempts to bridge the gap by removing some of the retcons and "twists", reducing the roles of the new character additions, cutting back on the cringe and focusing on a satisfying conclusion for the character arcs of our main heroes (and villains).
Additional Notes:
This edit comes with both a Stereo and 5.1 Surround audio track.
Other Sources:
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Documentary of Skellige Island
- OST for Episode VII, Episode VIII and Episode IX
- Custom Crawl Tutorial by DigModiFicaTion
Special Thanks:
- For all the feedback and love of the Last Jedi ACC fans
- To everybody for their encouragement and constructive criticism in the edit's forum thread
- To my wife for tolerating this obsession of mine
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Editing Details:
The following software was used to make this edit:
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Audition
- Blender
- EbSynth
Cuts and Additions:
- Different crawl text
- Leia stays dead
- Luke is still alive.
- Multiple scenes that connect TLJ and TRoS (instead of separating them with all the backpedaling) 
- The Wayfinder is not needed to find Exagol. It's not plugged into ships and is never mentioned throughout the movie. It only appears once as a nameless artifact when Rey grabs it at the Death Star ruins where Kylo destroys it.
- The Emperor's broadcast is heard at the beginning of the movie
- There is no spy in the First Order
- There's no such thing as lightspeed skipping
- The Falcon is not treated like trash (set on fire, crash-landed etc.) 
- Lando is introduced much later
- There's no secret Finn wants to tell Rey
- Appearances and mentions of Knights of Ren are reduced
- There's no force healing
- No "Matrix jump" from Rey
- No invincible Kylo Ren (surviving that crash in the desert unscathed)
- Kylo's ship survives the desert encounter
- Reveal of Chewie being alive comes not right after his "death" but a little later
- Poe is/was not a spice runner
- Zorri's role is reduced to being Babu Frik's assistant/translator
- Poe and Zorri do not know each other before meeting on Kijimi
- No magic coin to get into Star Destroyers
- Poe, Finn and Chewie do not go an a stormtrooper killing spree
- Rey is not related to Palpatine
- Hux is not killed by General Pryde
- There's no hidden mechanism in the dagger
- Jannah's role is reduced. Finn and her do not bond over exchanging old First Order stories
- Rey has not magically learned how to steer skimmers through storms. She is taken to the Death Star ruins by Jannah
- Instead of Leia calling out to Kylo on the Death Star, Luke is
- Kylo dies on the Death Star
- Luke and Leia didn't know anything about Rey's heritage
- R2D2 does not restore C3PO's memory
- There's no ground invasion (aka horses on a space ship) in the battle of Exagol
- The Emperor does not change his mind back and forth on how to deal with Rey
- Rey does not die after her battle with the Emperor
- Different lightsaber colors for Leia and Rey (the one she made herself)
CUTS (Details):
- Kylo murdering random people on a random planet and finding the Wayfinder there
- The whole scene with Kylo and the Emperor (moved to my Definitive ACC of TLJ)
- Boolio mentioning Leia and a spy in the First Order
- Light-speed skipping
- Rey's "Be with me" moment and talking to Leia
- Kylo touching Vader's mask (moved to TLJ DACC)
- Millenium Falcon being on fire from all the light-speed skipping
- An extra shouting "We need a fire crew in the back!" as Rey approaches the Falcon for the first time 
- Rey and Poe bickering and talking about spies and light-speed skipping
- Poe mentioning the spy and delivering quality dialogue like "Somehow Palpatine returned"
- Charlie/Merry talking about dark science and Sith cloning
- Rey looking at Leia
- Poe talking to Leia about Palpatine's return
- Rey talking to Leia about the Wayfinder
- Rey telling Poe he was right before (as the bickering scene was cut)
- Rose's excuse to not be in the movie
- Rey saying good bye to Leia
- Storm Troopers mentioning the Knights of Ren
- Kylo's goons analyzing the origin of the necklace
- Lando shooting the stormtrooper and the rest of his scene in the desert 
- Everybody forgetting that "They fly now"
- Finn's "Rey I never told you..." moment
- Leia getting informed of the raid on the desert festival
