Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Anti-Cringe-CutFeatured
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Documentary of Skellige Island
- OST for Episode VII and Episode VIII
- Custom Crawl Tutorial by DigModiFicaTion
- Rian Johnson for kick-starting this whole thing
- My wife for all the lonely nights she spent in bed while her husband was glued to the computer screen doing "his Star Wars stuff"
- The blonde rebel girl in the beginning saying "Oh no" as she sees the Star Destroyers popping up
- The silly face General Hux makes while looking at his officer when Poe approaches them in attack mode
- Poe phone pranking General Hux
- The silly face General Hux makes while looking at Poe taking out the Dreadnought service cannons
- BB8's Whack-A-Mole joke and bashing his head into the control board to repair Poe's ship cannons
- General Hux being thrown around by Snoke in front of his crew
- Aerial shot of Rey walking up to Luke
- Luke throwing away his light saber and Rey retrieving it later
- A lot of the Porg scenes
- Rey explaining to Luke what Chewbacca is saying after they burst into his hut
- Luke's weird milking scene
- Leia coming back from the dead after being sucked out into space
- All of Leia's appearances after that
- Chewie's campfire scene
- Close shot of Kylo's wet hand after force call conversation with Rey
- Rey asking Kylo to "put on a cowl or something" after noticing that he's topless
- Admiral Holdo berating Poe
- Poe being frustrated about Admiral Holdo's behavior
- Poe's mutiny against Admiral Holdo
- Rose's introduction
- Maz Kanata phone call
- Finn's side quest on Canto Bight (and the whole Master Codebreaker nonsense)
- Rey nearly killing some island natives with a rock while practicing with the lightsaber
- Luke falling down after Rey hits him on the head from behind
- Luke hitting Rey after she consequently attacks him
- Luke "going evil" and trying to kill Kylo in the final flashback
- Captain Phasma
- BB8 going on a killing spree
- Rose and Finn returning to Crait while being shot at by Tie Fighters
- Rebels setting up their base on Crait
- Weird old rebel guy walking onto the battlefield with nothing but some binoculars
- Gareth Edwards Cameo and rebel soldier putting salt in his mouth
- Rey shooting down three Tie Fighters at once on Crait
- Finn trying to sacrifice himself in the battle of Crait and Rose "saving" him
- Rose kissing Finn while the Rebel Base is being blown up in the background
- General Hux being thrown around by Kylo in front of his crew
- Luke dying
- Rey's jealous look at Finn while he tucks Rose in
- The names of the actors playing Maz Canata, Captain Phasma, Rose, and DJ where removed from beginning of the credits
- Animated Anti-Cringe-Logo at the beginning and end
- Deleted scene where Luke is mourning Han
- Deleted scene where Luke talks to an island native who eyes Rey suspiciously
- Deleted scene where Poe explains to Finn what happened while he was in a coma
- Deleted scene showing Luke's third lesson to Rey
- Two aerial shots from a documentary of Skellige island (Ahch-To island) that serve as transitions between scenes
- Two Kylo Ren flashback sequences from TFA
- Some classic Star Wars scene transitions here and there
- New background music in some scenes and scene transitions (only Star Wars OST was used)
- There can be no Star Wars without a Wilhelm Scream somewhere in the movie
- Color grading of the whole movie (greenish/yellow tint removed and more color vibrance)
- The intro crawl text changed slightly to include that Snoke has been training "his apprentice Kylo Ren" and that the rebels are certain that "young Rey will find Luke Skywalker and with his help restore a spark of hope to the fight".
- The first battle against the Dreadnought is much more fluid and intense now and not broken up by silly jokes
- Moved the scene where Leia tells C3PO to "whipe that nervous expression off his face" to right after the Dreadnought cannons move to point at the rebel cruiser making it a better fit
- Although General Hux is still not the most intimidating bad guy, at least now he is spared the humiliation by his superiors in front of his fellow officers, restoring some of his dignity and the appearance of him being a respected General.
- The first time we see Luke and Rey, he is already holding the light saber in his hands, showing us that at least some time has gone by since the ending of TFA.
- Instead of throwing away the light saber, Luke gives it back to Rey and tells her that he's sorry before walking off, making her confused expression right after, more believable.
