Ep. 4 - Adywan
Ep. 5 - Adywan
Ep. 6 - (pending Adywan….)
Ep. 1 - L8wtr
Ep. 2 - L8wtr
Ep. 3 - Hal
Ep. 7 - Hal
Ep. 8 - Hal
Ep. 9 - no one, I can’t stand this movie.
Yeah, I have total faith in Rian Johnson’s vision here, and while it will never be ESB (what is?), it took a lot of chances, suffered more flak than Yossarian, and endured.
Hal’s edit is my go to for a few obvious and needed changes (it’s always the garish humor that goes first, isn’t it?) Some restructuring works (all that Canto) and that ending is just fantastic.
I’m a sucker for Mark Hamill, a great childhood hero, will always be so for me, so to see him in action here, til the bitter dual-sunset end, will always have a place close to the hermetically-sealed, open-by-lightsaber-only nerd-attic of my soul (dig that metaphor!).
What Hal’s two edits have done for me is give the first two sequels a home in my ever-expanding library of SW to gnaw on when the mood hits (or, as I see it for my daughter, when it’s time to go to school and learn some modern mythology).
The Dude just can’t abide Episode 9! I just don’t react well when I even think about how they tossed Anakin’s redemption arc into the gutter for the sake of Superdaisy needing something to do.
By the end of this episode the writing was already on the wall for Finn, as it was for Poe (that poor, emasculated bastard), but this film, warts and all, even post-fan edit, does conclude what i consider to be an intriguing epilogue ala “Death of Michael Corleone”, an asterisk, *not* a story arc with any intrinsic value that needed to be told, and certainly not an organic conclusion to the Skywalker story.
Begin and end your sequel experiences with Hal’s 7 and 8. The force is open to anyone, broom boy is where the epilogue should end (bringing it home!) RJ was daring and correct; Hal gets it.
I quite loved the theatrical cut of The Last Jedi but even I will admit that the 2nd act is too much of a slog and has diminished my appreciation for the film upon subsequent viewings. Thankfully, Hal9000 has done it again and provided me with a better alternative that addresses all of my problems with that pesky 2nd act. Well done
Although I'm solidly in the "pro-TLJ" camp, there were definite problems that I had with the film, largely to do with Rose's character and the humour (which seemed more at place in a Marvel movie that in Star Wars) and this edit smoothes out nearly all of my problems. This will be my "go-to" version to watch from here on out. (In fact, with a bit of splicing in from the TFA trailer, as a "previously on..." you could almost call this version "Star Wars: The Epilogue" and have it stand completely on its own from the Abrams-directed entries. But I'll withhold making that fan edit myself until I get my eyeballs on Hal9000's cuts of those films!)
As good as HAL's "Force Awakens" edit. If you liked that, you'll like this one, too. As always, there are a few narrative choices where I would have zigged where he zagged, but this isn't my edit, it's his. Kudos to him for seeing his vision through!
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!