- Rey asking Finn what he wanted to tell her
- Finn mentioning the shifty stuff Poe's been doing
- Crew mentioning Occhi in the desert
- All mentions of the Wayfinder in the cave.
- Rey force healing the serpant
- Knights of Ren standing on a rock doing nothing
- Rey's Matrix jump
- Hux informing General Pryde that they've made a valuable prisoner and (early) reveal that Chewie is alive
- Finn mentioning that the dagger had the location of the Wayfinder on it while discussing with the others what to do next. 
- Confrontation/Fight with Zorri Bliss and "reveal" that Poe was a spice runner
- Zorri leading them to the underground blacksmith.
- Finn teasing Poe because he was a spice runner
- Zorri leading them into the backroom of the underground club
- Zorri asking Poe who he's hanging out with that speaks Sith
- Roof scene with Zorri and Poe
- C3PO mentioning the Wayfinder in the translated message, and also saying that the dagger will show the spot
- Poe saying good bye to Zorri and her giving him the magic open-sesame-coin
- Poe inserting the magic coin in Occhi's ship
- Poe and Finn mowing down hords of storm troopers while escaping with Chewie without using any cover
- Poe, Finn and Chewie getting captured
- Poe and Finn being brought in front of General Pryde and sent away to be executed
- Kylo's saying "I can't tell you" to Rey after he asks her if she knows why the Emperor wants her dead and she answers "No"
- Execution scene and Poe, Finn and Chewie finding out that Hux is the spy
- Hux freeing Poe, Finn and Chewie and telling Finn to shoot him in the leg
- Kylo telling Rey that she's Palpatine's granddaughter and talking about their family tree
- General Pryde shooting Hux for being the spy
- Rey saying "All that matters is The Wayfinder" and Finn responding "That's what we're doing"... (some quality dialogue right there)
- Poe crashing the Falcon (again) before our heroes approach the ruins of the Death Star
- Rey discovering the dagger's "hidden mechanism" and finding the specific spot she has to go to
- Jannah telling our heroes that she can take them to the wreck the next day
- Poe talking about fixing the Falcon
- Everybody fixing up the Falcon and Finn and Jannah exchanging First Order stories
- Everybody discovering that Rey took the skimmer
- Rey steering the skimmer
- Finn and Poe getting in a fight for no reason
- Jannah telling Finn that there's another skimmer
- Rey fighting Dark Rey and Dark Rey showing her teeth "Bilbo style".
- Kylo mentioning Leia in front of Rey 
- Maz telling us how Leia is preparing to die
- Leia calling out for Kylo
- Leia dying
- Rey healing Kylo
- Everybody standing around Leia
- Poe and Finn returning to speak to the General, just to learn that she's dead
- Emperor mentioning the princess of Alderaan crossing him
- Rose mentioning to Poe that Leia made him acting General
- Rey throwing her lightsaber and Luke catching it
- Luke asking Rey what she's doing here
- Luke saying that he was wrong and that fear kept him on the island
- Luke revealing that he knew Rey was a Palpatine all along and that Leia knew too
- Luke and Rey talking about Leia training her
- Luke talking to Rey that there are some things stronger than blood referring to her connection to Palpatine
- Luke saying "A thousand generations live in you now" to Rey
- Rey saying that she can't get to Exagol because she doesn't have the Wayfinder
- Rey taking out the other Wayfinder from Kylo's ship
- R2D2 restoring C3PO's memory
- Wayfinder being plugged into Luke's X-wing while Rey flies to Exagol
- Finn mentioning a ground team when discussing the battle plan
- Every shot showing/referring to the ground battle on Exagol (there's a bunch of them)
- Palpatine saying that he waited for his grandchild to come home
- Palpatine calling Rey "Empress Palpatine"
- Palpatine talking about it being Rey's birth right to rule because they share the same blood
- Palpatine saying that he wants Rey to kill him because his spirit will pass into her and they'll be one
- Jannah telling Finn that she'll stay with him on the ground
- Emperor telling Rey that with her hatred she will take his life
- Emperor saying that the only Family Rey has, is him
- Emperor telling Rey to strike him down
- Ground troops fighting during Emperor's speech to Rey