- Leia dies in the second assault of the First Order
- Luke has a vision of Leia floating in space after he reconnects with the force
- Teleportation of matter like water via force call is not possible anymore (shown when Kylo wipes his face to reveal that water from Ahch- To island was transported to him). Now it looks like he's wiping away some sweat after his intense conversation with Rey.
- Luke now seems more skilled in the fight with Rey. He doesn't fall down, after she hits him on the head the first time but immediately turns around to stop her second strike at which point he has a force vision of Rey tempted by the dark side and hears Master Yoda's warning voice telling him not to attack her. This results in him just dodging her hits and staying on the defensive. The one time he falls down now, he breaks his fall with the force, showing us that he could have easily beaten her if he wanted to. This changed scene now also implies that if he had attacked her, he would have probably driven her away even further, thus serving as a good callback later when she refuses to join Kylo.
- The final flashback featuring Luke and Kylo has been defused to the point where Luke acts not completely out of character anymore. The following lines have been removed: "He would bring destruction, pain, death, and the end of everything I love because of what he will become. And for the briefest moment of pure instinct, I thought I could stop it. It passed like a fleeting shadow. And I was left with shame and with consequence."
Instead after he says "Snoke had already turned his heart..." we see flashes of Kylo (from Rey's lightsaber-vision in TFA) already wearing his mask, walking towards us and killing someone with his red lightsaber. We return to a shocked Luke who continues with "...and the last thing I saw were the eyes of a frightened young boy who's master had failed him". This changes the meaning of the whole scene. Luke failed Kylo because he allowed Snoke to turn his apprentice while he was under his care and not because he tried to kill him in his sleep. Also Luke does not turn on his light saber except to block Kylo's strike after he consequently attacks Luke.
- When Poe asks Admiral Holdo, if she has a plan and notices that she is fueling up the transport ships, it now seems like she gives in an tells him what the mission is. When they leave her alone on the cruiser and Poe leaves with the transport ships, it looks like they are working together.
- To showcase that there is a montage with Commander D'Acy explaining their escape plan to the rebel base on Crait to Poe (and the audience).
- The reveal that Rose is Paige's sister comes much later in the last act on Crait when she touches the second half of the medallion as she is flying towards the large cannon, creating a better connection/contrast to the beginning of the movie. Her sister died in battle, she survives it.
- The Millennium Falcon enters the battle on Crait gracefully and with style. The first thing we see is it's shadow and not an exaggerated triple kill shot
- When Poe gives up on attacking the big laser cannon on Crait and tells Finn to pull back, it now looks like he is following his order
Luke makes his last stand with a green lightsaber instead of the blue one making the reveal, that he is a force projection, more surprising
- Rey does not appear to be jealous of Rose anymore. Instead she seems to be happy for Finn.
- We get another good look at the broken lightsaber before the Millennium Falcon enters hyperspace for the last time. The kyber crystal of the saber starts glowing faintly...
- There is a cut to black instead of a fade to white before the last scene starts
- The movie ends with Luke pulling himself up and looking out at the sunset (small black dot in front of the sun removed), coming full circle. He looked at it as an infant in "Revenge of the Sith", as a young man in "A New Hope" and finally as an old Jedi Master. Hope fills his eyes. He is alive after all...
I'm blown away by how much DonKamillo was able to salvage this god-awful movie !
I absolutely hated the movie the first (and only) time I saw it in theater. It made me both angry and very depressed. During this screening, I was already hoping to see a fanedited version of it, and boy, did DonKamillo delivered !
Not only did I not feel any hate nor sadness during the screening, but I found myself actually appreciating scenes I completely rejected during the theater screening.
[*** Spoilery review from now on ***]
For example, I was able to appreciate the scene with Yoda burning the tree and giving his (great!) advice to Luke about failure being the best teacher. Very true !
And I was now enough into the movie to realize that Rey actually stole the Ancient Jedi Books before leaving the island, since we briefly see them aboard the Falcon at the very end of the movie. So when Luke was about to burn down the temple-tree, Yoda actually prevented him to find out that the books where missing, allowing Luke to completely let go about his feelings of failure and grief, helping him reconnect with the Force and his true destiny, and also allowing Rey to acquire the knowledge she seeks to further her training and the skills she needs to build a new lightsaber from the pieces of Anakin's weapon. MIND. BLOWN.
