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

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I approached this edit with the mindset that one can only do so much when polishing a turd. I didn't think it was possible for an edit to make this movie not only entertaining, but also rewatchable. And yet, here I am. Dumbfounded, awe-struck, and genuinely hyped for the Anti-Cringe-Cut for the next movie, which I'm about to watch. The last time I felt this way about a Star Wars fanedit was the first time I saw the Anti-Cheese edits for the Prequels, and I thought that was only possible because Lucas had legitimately good ideas in those films that just needed tweaking. Here is a movie made for the sole purpose of spitting in fans' faces, transformed into a slightly (endearingly) awkward flick that only wants to be its own thing. Yes, Luke is still a sad, pathetic hermit, but at least there's better reasoning behind this change in character. Yes, Rose Tico is still in this movie, but at least her inclusion no longer hinders the plot. Heck, even Holdo's subplot, of all things, gets a much-needed touch-up. I'm a little on the fence about the Death Star cannon on Crait, but let's be honest; polished turds still have bits of crap here and there, and DonKamillo really did the best he (she?) could've done, given what he (she?) had to work with. As an added bonus, whether intentional or not, this fanedit fits practically seamlessly with DigModiFicaTion's Heir to the Force fanedit, so you can have your cake, and eat it too! Definitely worth checking out.

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We have to go back to the 17th of December, 2015 when a not even 20 year old boy sat in a theatre at midnight, crying through the entire title crawl of The Force Awakens 'cause he loves Star Wars since he was 6 years old but never thought he‘d see the premiere of a Star Wars Episode at the theatre. And boy oh boy, did this boy love that movie.

Two years went by and it was the 14th of December, 2017 - again at midnight. I was hyped like only a few times before in my life. And maybe that was the ultimate reason for the utter and bitter devastation that followed. How I hated that movie. How I hated everyone that defended it.

Fast forward again two years. After seeing The Rise of Skywalker I decided to give this another go. It had been the only Star Wars movie I‘ve only ever watched once. I couldn‘t get myself to and I didn‘t want to watch the movie in it‘s original form again. So I‘ve searched for a fanedit and found „The Fallen Knight“ which doesn‘t change the movie from the ground up but removes most of the shenanigans that bothered me so much and left me with a version of the film I neither love or hate. Instead it left me like Luke at the end of his life: in peace.

I was beginning to wonder if there could be even more done with the source material. So this time around I went with DonKamillos "Definitive Anti-Cringe-Cut". The first and second act are perfect. Seemless editing and a narrative which made me really enjoy this film.

Because hidden under all the unanswered questions/unsatisfying answers (Who are the Knights of Ren?, Who is Snoke?, Who are Rey‘s parents?), all the dumb humour ('Yo Mamma' jokes, porgs and the mighty Luke sucking space milk from an alien tiddy), all the aimless storylines (Finn/Rose/Rey love triangle, Canto Bright, DJ, Captain Phasma) and all the other mischiefs (CARRIE f*cking POPPINS and Luke tossing away the lightsaber after THE most anticipated cliffhanger ever) lies an amazing movie after all!

Unfortunately for this edit there were some choices made for last half hour which change the story in such a major way that it even effects the continuity of the next film so this can't be the replacement I'm looking for. It just wasn‘t for me.

Overall this was a great improvement over the theatrical cut and I'm really beginning to enjoy this film. Next up I'm gonna give "The Last Jedi Reimagined" by tiMartyn a shot seeing if it'll become my go-to version for the future.

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As others have said, anyone trying to recut this mess is in for a lot of work. Trying to turn TLJ into a decent film might seem impossible, but DonKamillo has done just that. You might think he'd have to cut a lot and you'd be right. This guy is aggressive, but dang if this movie didn't need it. For quite a while, my favorite cut of this film was "The Clean Cut" which is a big improvement on the original, but this goes farther and takes more risks. You won't watch thing and have to stop and wonder if you're actually watching the theatrical release. You know it all the way through. And not because it looks bad or sounds messy. The cuts and clean and mostly unnoticed. But most of all, the movie is a good looking movie, even if the story is awful. Don fixes a lot of the story and retains the slick and shiny presentation which is the only thing Rian Johnson seemed to have any talent for. This is probably my go to cut and I can't wait to see what he does with RoS. Thank the maker for fan editors like DonK

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(Updated: May 22, 2020)
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I am absolutely anti the Disney Trilogy and TLJ was the worst one in my opinion. We’re in an age of deconstructing our heroes, but this was ridiculous. Now, with that being said of my views.....

Wow! There was a lot of time and effort and thought put into this edit. Without having watched the movie since opening night in theaters, I went into this completely fresh. Outside of 1 or 2 minor nitpicks, this was a HUGE improvement over the original cut. Canto Bight plot is not missed, but I missed seeing Finn. Here, with his reduced screen time, it does drive home what the DT ended up doing with him as having him a side character in the background.

Without all of the excess fat, the 2 major plot lines are more focused and surprisingly, Poe became likable for me since the mutiny plot is gone. I love that Luke lives and I love that ending leading into the next movie. The ending didn’t quite feel “Star Wars-y” as the scene felt like a mid-credits scene, but overall the DT doesn’t feel “Star Wars-y” either in general.

2 minor nitpicks

1. The emotional scene of Luke in front of his jedi robe in the trunk could’ve been used perfectly as him sensing Leia’s demise and his conflict with returning to action.

2. Since the narrative was altered to have more scenes take place at once on Acho-To (I think I spelled it right), it felt like it had been edited it didn’t quite have a natural flow. This isn’t a slight against Don, it just has to do with the material he had to work with.

Oh yeah! That one additional shot of the island from overhead was clearly slowed down and that bothered me surprisingly, but you work with what you have.

Overall, this was an excellent edit and Don didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, he fixed it for a much smoother ride through a bumpy road for Star Wars fans.

Applause all around for you, sir!
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