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...
Franchise:
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
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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(Updated: September 18, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

I have seen many edits of Last of the Jedi to mixed results. Most don't take if far enough and I felt the original theatrical cut was convoluted and weak. It was just not for the fans but it had great ingredients. The Cringe-cut has taken what it could and made it into something great. My only complaint was the scroll should not say Cringe-cut and that is because it is a disservice to this great fan-edit. I felt like this is go-to so why not make the scroll fit in with the series.
I am not a fan-editor but have seen my share to know talent and making this movie fit into Star Wars world takes skill. *Spoiler alert-Though, handling of Leia and Luke will cause much disturbance in the (fan-based) force I think this was just better especially due to what sadly happened to Carrie Fisher. Motivations changed, sub-plots removed, scenes that are over the top or just too silly have been excised.

I had no issues with edits or sound issues, I just plain enjoyed a slimmed down, action packed Star Wars movie. Remember when they were fun and the good guys/gals win!

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(Updated: September 17, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
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9.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
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8.0

I'm not a fan of TLJ, to say the very least. Still, the idea of a fan edit intrigued me. This version does remove a lot of stupid crap, but sadly there is still some that remains. This isn't the fault of the editor though, it's the source material. For example, the vast majority of Luke on Craggy Island was poorly written and made little sense to me. I'm glad the whole casino subplot was removed, it was garbage and didn't flow with the rest of the film. What remains in this version of Rose is still too much for me, what an awful character she is. The fact that she's acknowledged by name even once makes me cringe. I didn't miss the Leia pretending she's Supergirl scene at all, as it is an abomination. Leia has the power to cheat death but can do nothing to save the lives of her fellow rebels as they're systematically blown up one ship after another?!? The third act is a bit clunky continuity wise, but again one can only do so much with the source material. All in all, this is much better than the theatrical cut, and I give you a ton of credit for trying to make the film more watchable.

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8.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
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6.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
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9.0

I hated The Last Jedi. The whole thing was a mess. I was hoping for a fanedit that fixed it and this is it. I loved all the narrative choices - the movie is improved tenfold. It does get a little clunky during the final battle, but the editor did a good job with what he had. The only additional thing I was hoping for was a removal of Hologram Luke, but you can't have it all.

I was happy to see it had a 5.1 audio track, but there are a lot of issues with it. There are about a half dozen spots where the dialogue randomly jumps into the front left and rear left channels for no apparent reason. It's too bad, because it really takes you out of the experience.

That said, it's not a fatal flaw this easily replaces the original for me. Recommended for anyone who was disappointed with the original.

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7.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
6.0
Enjoyment 
 
7.0

Let me start by saying, for me, any edit of TLJ must exclude Canto Bight. So this edit works for me, but obviously will not work for anyone who wants the Canto Bight sideplot. Overall this is a good edit and it comes close to my imagined perfect cut. But there are a few things I had trouble with and I'll list them below.

- The lightsaber exchange just didn’t work for me. I think I’d be happier with the toss.

- The cut between Luke with the fish and the beacon didn’t work for me.

- I don’t like the half truth Luke tells Rey in the temple by the reflecting pool. I’d rather the whole story be omitted with just Luke saying it was too late to save Ben.

- I’m not sure of the reason for the clip of the future Rey/Kylo interaction during the Rey/Luke fight. If you can explain why that's there I'd appreciate it. But it felt odd and unnecessary to me.

- The sound was off at the end of the Luke/Kylo standoff. I had to convert the file using Handbrake to be able to play on my AppleTV. So if this sound sync issue is a result of that, let me know and I'll amend my rating.

- The only big thing I miss is the final Luke/Leia scene.

- Of course, Leia dying on camera and Luke surviving could have serious continuity issues. This is a narrative issue, in my opinion, and is what really makes it hard for me to get with this edit.

Overall, the edit works and shows that there’s a good movie in there. Unfortunately, I feel like too much continuity is lost with the overall trilogy (I'm assuming). It’s not far off from my perfect edit, but it has some deal breakers for me. Between this and the Fallen Knight edit, I think I may be able to piece together my ideal version. I didn't hate TLJ and so far I've seen some edits that make it enjoyable. It's still not a great movie, but if you can live with the continuity issues, this is a vast improvement over the theatrical.