Thank you so much DonKamillo for making me see the good (and, as time, great) ideas contained in the original movie. I would NEVER have guessed writing this one day !
Obviously, thank you so much for editing out all the cringe-worthy moments, like most of the porgs, the retarded humor, Canto Bight and all the ridiculous side plots, mutiny, love triangles and all. Some moronic things still remains, like the hyperspace destruction of the First Order fleet (if it's possible, it negates all of the previous space battle's logic), the tracking through hyperspace, the death of Snoke, and the fact that the fleet should have immediately split into multiple direction via escape pods through hyperspace, the First Order would never have been able to track them all down and it would have given them time to regroup and find new allies, and Leia, Ackbar and co would still be alive. But I digress.
The death of Leia was exactly what I wish the movie went with. When I first saw the movie in theater, I thought "wow, this is ballsy and profoundly moving, and brutally mirrors Carrie Fisher's real life passing..." but as I was thinking that, I watch in horror the stupid superman-like resurrection in space, the infamous "Leia Poppins" and it was the end of my hope for this movie.
Thank you again, DonKamillo, for making my wish come true.
This version is now my go-to / full Disney denial version !
Of course, making Luke a more coherent character was a central point to make, and DonKamillo aced it ! Not only does he give back the lightsaber to Rey and apologizes, but he did not try to kill Kylo ! He doesn't F-ing milk these aliens and most of all : he doesn't die of exhaustion !
I absolutely loved that Luke has now his ROTJ green lightsaber while fighting Kylo Ren !
To nitpick, you could crop the shots in order to exclude the Anakin hilt, that way it would be more believable that he uses is ROTJ weapon, since in the wide shots the hilt is barely visible. Please make this small adjustment and the edit would be 100% perfect, in my humble opinion.
Also, great job about the sound edit, making the commander saying that Leia and Ackbar died. Well done !
I put 9/10 for audio editing because some small problems where audible, most noticeably when Luke said "where is Han ?", the sound feels completely off and out of place. In fact, it's only on the surround track, his line is only on the left speakers.
I could go on and review the movie scene by scene, there is so much to say ! I'll just say that all the changes listed on the "changes" page are beautifully done and totally justified. The movie is now more serious, more in the "war" tone, as opposed to the "silly Disney/Marvel humor" tone that they went with.
There is one "problem" though, with your edit : now that all the stupid cringe-worthy stuffs are out of the picture, it's even more blatantly apparent that ALL THE SCENES of this movie are rehash from The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi ! (0_0)
All of them !!! It's even worth than in The Force Awakens !
Snoke is the Palpatine-like character, with no backstory (like the Emperor in the OT), the Falcon flying scenes on Crait are reminiscent of the asteroid field and the inside of the Second Death Star, and I could go on about every little aspect of this film (the red guards, the redemption story, the battle of Hoth, and on and on.... I swear I could almost hear the imperials chanting "Grond ! Grond !" while the laser-battering-ram approaches. I know, I know, wrong universe ^_^).
The prequels were shit, but Lucas actually tried something original. Here, it's even more evident that Disney have no idea how to treat the saga and are going for the safest, "money-making-est" road : just rehash everything from the Original Trilogy, acknowledge the Prequels and sprinkle it with moronic fan service, Marvel Humor and puberty/sexual overtone between Rey and Ben ("touching" themselves for the first time through the Force, popping their projection-cherry, and Snoke lustfully grinning behind the scene... F-ing creepy shit, Ryan !).
Thank you also DonKamillo for editing out that stupid ring with the "hidden" Rebel symbol, and the Star Wars Kid with his broomstick... ("heavy sigh")
The Fox logo and fanfare is also greatly missing, and you could do without the "the anti-cringe-cut" in the crawl, as it is redundant with the Culombia-anti-cringe logo, and does a disservice to your great work by needlessly adding an extradiegetic mention into an exposition device.
