Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: LegendaryFeatured
This is intended as constructive; I enjoy TLJ quite a bit and, given my history with producing fan edits, it was inevitable that I would attempt something like this. What this project is NOT intended as is an indictment of Disney or Rian Johnson. Rather, this is my way of engaging with the film and putting a slight spin on it.
This film subverts audience/fan expectation at many points. While this edit doesn't seek to reverse this, some instances of this were addressed in order to (hopefully) allow the film to do this while still feeling like part 8 of a 9-part story.
Regarding General Hux: It is not my intention to "rescue" this character, as he is rightfully played as a youthful, arrogant Neo-Nazi buffoon. The changes made to his character in this edit are intended to allow him to remain somewhat threatening, at least up until Kylo Ren takes over as Supreme Leader toward the end.
The humor in this film has been pruned, though a great deal of humor has been retained. Star Wars has always relied on humor, though has never strayed into Spaceballs territory. For example, as much as I enjoyed the "iron/spaceship" gag, it felt like something from a parody of Star Wars rather than something within it. This was my guideline. Humor is very subjective, so I attempted to thread the needle as best I could.
This edit does not attempt to alter Rey's character in any meaningful way. Her natural talent for using the Force and heroic escapades are necessary to get the film's story in motion. Her triple-TIE combo shot was removed from the battle of Crait in the conventional interest of "less is more," and is not intended as a commentary of Rey herself. Also, the removal of a single detail during Kylo Ren's conversation with her about her parents is not intended to in any way alter the fact that her parents were "nobody," but merely to address a potential continuity oddity when compared to TFA depicting her parents as leaving Jakku in the process of abandoning her.
All things considered, this fan edit is intended as a lightweight alternative to other edits which remove large swaths of the film. Similar to my edits of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, if you are hoping for a massive overhaul that fundamentally alters the movie, this isn't the edit for you.
- NTSC DVD-5
- Chapter stops
- Subtitles (English and French)
- Trimmed Paige kicking the ladder slightly
- Removed Hux being berated by Snoke at the end of the opening sequence
- Reinstated the 'Luke Has a Moment' deleted scene
- Reinstated the deleted scene where Poe gives Finn back his jacket (with scene transition provided by OT.com user pleasehello)
- At their first meeting, removed Finn telling Rose to breathe
- Removed Rose repeating, “They can track us through lightspeed.“
- Removed both appearances from the ‘Caretakers’ on Ach-to (with a visual effects shot courtesy of OT.com user snooker)
⁃ Trimmed away the lone porg who gives Chewie the doughy eyes, though leaving the joke intact otherwise
⁃ Removed Luke’s line to R2, “Nothing can make me change my mind.”
⁃ Cut down the first sequence at Canto Bight to focus solely on finding the master codebreaker (also removing sounds of coins rattling around inside BB8 in two shots)
- Blended the original Anakin lightsaber ignition sound with the existing different sounds for two shots
- Made it appear as though Finn and Rose follow DJ out of the cell, briefly elude the guards, and the scene ends. Next time we see the trio, they are already in hyperspace (also removing the implication in the later scene that BB8 helped steal the ship).
⁃ Removed Rey asking Kylo Ren is he has a cowl to put on
- Added a center wipe transition from the scene with Finn, Rose, and DJ in hyperspace to the fleet losing their medical frigate
- Used a few shots from a deleted scene to remove the iron/spaceship gag, which borrowed from an old spoof which laughed at Star Wars rather than along with Star Wars (film speck removed by OT.com user poppasketti)
⁃ Trimmed some of the comedy with BB8 being placed under a basket
⁃ Trimmed the heavy, direct hinting before Snoke’s death, using musical score from TFA (courtesy of OT.com user poppasketti)
⁃ Removed the detail from Kylo Ren that Rey’s parents are buried in the Jakku desert, as this seems at odds with the vision we saw in The Force Awakens.
⁃ Moved the scene with Luke and Yoda to immediately prior to Leia looking out over Crait (using audio and video provided by OT.com user Darthrush)
⁃ Removed Finn’s line about the battering ram canon being “old Death Star tech.”
