That's the kind of fan editing project that worth spending your time on. Not only the idea is unique and fascinating by itself, but the author keeps finding good editing solutions that work great for this format. Sometimes it's quite evident that the original film is too modern to age it realistically, but for the most part the author is successful at what he's trying to achieve. Great charismatic performances and beautiful score are highlighted even more by this format, which is a real treat. Loved every minute of it!
This edit turns The Force Awakens into a silent film by changing the aspect ratio, adding various monochromatic filters, and removing all audio in favour of a very well chosen orchestral soundtrack. This idea is incredibly unique and I'd like to see it attempted again with other films as well. My one suggestion would have been to lower the framerate of the video in order to further enhance the silent film feeling.
Additionally, this edit essentially follows a truncated version of the plot of The Force Awakens very closely. Title cards largely correspond to what is said in the original film. I feel that this was a missed opportunity to rewrite the story, although I can't really fault the editor on this as the edit came out before The Last Jedi and the other sequel film.
I have to say, truly impressed by this edit. Even with no actual sound from the actual playing video, everything just... works! I agree with the others, and have to say that TMBTM is seriously an expert editor. The narrative flows well, everything comes together nicely, dialogue cards are used well, does not take you out of the experience at all. What TMBTM has achieved is great, condensing TFA into just 55 minutes is impressive, and key elements, breathing room, emotional moments still have their place with nothing out of place. The music is great, very fitting overall, and also lets you feel the whole score with no other noise while making it fit emotionally, and TMBTM has done this excellently. The colour tint of the B&W scenes show emotion and tone of each scene, and more importantly each moment. The pan&scan 3:4 format, and then the vignette, grain, imperfections and all that good stuff are also done superbly!
I'll echo the others' once again too, I think I'll sit back and take a look at the other 6 edits, because this one was amazing. Stellar job, TMBTM!
This was an absolute joy to watch. At less than hour long, TMBTM manages to still maintain a consistent and clear narrative, capturing all the key plot points.
I dare say I enjoyed this more than the original. A delayed reveal of Kylo Ren as Han and Leia's son, very little Star Killer Base/Death Star fan service...all the bits I didn't like were gone, and a simple, but satisfying story remained, as did character charm.
It was wonderful hearing the soundtrack as a feature. It truly allowed me to appreciate elements of the music that I wouldn't normally notice.
Visually, this was gorgeous as well. The contrast in colour, black & white and sepia was superbly used and created an excellent visual dynamic. Music and colour told more about the emotion of the story and characters than you would necessarily expect (A key example being the death of Han Solo).
Now for the qualms, (the part of the review I hate). These are pure nitpicks compared to the beauty of the overall product:
I noticed a few music transitions, most of which would easily go unnoticed. There was, however, one jarring music cut at around 50:24. There was also one visual cut at around 46:54ish (possibly just before) that I found took me out of the experience slightly.
Overall, though? Wonderful. A genuine pleasure from beginning to end. I'd echo Q2 in saying that this makes me want to go and watch the other silent edits. It also makes an excellent recap of The Force Awakens - just in time for Episode VIII!
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Owner's replyDecember 10, 2017
Thanks for bringing up that audio glitch, I will check this and re-upload a new version without that problem. The visual thing at 46:54 I can't tell for now if it's a flash frame or not. Looks like it could be. I'll check that too.