The Dark Side anus-by-the-shore-in-the-ground scene is still pointless and badly done. Zero interest. But I get why it still has to be there.
Now we understand that the more Kylo becomes strong in the Force, the more Rey becomes strong. We can imagine that Rey really is a nobody, that her parents are unimportant, but that she also is the Force that has Awoken, to counter the rising force of Kylo Ren (as the Force allegedly created Anakin in George's Prequels in order to bring balance to the Force : being as many Sith as there are Jedi, as Yoda said that the prophecy may have been misinterpreted).
It's not far-fetch to imagine that Snoke was "allowed by the Force" to rise to a significant amount of power to balance the immense power of Luke Skywalker. MAN !! You reignited my passion for this saga ! That's no small deed and you deserve all the hats-off you can get !
The explanation flashbacks about what happen that famous night with Kylo Ren and Luke are impressive ! We now understand both of their point of view, and the reality of what happen is on par with both characters. Very well done !!
Thank you very much for this amazing amount of work, time and effort you put into realizing this great edit !
I will shortly had it to my Blu-Ray collection !
The following review is has been written while watching the edit, so the thoughts will be brief. Please note that this review will be from the perspective who considers TLJ a near-perfect masterpiece.
-Nice intro, though you’d think the saber would be green.
-Actually forgot about the “Oh no.” Well done.
-The comm between Poe and Hux was well removed.
-Surprised more of the B.B.8. circuit fix wasn’t cut.
-It’s kind of weird that Luke just stands there and Rey takes the saber back. Nice “I’m sorry,” though.
-The Luke mourning scene was going so well and then the music promised a boom and failed to deliver.
-RIP Leia. Nice farewell with the R2 scene. This does create a slight problem. Because I know Leia is alive in the next one, meaning he’s sort of edited himself into a corner. Same I think with something at the end...
-Surprised how much the Caretakers weren’t cut. Not complaining. Just surprised. Same with Rey “reaching out.”
-Lot of Rey and Luke at once, it feels.
-Interesting vision before the fight between Rey and Luke. Though I’m not thrilled with Luke not pulling his saber. It kind of begs the question as to why he wasn’t more truthful before.
-Poe’s outburst is a little sudden. The re-ordered shots & lines to have Holdo reveal her plans is well made. Though now I must note Poe’s scenes at the beginning with the Dreadnaught and the demotion, really don’t seem like they’ll amount to anything.
-I know this is nitpicking but there’s no explanation as to how the FO knows to shoot the transports.
-I feel like Finn has so little to do in this edit that he could have woken up from his coma significantly later.
-I don’t hate Rose like some people do, but I like how she was used in the edit as a tie in to the beginning.
-Wilhelm scream. Nice.
-Wait, what just happened? Is Finn dead? It’s not very clear.
-Shame not to have that scene between Luke and Leia.
-Oh I guess Finn’s alive.
-Anakin hilt. Green blade. I get it, but I gotta bring it up.
-Is that shot of Luke flipped?
-Yep... Luke’s alive. That’s fine I guess...
I didn’t dislike it, it was certainly well made. Though I enjoyed it more for what was left in, rather than for what was added or removed. My biggest complaint is that the edit felt kind of empty. Most of the cast didn’t do much, especially throughout the middle.
Tagline - "Gone, the cringe mostly is. But beware the Johnson script, for no edit can truly save this movie.."
So, let me set the tone of my initial opinion of TLJ before I watched this edit - during my only viewing of this movie at the cinema, I cringed...a lot. I physically face palmed multiple times, I constantly asked myself "am I watching a Star Wars movie??..". All of this happened within the first 10-15 minutes of the movie starting, after which I mostly sat in stunned disbelief and mouthed "WTF" many times throughout, unable to look away from the train wreck unfolding in front of my very eyes. I felt offended to be a Star Wars fan, I could nearly see Rian Johnson's middle finger coming through the cinema screen. I left the cinema extremely confused and dispirited and ultimately came to hate this movie with every fibre of my being. This was after mostly enjoying TFA and looking forward to seeing where many of the unanswered questions led in the next movie, to which Rian Johnson answered "no where".
