Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Anti-Cringe-Cut

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Anti-Cringe-Cut

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Anti-Cringe-Cut
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Tagline:
Experience Episode VIII of the saga without all the cringe...
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Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
152
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108
Time Cut:
50
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
This cut removes the whole side plot on Canto Bight and focuses on the journey of our main heroes. It further changes the fate of some key characters as well as their motivations and lets them shine in a new light, providing some surprises for viewers of the original film along the way.
Intention:
This movie was a mess! It managed to subvert fan expectations in the worst way and was riddled with plot holes and pointless twists and turns. With it's unnecessary side plots, some ridiculous character moments and cringe-worthy dialogue at points, it quickly buried my faith in the new STAR WARS franchise. But Episode VIII was not all bad so a spark of hope remained... Maybe with some changes here and there, it could be possible to redeem this movie. So I did exactly that and proudly present my first Anti-Cringe-Cut.
Additional Notes:
This edit comes with two audio tracks: Stereo Sound (default track) and 5.1 Surround Sound
Other Sources:
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Deleted Scenes
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Documentary of Skellige Island
- OST for Episode VII and Episode VIII
- Custom Crawl Tutorial by DigModiFicaTion
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Special Thanks:
- DigModiFicaTion for all his patience and support during the making of this edit
- 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"
Release Information
AVI/MKV
Cuts and Additions:
CUT:
- 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

ADDED:
- 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

CHANGED:
- 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...
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Ever since the Last Jedi came out I wanted a fanedit for it. I found this to my liking though now that TROS is out it doesn't fit with the Leia dying and Luke surviving. I realize the tremendous undertaking all this must be to try fix the issues at hand. Having the issues to deal with in the beginning is unfortunate. I love that they took out to the best of their ability the idiocy of Hux and much of the unnecessary humor. Overall enjoyed it a lot.

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I loved it, the only changes i in my preference would be
to make Leia the sacrifice,
take out the holdo stuff,
luke still dies but at the end is more impactful,
add the voice of palpatine somewhere maybe in the rey darkside scene now that we have it,
add the green lightsaber hilt to the green blade, although the blue blade/saber never bothered me but then again why didnt kylo remember destroying the blue saber
keep leia poppins out though

You did fantastic and its much much better. As good as the TLJ:REcut from earlier this year.

Thank you!

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A solid edit of TLJ that makes it a lot less unlikable to me.

I enjoyed the narrative changes (mainly regarding Luke), but did feel that some things were cut inconsistently, which detracted from the rest of the narrative. Also unfortunate that this edit isn't able to be watched in succession with The Rise of Skywalker. I also felt that some of the editing of what was deemed "cringe" dialogue screwed with the audio at some points, and messed with the pacing as conversations appeared to end or escalate too quickly.

If you're not a fan of TLJ for the reasons outlined in this edit, you'll probably be more satisfied with it this way. But, I don't think this will become my "definitive" way to watch the film, although it is very close to how I would imagine it.

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As much as anyone else, I was disappointed deeply with Episode VIII to an extent to not care about it anymore.
But I gotta say, DonKamillo's Anti-Cringe Cut is really the spark that lights the fire that... Yes.

Is incredible how much room the movie has to breathe now, and the complete obliteration of the Canto Bight sequence and it's characters is so seamless as to demonstrate how unecessary the whole thing was. It's a much welcome trait now that the movie focus on Luke's downfall and the ways of the Force, finally doing justice to the title. And I gotta say, things get really interesting here, and it might even redeem the original writing for what it was trying to pull off. The Last Jedi and the "let the past die" carry some real weight now that the movie takes itself much more seriously. And I dare say Luke gets a complete character development arc this time around that he never had before in the OT. I got invested in a thought that was always there, in the back of my head, but is completely fleshed out now, that Luke has always been a "grey" Jedi. The dynamics of his emotional burden and his perspective on the "Jedi Religion" start to justify his fall from grace in a way that only the editing could pull off. The fact that he still remains by the end of the cut though, is what gives everything shown before a purpose, that he didn't just vanish after some smoke and mirrors and still has to overcome his failures for the sake of what is right. I never thought I could see it all like this before the Anti-Cringe Cut.

Aside from that newfound focus, that are so many details in there that make the movie so much tighter I probably didn't even notice because of how much I was enjoying it. What did stick out though, was how things started to move incredibly fast by the last act, and made it feel a little off. The Crait sequence, in particular, is somewhat jarring: they land, the First Order prepares the ramming cannon, they attack on those junk ships, they give up on attacking the cannon, the cannon never fires but the Resistance is back to being cornered. It also introduces Rose by the first time in whole run she even gets to keep some of her dialogue, but along with everything, it just feels pointless. Aside from that, I thought there was still some cringe left with porgs, caretakers, and specially, the out-of-fuel and "people sinking with their ships" plot (this one I just can't get over).

Technically, what I did notice was some dropped frames here and there, and the audio gets slightly out of sync by the last 30 minutes or so, I don't recall exactly with which track. It might be on my end, of course, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

All things considered, The Last Jedi Anti-Cringe Cut was a great watch, and really pulled me back to Star Wars fandom and anticipation for what's still to come. Thank you DonKamillo for your work and passion!

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What can I say? I utterly hated the regular film. I hated the pointlessness of the plot. I hated all of the side plot nonsense with almost every character. I despised the way the fanbase that kept this franchise alive for all of the years that we had no films were treated when we spoke up about our dislike for the film. But the assassination of Luke Skywalker's character was the ultimate sin IMO.

Then I watched this edit.

I didn't know this movie had anything redeemable. However after viewing this cut of the film, I can honestly say it felt like a genuine Star Wars film! Although I doubt I could ever love "The Amazing Wonder Rey", I think this film made everything seem much more plausible. No more man shaming and idiotic male characterizations. You instead get strong characters across the board. Useless side plots are gone, the idiotic humor is gone and the tone is much more dire akin to ESB! We get a Luke Skywalker that feels much more realistic. (Disney's worst mistake was not starting this trilogy during the New Jedi Academy years and showing us Luke, Han and Leia together on screen during a peaceful time.) However despite Disney's shortsightedness, this edit leaves Luke alive and feeling more like a character that had his fall and can now rise again and be the light he was always meant to be! I love this edit and I am so grateful it exists! Thank you DonKamillo, and bravo sir! Bravo

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