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!
The details have already been covered well. For me the biggest help has been the big trims, mainly the Finn/Rose storyline and the casino. Those distracted and dragged the whole movie down. Now pacing is great; things move along and it's an enjoyable storyline. I'm not sure how to resolve Leia's spacewalk, and that's really the only weird hitch in the move for me now.
I share quite a history with TLJ (see my review of DonKamillo's Anti-Cringe-Cut for the full story). Long story short: for almost two years this film really my hurt my ever-lasting love for Star Wars. Until I discovered the fanedits of this film.
The Fallen Knight made me not hate it anymore, the Anti-Cringe-Cut made me like it and TLJ: Legendary made me love it. Perfect video and audio quality/editing (visually TLJ has always been an impressing film) and 100% improved storytelling by getting rid of all disctracting things (which there too many of to name them all).
Only things I didn't like that are still in this edit: the shot of Luke drinking milk, Carrie Poppins and Rose saving Finn.
Gladly TLJ: Rekindled by poppasketti builds up on this edit and fixes all of my remaining problems with this. If it holds up by video/audio quality/editing, it'll be my definitive go-to version for the future.
Nonetheless: thank you, Hal9000 for the amazing work! As always a fantastic edit. Really excited for the finished version of TROS: Ascendant, the workprint v4 is already quite good.
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.
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.