Ok, the picture is set of where I stand on this movie. Now I am not going to turn around and say that this edit fixed everything and I now love TLJ, that will never happen though obviously through no fault of the editor as he can only work with what is to hand and rearrange, twist and stretch it so many ways. I can say however, that if Clark Zuckerberg's first fanedit of TLJ made it at least mostly watchable, then Don Kamillo's fanfix easily achieves this first step and does far more, though unfortunately still falling far short of making it a movie that I can overall enjoy and actually want to return to ever again, except to potentially evaluate any other daringly promising fan edits in the future.
I can see vestiges of a compelling story and characters I could come to actually care about throughout many parts of this edit, I actually start to get a feeling of "Star Wars" again at times but it is fleeting and unfortunately often blown away by the same scenes jogging memories of the actual movie we got at the cinemas and I think it will be like this for quite some time.
Overall though, I think DonKamillo has done an outstanding job to even get me that far and to actually watch the whole movie through again. He certainly removed nearly all of the main cringe and parts I would immediately remove myself with only a few remaining that did have the effect of reminding me of the sheer cringe factor of so much of the original movie. Many of Don's ideas to change the narrative with some clever scene rearrangement and reuse for different purposes I think were pulled of very well and worked for me when I could remain "in" the story.
On a technical level, the AV quality was excellent even though I forgot to switch from the default stereo to the surround audio track (I would have the surround as default IMHO) but a quick skip back through the movie with surround selected and I could tell the audio sounded excellent. I feel there is definite improvement needed on the editing side of things with quite a number of noticeable cuts and odd audio gaps in music, there were a lot of these in particular toward the end of the movie when on the salt planet. Having never edited or fanfixed a movie myself I can only assume how challenging it can be but I can't rate higher than a 7 on both visual and audio editing sorry.
I found the narrative much improved from the original, so much so that I don't think there is a lot of headroom left for major improvement from the material left over with what Don has done, hence the 8. Unfortunately as you may have guessed, enjoyment is where it absolutely bombs for me though if it is of any consolation, the original movie goes into the negatives here so a 3 is rather good if you think about that. In the end, there were a few moments where I smiled, maybe one laugh at some point but I think any actual enjoyment was from not being subjected again to the most offensive parts of this movie which I do profusely thank you for Don.
All things considered, where I ended up after viewing this edit I think is leagues ahead from what I expressed at the start of this review and so in that sense this is a hugely successful edit and I wish I could actually rate it higher which Don's efforts deserve but Johnson's 'The Last Fan Fiction' ultimately denies.
The Last Jedi is a *very* difficult film to improve since Rian Johnson made so many questionable writing and directing decisions that any fan editor would have trouble making a solid narrative experience but Don Kamillo's "Anti-Cringe" cut definitely makes a strong effort. I don't think I could ever really love this film as there are just too many issues with it but this came pretty close to actually feeling like a Star Wars movie where the original does not in my opinion.
My thoughts and observations - in no particular order:
1. The Luke-Leia scene towards the end of the movie is removed which is a shame as it's one of the only "real" (Force projection aside) moments of connection that these two amazing characters get. However, I absolutely hated the "Leia Poppins" scene in the original cut so Don Kamillo's editing choice here was a welcome one. It's a far more devastating end to her character in this edit and the way a later scene is edited showing Luke "re-connecting" to the Force and learning of Leia's death was incredible. I would however maybe cut the later scene a moment sooner as I swear you could still see her fingers twitch. I also think it could be better to somehow rework the background of space behind her as it felt like a flashback more than a look at how she is still drifting in space and Star Wars doesn't really do flashbacks - until Rian came along that is.
2. Luke is a much better character overall. Particular scenes that in the original made me angry are much better here, especially the scene where Luke sees a vision of Rey and Kylo during their (Luke and Rey's) fight where he realizes the need for restraint. It always infuriated me that Rey bested Luke easily (and everyone else for that matter...) so to show that Luke effectively allowed himself to be beaten when he could have easily taken her was a brilliant improvement to the movie. Luke also doesn't "turn evil" towards Ben except in Kylo/Ben's version of events. This is a major improvement as I don't believe for a second that Luke would have gone down that path with anyone, let alone his own nephew.
