Wow. Just wow. When I finished watching this edit I thought to myself, "That was a great movie!" I think that is the best praise an edit can get.
It has been more than a year since I watched The Last Jedi so I was not hung up on what was removed or changed. I was able to watch it as a movie, not as a fanedit. And as a movie it was terrific. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done!
This edit of the Last Jedi addresses Finn (John Boyega) and Rose's (Kelly Marie Tran) adventure on Canto Bight. In the original film, they become distracted and almost forget about the First Order's impending obliteration of the Resistance fleet.
Finn is dazzled by the glamorous casino environment and Rose lectures him about gambling culture. Their relationship is tense. When they disappointingly fail to complete their mission, their time on Canto Bight seems wasteful. Also, Rose's kiss with Finn on Crait is unsupported by their time together.
Instead, Hal 9000 makes the Finn and Rose storyline feel more urgent and less inessential. The editor removes most of the casino scenes and their encounter with child slaves in a stable. By cutting Rose's criticism of capitalism, she becomes less salty and more sweet. The pair work as a team. Rose's romantic feelings towards Finn now feel more credibile.
The force sensitive boy from the cut stable scene appears at the climax. His ring with a resistance symbol will confuse viewers. It may be better to re-insert the stable scene and include a condensed version of Rose and Finn's galloping escape on the fathier creatures. Otherwise, the ring close-up shot should be cut.
Hal 9000 has tempered the director's humour and retained the original film's narrative. The visual and sound editing are excellent.
This review is based on the first version of Hal 9000's edit. I have read the change list for the second version and would recommend watching either of them.
This edit makes Last Jedi much more enjoyable and less of a slog. The original film drags through most of the movie and is full of useless, and bad, humor. This fanedits cleans all of that up nicely and makes the story feel more tense and engaging. The removal of Canto Bight helps immensely, and the other, smaller edits really help to seal the deal. Overall a fantastic edit and the version of the film I'll be watching from now on.
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 ;]