Rogue One is a movie I quite enjoyed. For me it is far and away the best Star Wars movie since 1980. That said, it wasn't perfect and certainly among of its biggest faults were the fan service/Easter eggs throughout and a frenetic opening act (I'm defining the opening act as the scenes that lay the groundwork for what is happening in the present day of the film; i.e. after the prologue).
This edit is seamless and I'm sure someone unfamiliar with the original wouldn't detect any "amateur" edits. Many of the most egregious call backs to the OT are excised. And the movie is better for it. The opening act is much more streamlined. That alone makes this version superior. The opening jumps directly from the young Jyn prologue to Jyn in prison to her being rescued from the prison transport. There are no scenes of Bodhi or Cassian. We meet Cassian when Jyn does. A first time viewer may conclude that the prologue ends with Jyn being captured by the Empire. But that potential misconception is quickly dispelled.
The universe-shrinking Easter eggs and callbacks are mercifully reduced. We don't see the Cantina duo nor do we see R2 and C3PO. We do see the characters that make sense such as the X-Wing pilots.
Overall this is a great improvement on an already excellent film. It now feels like a Star Wars movie that stands on its own and doesn't overly rely on our nostalgia. Recommended!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replySeptember 03, 2017
Thank you Moe for your review and constant push to make this the best edit it could be. Your input has been invaluable :) Thanks for helping this edit become what it needed to be :)
Rogue One: a Star Wars story came out December 2016 with a slew of, well mixed reviews. True no one I knew hated it but most felt disappointed with the film nostly due to not caring or knowing much about our main heroes, dodgy CG recreations of two classic characters, and a supposed lack of Darth Vader. Without the aid of deleted scenes, a lot of that can be quite a challenge to tackle, and yet here comes DigModification taking that head on with some pretty good results. That dodgy CG people talk about? It's made a little better through clever recoloring in various scenes. What about our heroes? Imo, trimming down or even cutting out there backstories early on gives a sense of mystery they never really had. Darth Vader, ok nothing could be really done about that but then again he's in the film long enough (it's called having restraint). Even a few of those forced easter eggs are taken out for a smoother experience, giving us and even those on the other side of the fence something closer to that galaxy far far away
Owner's replySeptember 03, 2017
Thanks for the review and support of this project Ironman! You may be interested in the newly available "No More Intro" that slightly changes the narrative and allows us to infer as to what Cassian's faults are instead of having them blatantly shown. It's a minor revision that I believe makes this story more Star Warsy. As always, thanks for your support!
when rogue one first came out i didnt hate it but at the same i there was just something about it that made it feel forced to me.So when this edit came out i was slightly apprehensive that removing a few scenes could change how i felt about the movie. Then i watched it and boy was i wrong ,right from the start i found that i was actually interested in jyn's story and by removing most of her backstory and keeping her a mystery you emphathize a lot more with her character as she comes across now more of a recluse now moving from place to place trying to blend in without being noticed.
Overall i really enjoyed the edit and choice of cuts. personally i would have cut the recruitment of galen .(would have used a shortened version as a flashback)i would have kept his fate a mystery .jyn's real identity is revealed in the first 15minutes anyway.
Most of the cuts really make the movie flow and without a doubt make you want to re-watch this movie over and over.
Just remember "I am one with the force and the force is with me"