- Poe saying "Call off the ground invasion" during the battle on Exagol
- Kylo arriving at Exagol to help Rey
- Finn trying to sacrifice himself for no reason (again)
- Kylo fighting the knights of Ren
- Kylo coming to Rey's aid against the Emperor's guards
- Kylo going to Rey and both facing the Emperor together
- Emperor mentioning the dyad of the force (as there isn't one anymore)
- Finn shouting at Lando from the ground that he knew he'll come through
- Zorri calling Poe spice runner during the final battle
- Kylo lying on the ground next to Rey
- Emperor throwing Kylo in a pit
- Finn plugging in a cable which makes the Star Destroyer destroy itself
- Rose telling Poe that Finn is still on the command ship, while it's going up in flames
- Lando saving Finn and Jannah
- Rey dying
- Finn sensing that Rey died
- Kylo getting out of the pit and force healing Rey
- Reylo Kiss and Kylo dying
- Maz giving Chewie the medal
- JJ's LBGTQ pandering
- Creepy Lando/Jannah scene
- New Crawl Text explaining Luke's absence from most of the movie and making Poe the new General
- Mask repair scene moved to beginning with Emperor's broadcast (and new music) 
- While training in the beginning of the movie, Rey has only visions related to her
- Kylo's dialogue in the briefing room changes from mentioning a treacherous spy among them to an unknown traitor sending a message to the resistance
- C3PO's dialogue in the cave changes. The dagger inscription show's not the way to the Wayfinder but is a clue Luke was looking for
- Rey communicates with the serpant through the force, remembering Luke's first lesson in TLJ
- The light coming from outside the cave has a warmer color
- Kylo's ship is not destroyed by Rey in the desert. It's parked in the background as he approaches her.
- Poe leads our heroes to Babu Frik instead of Zorri
- Added "Dark Rey" flashback as Kylo is telling Rey that she has the same powers as the Emperor
- Instead of fighting "Dark Rey", the scene plays out creepier. Dark Rey just talks to her and moves to strike and Rey, startled by the encounter, moves back and falls to the ground
- Kylo's line to Rey on the Death Star changes from "You wanted to prove to Leia that you're a Jedi but you're something else" to "You wanted to prove that you're a Jedi..."
- Instead of Leia calling out to Kylo, he is distracted by Luke, who apologizes for failing him
- Luke is shocked when Rey stabs Kylo. After stabbing him, she remembers how Luke warned her (in TLJ) that saving Ben will not go as she thinks. She leaves Kylo to his fate, running away in tears.
- Moved scene where the Emperor talks to General Pryde before Kylo's scene with Han
- Kylo is redeemed and becomes one with the force after his father asks him to come home
- Luke is not a force ghost anymore ^^
- Luke does not appear to Rey from out of the fire but comes down the steps. He stares at Rey, still a bit shocked from what she did. When Rey sees him, she looks down in shame.
- Different color for Leia's lightsaber when we see her train with Luke
- Rey is not holding the other Wayfinder in her hand while she watches Luke raise his X-Wing. Instead we can assume, that either he told her how to get to Exagol or the location is saved in the ship's system
- Instead of calling Rey "Empress Palpatine", the Emperor just calls her "Empress" daring her to come to the dark side
- The Emperor's line changes from "She will strike me down and pledge herself as a Sith" to just "She will pledge herself as a Sith"
- Inserted memories of the dead (Han, Leia, Kylo) from TFA and TLJ  while Rey is thinking of what to do
- Added a line for Rey that she refuses to take part in the ritual
- Added shot of Lando saying "Come on Chewie" right after we see the Falcon arrive at Exagol, instead of him just laughing
- Instead of saying "Zorri, you made it" Poe just says "you made it" referring to Babu Frik
- Different color for Leia's lightsaber when Rey uses both sabers against the Emperor
- Added scene where after Rey defeats the Emperor, she senses Luke becoming one with the force (re-purposed ending from TLJ ACC). 
- Leia's body disappears after Luke becomes on with the force. Their bond was so strong that she couldn't "leave" without him.
- Rey's lightsaber staff has a different color
Cover art by DonKamillo (DOWNLOAD HERE)