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- The cut between Luke with the fish and the beacon didn’t work for me.
Didn't cut anything there. That's Johnson's doing :)

- I don’t like the half truth Luke tells Rey in the temple by the reflecting pool. I’d rather the whole story be omitted with just Luke saying it was too late to save Ben.
Do you mean that in your oppinion I should have cut it this way or do you think I cut something in this scene, because I didn't. :) Nevertheless I liked that aspect in the movie first having the flashback as both Luke and Kylo remembered it and finally how it really happened.

- I’m not sure of the reason for the clip of the future Rey/Kylo interaction during the Rey/Luke fight. If you can explain why that's there I'd appreciate it. But it felt odd and unnecessary to me.
Explanation for that scene is in the "Changes" tab under "CHANGED"

- The sound was off at the end of the Luke/Kylo standoff. I had to convert the file using Handbrake to be able to play on my AppleTV. So if this sound sync issue is a result of that, let me know and I'll amend my rating.
Could be because the audio sync issue. It plays fine on my Panasonic- and LG-TV though...

- The only big thing I miss is the final Luke/Leia scene.
It did hurt a bit to cut that out, but I had to be consistent ;)

- Of course, Leia dying on camera and Luke surviving could have serious continuity issues. This is a narrative issue, in my opinion, and is what really makes it hard for me to get with this edit.
Yes, I was aware, that my decision would split the viewer base.

Can you explain your decision to give an 8/10 for Audio/Video quality?

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(Updated: September 15, 2018)
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7.4
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9.0
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7.0
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7.0

While I do like this like this edit, I don't think it's my ideal edit of the film.

The audio quality is somewhat mixed. A lot of the times it's good, but whenever something like an explosion happens the music and other sfx are blown out and the audio gets distorted. At some points, voices are really quiet. This mostly happens with side characters that only have a line or two. For example, when the girl in the command center says, "We have enough fuel for just one jump." and, in the same scene, the Ackbar like character has a line that is just barley audible. There are other instances after this scene where this happens but they are few and far between.

The Poe/Holdo subplot edit is good. The added deleted scenes between the Luke/Rey and the fish nun, Finn and Poe on the bridge, and Luke mourning Han are scenes that should've been apart of the theatrical cut. A lot of smaller cuts did feel noticeable but that's probably because I'm flirting with my own TLJ edit and I know this film a bit too well. I know Canto Bight is a point of contention among fans but I think it and the original Poe/Holdo subplot should be left in. Not because they were particular amazing, it's just without them this film just feels kind of anemic. I thought viewing an edit with them removed will change my mind it only really reaffirmed it. The Luke/Rey and Kylo/Snoke plots are really good already so it's not too bad. I didn't really like Luke's force vision. Maybe I'm misinterpreting it, but we already know Luke knows Rey may turn to the dark side. Why would he need to be reminded by Yoda to stand down? Hell even if he didn't know why would he need to be reminded to stand down at all? I think the theatrical cut worked fine and this extra bit was not needed. I probably dislike this edit the most. Leia's death felt off too. I think a different music track being played here could've helped sell it. The cut directly to Luke in the Falcon just made it feel less authentic. But also with the limited footage it would be a hard sell to begin with. I think just keeping the piano bit that plays originally when Leia as floating space, then trasnitioning to Luke in the Falcon while it still plays would work better.

The removal of Canto Bight, the edited Poe/Holdo subplot, and Leia actually dying have a kind of domino effect the rest of the film. Especially the ending. The ending feels incomplete. Finn is gone most of the movie and then he's just on Canto Bight all the sudden (in a First Order get up no less). Then when the resistance is on the Falcon it just feels abrupt. This is the "domino effect" as this scene kind of has to be abrupt because Leia can't be their because technically she's dead. I think changing the music that plays here to something more somber could help with selling this as the music is trumphant when it doesn't really feel that triumphant. The track worked in the orginal because of Leia's bit about "We have everything we need." but the most triumphant thing about this scene now is the glow of the kaiber crystal (if you can catch it). Maybe instead of having it be revealed at the end that Luke is infact alive, intercut with the Falcon and Luke getting up and looking towards the sunset. You can show that Rey's smile is because she knows Luke is okay or something like that and just use the music from the Luke death scene. Not sure how well this would work, but it's an idea.

It will be interesting to see how episode 9 turns out and if DonKamillo will do an edit of it. If I end up enjoying that, I think I'll enjoy the Anti-Cringe Cut more.

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