⁃ The crate Luke sits on as he talks with Leia is now stationary and motionless, unaffected by him (effect provided by OT.com user poppasketti)
⁃ Removed Rey’s triple-TIE combo shot, with the Falcon’s involvement in the battle being first revealed with its shadow sweeping by and a single TIE being shot down
⁃ Trimmed Hux ordering fighters to follow the Falcon, leaving this poor tactical move to be attributed to Kylo Ren’s emotional priorities
⁃ Removed Finn’s line, “Oh, they hate that ship!”
⁃ Abbreviated Finn’s suicide run, so that the audience hasn’t had enough time to accept it and get totally on board with it (toward the end of a film that relishes jerking its audience around)
⁃ After Rose saves Finn, removed her line about not “fighting what we hate” and “saving what we love.”
- Removed spot on the sun as Luke gazes out after collapsing, which caused some presumably inadvertent misdirection for some upon first viewing (courtesy of OT.com user poppasketti)
- Snuck in a Wilhelm scream... somewhere in the movie.
Exquisite work as always. I fully recommend this edit to any detractors of the original film. HAL9000 really showcases his mastery of video and audio editing. A must have for Fanedit collector's.
Well the hints in its title Legendary this fanedit definitely is. On their own these amendments might not sound like much but all together makes all the difference to the end product. I got what the movie was trying to saying in the theatre and can appreciate the film because of that which is best said by Yoda:
"Luke, we are what they grow beyond" and Lukes: "Its time for the Jedi, to end." quotes after all what are Jedi at the end of the day a group of religious force sensitive individuals so why not consider a new group of force sensitive people and in turn open up that all to familiar galaxy far, far away.
With that in mind this fanedit strengthens this core message by tightening the story eg perfectly removing the unnecessary Canto Bight chase scene and cutting small scenes or quotes which leaves you concentrating more on characters motives. Adding deleted scenes like Luke morning the loss of Han is a must to have here but my only problem is the omission of the other deleted scene, the third lesson were Luke shows Ray that the Jedi’s ways are ultimately floored as rushing to helping the caretakers is not the Jedi’s way. I can understand why this scene was not added back as Hals removed all scenes with caretakers to show Luke was truly on his own on the island but adding that third lesson would of paid off better with the stories flow even if it meant keeping the other few scenes with the caretakers in the film.
Overall this fanedits achieved what it set out to do by strengthening the original story and making that force sensitive broom boy scene at the end make more sense ;]
Well done Hal
This is a great edit with plenty of hardwork put into it and coming from Hal9000 you can expect that.
While do prefer the original this edit is extremely strong when it comes to pacing, and cutting out some very annoying aspects of the film. Particularly the caretakers and the Canto Bight sequences are cut out with very strong editing.
The insertions of some of the deleted scenes and some surprise additions to the film are plain masterful. However I do prefer the original because the Finn/Rose subplot in this comes off to be very pointless, but then again I very much liked it in this edit. Also I do not think the yoda scene should have been moved and killed the pacing in the 3rd act while making it feel like less of a surprise when Luke returns to save Star Wars.
All of the main plotlines in this film are strengthened with the exception of Finn/Rose/DJ, and it becomes very streamlined which was Hals main goal.
In the end is a great alternate cut of the best Star Wars film since return of the jedi definitely worth watching!
Hal9000's The Last Jedi: Legendary is an excellent edit that addresses many issues with which fans of the series took umbrage. For fans of his work on the prequel trilogy and his The Force Awakens: Restructured, I would highly recommend this version of the movie.
The criticisms I have of this edit are ones which many other fans will probably enjoy. For instance, the Canto Bight sequence is perhaps truncated to the point of pointlessness, which many would argue is Hal's point in the cuts, but, for myself, it makes Finn and Rose's capture and escape pass by far too fast. Their sudden appearance in a ship with DJ was a little jarring for me. I enjoyed the caretakers, though they are not missed in this edit.
The thing that perhaps stuck out the most is the constant visual compression noise present in the video, a problem which Hal has addressed himself in the originaltrilogy forums. (I watched the DVD version, so I cannot speak to the quality of the Blu-Ray.)
Overall, a great alternative to the theatrical release for anyone who only had minor qualms with the movie, such as myself. (I actually think this may be the strongest entry in the saga since Empire.)