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Made a bad movie better my guy! although still not fully star wars to me it is a significant improvement.

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Great version of the final installment to the skywalker saga.
I still don't like Rey proclaiming herself a skywalker but this cut is definitely better and watchable than the original.
I liked the inclusions of other jedi force ghost i saw in another edit but my favorite thing you did was have Kylo Ren's death at the death star.
Overall really good stuff and highly recommended.

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I owe DonKamillo a review for this one, but it's a hard one to quite put into words. His TLJ edit, though not my favorite, is really great work. This one... is as good as it gets? I'm of two minds; on one hand, I want to commend the effort to make something out of this cinematic malpractice, on the other hand, a corpse will eventually smell, no matter what you do.

As a fanedit, it's a valiant effort; small cuts to tighten the pace, trying to maintain continuity with the TLJ "Anti-Cringe Cut" and, well, that's the thing; The Rise of Skywalker is such a condensed disaster, I couldn't even tell you what has been edited in the movie without reading the list of changes.

I know, this isn't the most helpful review and it's not a reflection on DonKamillo's talent or efforts here; I just want to make sure that, if you watch this, you know what to expect. Some movies are so consistently bad, they're impossible to fix. It's a problem that, surprisingly, the Prequels didn't have, because for all their bad dialogue and questionable action sequences, you could tighten them up and come out with something enjoyable. TRoS is dense; you can't remove any major scenes without losing significant details and you can't space them out to breathe, because they never shot anything quiet or character-building. What DonKamillo does here, in effect, is cut out a lot of the extraneous information that don't contribute anything to the film, making it a little less of a headache. For example, Poe and Zorii don't know each other beforehand in this version of the film, which is good, but at the same time you can't cut out Zorii entirely, because her three minutes of screen-time are necessary to further what passes for a plot here, despite the fact that she's otherwise a superfluous character. That kind of thing.

From a technical perspective, the edit is good. I didn't really notice anything, it looks as pretty as it should with seamless transitions. The only bit that pulled me out was Luke's scene and his de-ghosting-- but I'm the guy that needs fifteen minutes to do a simple jpeg edit on Gimp, I'm not going to be the one to complain about this type of thing.

Ultimately, it's hard to rate the enjoyment of an edit like this, because the source material is just abysmal. I'd like to say that this is a better version than the theatrical, but I honestly never want to see anything related to TRoS in general, ever again. If, for some reason, you're enough of a SW fan to want to put yourself through this nipple-clamp of a movie again, then I can at least say that the "Anti-Cringe Cut" is the significantly less painful version of it.

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After seeing TLJ in theaters I had no hope for this film and it still managed to be worse than my expectations. Whereas I would say theatrical TLJ was a worse individual movie, I would say TRoS was worse for Star Wars as a whole.

This edit does a valiant job of salvaging whatever could be saved from the abomination of its original plot. I watched this edit under the perspective of "The Crucible Canon" and while I still think this is a bad film, I didn't end up furious after watching it.

A/V Quality: Perfect to my eyes, didn't notice anything there which gives this area a 10.

Visual Editing: While this area was still on the good side of things, I would recommend a Version 2 at some point with some touchups. As far as scene transition and the like go I'd give that a 10, however as Don made some much needed fixes to the narrative he was forced to add in some additional effects that are passable, but not perfect yet at an 8/10. Kylo's ship addition isn't extremely noticeable and I don't think a first time or casual viewer would notice, but it is slightly jarring when you do notice it. There's some room for improvement there. Regarding the Luke being alive fixes, I don't think it is at a believable level yet. However, from my perspective as I watched these scenes it seemed to me like Luke was still channeling an illusion to Rey, even on the island. If it is too difficult to make it look like he is actually there, I think keeping a ghostly but colored figure like he is currently in the edit might be the move if you run with that idea and touchup with that. Finally, regarding Kylo's death, when he stands up for his final scene you can see his stabbed area, but no flesh wound. Adding a simple mask and trace of the wound using footage from the theatrical version would be nice. Did a quick concept here:

Audio Editing: Some slight audio bugs could be hammered out but overall very good here, 9/10.