3. The addition of the "Luke has a moment" scene and the Tribe gathering/party scene were well integrated to the movie, especially the latter. I still think Rey looks kind of weird in her running in that scene but the overall tone of the scene and it being Luke's missing third lesson are welcome additions. However, the pacing of the "Luke has a moment" scene is a little off. It felt like not a moment earlier Chewie broke down the door and then Luke was immediately putting it back up again. Maybe it just felt jarring because I remember that whole interaction very differently, but it still worked overall.
4. The removal of Canto Bight mostly works but it's not perfect. I'm glad to see it gone and while it's not missed it does mean Finn has nothing to do for the majority of this movie. I have seen other versions where the Canto Bight side quest still takes place but it cuts right at the part they escape from the prison cells and removes a lot of the other cringey stuff. This sets up Rose a lot better and actually gives Finn something to do as in this movie he has basically nothing to do and then when he does reappear he is wearing a different jacket which is quite jarring since Poe made a point of giving him back the brown leather jacket from "The Force Awakens".
5. The scenes with Poe, Leia and Admiral Holdo were much better. I always felt Leia didn't really add much to the movie after her "Leia Poppins" moment (other than the touching scene with Luke on Crait) so having her removed and making way for Holdo was much better. That being said, it's still quite a jarring cut when Poe goes from saying "That's Admiral Holdo? Not what I expected" to then the next time we see him, and he comes barging into the bridge and there's already some animosity towards Holdo. I'm not sure how best to fix this but I do wonder if some of that conflict could be maintained. In an ideal world, we could dub Admiral Holdo so that when confronted by Poe about the lack of a plan she could say "Has it occurred to you that we may have a traitor on board? How else could the First Order have tracked us through hyperspace? I am not telling anyone what the plan is until I know who I can trust - and that includes you." This would make sense for the animosity between Poe and Holdo and also work well if the subplot with Finn doing a runner at the start of the movie was kept in as Holdo could have legitimate cause for concern that a former First Order Storm Trooper has suddenly left the Resistance ship right at the time the First Order shows up...
6. The back and forth between Rey and Kylo I think was one of the highlights of the original movie and it's been tightened up here though I'm not sure the moment of Kylo wiping sweat from his brow works as well as the original where water from Ahch To landed on his face. After seeing the Luke force projection trick at the end of the movie I re-interpreted this scene originally to suggest that the water isn't really there but it's a projection. But that's just me. Her not acknowledging the fact that he's topless is much better too.
7. The final battle scene on Crait is better because at least now I don't have to listen to Rey being a backseat driver and telling Chewie how to fly the damn Falcon. It's also good that she isn't also incredible here also (shooting down 3 TIE's at once anyone?...) as let's face it, she really is a Mary Sue. I didn't really mind the Porg's first time round (and still don't here) but as they're massively cut down in this version they suddenly appear a bit too much it seems. Minor quibble though. I also feel that Finn should have died in this movie right at the moment I think we all thought he would. It would require a new VFX shot to accomplish it but I think it would be a more fitting end to his character and hammer home how he is willing to die for the Resistance. Though until we know the plans for Finn in Episode 9 I guess a major storyline change like that would have to wait.
8. Removing Captain Phasma just goes to show how little she added to the movie anyway so good job removing all of that. Likewise, with that god-awful Maz Kanata scene and the "Broom-Boy" at the end.
9. The humour is near spot-on for me. This of course is a personal taste thing but for me all of the lines and bits that worked in the original movie like Luke saying "That is pretty much nowhere", Leia saying "Wipe that concerned look of your face Threepio!" and Luke toying with Rey when she claims to feel the Force and it's just a blade of grass. Removing all of the awful parody stuff and Marvel-esque humour (though I do like Marvel movies it feels out of place in this movie) was a great improvement.
10. Luke doesn't die now and he has a green light saber! I can totally appreciate how this will have an impact on the film that follows but for me it's a much more hopeful ending. Luke having the green light saber was an improvement too though being able to change the hilt to match his ROTJ light saber would be a good visual effect to include for a future effort. In an ideal world though I want to see Luke bring down one or more of those new AT-AT walkers using the Force. Some think it might be over-the-top but I think it would show just how far he's come from being unable to remove his X-Wing from the swamp on Dagobah to bringing down a behemoth First Order AT-AT using only the Force. A hefty VFX shot would be needed for this but I think it could be done.
11. General Hux is massively improved and still carries a lot of weight in this version. Rian Johnson chose to ridicule him which is a huge writing mistake to do that to your villains. I only wish we could have a better explanation for why they don't just destroy the Resistance ships sooner that doesn't require the stupid "limited fuel" and "their ships are faster than ours" garbage. Bigger ships (First Order) = More thrust. Weight isn't an issue in space. Just saying. I always envisioned a line that went something like "Sir, why don't we just destroy them?" being answered by Hux with "We will destroy them soon enough Captain, it's only a matter of time. Their annihilation is inevitable" as some sort of twisted pleasure in knowing that he will kill them all but will drag it out like a cat playing with a mouse. This seems like something he would do and he has the same over-confidence that we also saw in Tarkin in Episode 4 right before the Rebels blow up the Death Star.
12. I think the duel scene in Snoke's throne room is overall very good - both in the original and here - though it's too choreographed and has that glaring error with the guard that has two daggers not stabbing Rey when he could (though I don't know how you could fix this to be honest). The main gripe I have here is that I would remove the part where you can see the light saber turning on the arm of the chair as it telegraphs to the audience what's going to happen and completely ruins the surprise that Kylo is actually going to kill Snoke. By all means keep in Kylo moving his hand as there's enough time for the audience to not quite comprehend what's going on but I'd definitely lose the shot of the light saber turning beforehand. I'd also remove the later scene of Snoke's legs randomly falling off the chair later as it's played for a gag that doesn't really work. Not sure if this is possible to fix in an edit or not though.
13. The one scene that doesn't really work for me but I think you made a good effort was the scene with Luke handing the light saber back to Rey. It just doesn't quite look right with her stepping forward then stepping backwards again (if I remember correctly). I think a better compromise would be to somehow have her still extend the light saber from the end of Episode 7, have him take it, look down at it and contemplate what this could mean before ultimately deciding to drop it on the grass at his feet and walking away. As you'd not need to see Luke's face when he drops the light saber this could work. I see it like this: Use a stand in (dressed appropriately to match Luke) and shoot him from roughly knee or waist height with the camera focusing on the light saber and then drop said light saber prop on to the grass and then cut to Luke walking away as he does in the movie. This would show the same disregard for what it means that I think Rian was going for but without the god-awful disrespect that came with the "joke" of that scene.
14. I agree with some of the other comments that in places the audio sounded a bit more “crunchy” or “squashed” though I’m not expert on this and can’t confirm specifically what caused it.
15. Finally, I think you should remove the “Anti-Cringe Cut” from the opening crawl. The pre-titles with the same thing accomplish much the same job. When the movie starts I don’t want to feel like I’m watching a fan edit and reminders like what’s in the opening crawl do just that.
All-in-all though I’d give this a very solid review! I enjoyed it a lot and while it’s not perfect I think more of that fault can be attributed to Rian Johnson than Don Kamillo as ultimately there’s only so much they can change and adapt from the source material. Great work and I can't wait to see a V2 if you ever decide to do one!
Wow, within the first 5 minutes you know you watching something better, the ach-to scens plus the added deleted scenes add so much and this time we can relate to how luke is acting! The Yoda scene doesnt feel forced, How Rey is handled on the island is way more logical and how their story continues to the end is the way the Original should have gone. If id change one thing is delete all the Luke Stuff after "see you around kid" against Kylo, but that is more a matter of taste then anything. I get why it was done this way
The Leia thing. If i throw my carrie fisher sentiments out of the window this is perfect. Love the scene editting with Luke and her!
Thanks a lot for skipping all the Rose/ Finn stuff. The funny thing is I didn't miss any of it, mean for the story. This proves it was a total nonsense build in plot.
The Rey/Kylo stuff is done way better as well.Their story "rhymes" much better and actually makes sense, from opposite sides with the same kind of struggles makes their connection more logical
great stuff Don, this is my go to version now.