Narrative: This movie's plot is such a mess that I do not think it can be redeemed, at least until deleted scenes come out (if Disney ever allows it...). While much improved over the original, this movie still suffers from the plot moving at light speed. I cannot catch a breath in this film, and with the needed cuts to the major cringe in theatrical it makes this movie fly even faster. I loved the changes to Rey's storyline, but would take it even farther with Rey not taking the Skywalker name. She is, and always should be... Just Rey. And there are edits I've seen that do keep that intact. In this edit, it is slightly confusing why Palpatine is so interested in Rey, especially as a child in regards to the storyline of her parents. It's possible to explain this in the current cut, but something else needs to be in here for it to entirely make sense. I have also seen cuts that make Rey accidentally kill her own parents on the ship when she was a child which I think works better in showing her dark side temptations. Finally, I did love the Lando reveal a lot in this cut, but it was a little confusing as to whose body was under the tarp there. I didn't hear anyone say it was Leia, and if it was... TRoS is a year after TLJ so why is her body still under a tarp in the jungle? Overall, the narrative was good, and I'd even say it was believable as a plot, though the original content is so flawed I am working under that understanding. Oh, I would also highly suggest adding the "Force Ghost" edit from John into the next version of this, but I don't know if another version is even worth it without deleted scenes. Luke passing after helping Rey is fantastic too!

Enjoyment: Whereas I would've originally gave TRoS a 1/10 in the theater version, I would score the TRoS Anti-Cringe cut as a 6/10 film, which earns an 8/10 performance for this edit. Again, watching this edit under "The Crucible Canon" perspective that is linked above changes my perspective with this movie. TLJ had more cringe whereas TRoS had more terrible plot points, so I think this movie is harder to flip as well as you did with TLJ. It was A LOT better than theatrical and I do think it is a watchable film now, but one that could benefit greatly from a Version 2 with some fixes listed above.

A good edit and what I'd watch at this point. Improved over theatrical considering Luke isn't dead and the cringe and pure nonsense is gone so I'm not eye-rolling for 2 hours.. Could use a little touchup on audio in a few places, and needs a Version 2 on some video effects before being a passable "theatrical" version. Could use help from deleted scenes (if they ever come) and some small narrative adjustments.

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Thanks for the long and constructive review. Let's hope those Deleted Scenes are released at some point... ;)

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As I mentioned during my review of ep. VIII, I was not able to bring myself to watch the source material and the same goes for ep. IX. So I will not be able to offer a true comparison to the theatrical release. But given the non-canonical woke mess Disney produced I hope this won’t be held against me.

For me this was the most cringe out of the sequel trilogy and I’m not sure if that’s because Don Kamillo did such a great job when cutting cringe from ep. VIII or if this movie was just that much worse, because Metacritic would have me believe that this was the slightly less reviled film when compared to it’s predesessor.

Two things that had me cringe hard were the use of tread-speeders when sand-speeders were already a thing how many decades ago in a galaxy far far away? This is going to take quite a bit of work in CGI or a well trained AI to replace. So I was kind of surprised Don Kamillo left these in.

I was also shocked that he left the “broken death star” debris. This totally broke any sense of immersion into the story for me and reminded me again that Jar Jar Abrams had zero love for Star Wars. I didn’t expect all the shots filmed inside the debris to be cut. Just the line where Rey says “Death Star”. That way we could just assume it was some random imperial ruins.

There is still too much wrong with the film that I’m not really sure any amount of editing can fix. I live in hope that one day in the not to distant future someone empowered by AI and a clear creative vision can give us a sequel trilogy finale that could more easily pass for cannon.

Until then, this is probably the definitive way to watch this film. I can’t say I got through unscathed, but I’m sure this cut spared me a lot of pain and suffering over the original. Only a Sith could weaponize Star Wars into a post modern propaganda machine. So it is indeed the work of a Jedi to correct history and salvage the timeline. Gracias Don Kamillo and may the force be with you!

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