Very good fan edit. It's improving all the story of TFA by eliminating the Death Star plot. And, surprisingly, it's working. But it has its weak points (who can be resolved). The bound between Han Solo and Ray is not credible because some scenes are missing. You can definately eliminate the awkward hug between Finn and Poe - it is not necessary to the plot and it is to much (it is not credibile even in the movie). And you can do some more dialogues in the war room to give the new plot more credibility - it seems too rushed. Also, the scene from that new Cantina is a little bit confusing. The visual editing is almost perfectly. In the audio side you can work a little bit - some scenes has not the proper music. The narrative seems to work because you don't feel anymore that you watch "A New Hope" all over again.
I've always believed one should be able to watch a movie with the audio muted and still be able to know what is going on. Perhaps it's because I've seen TFA enough to know the story, but I like to believe it's more for the fact that TMBTM is an expert editor. He manages to cut TFA down to under 60 min. focusing on the very important moments with minimal text cards popping up. It's a rather effective and refreshing way to re-watch the seventh SW film. There's not much I can say about it: it's been cropped 4:3 with film dust and hair added, the film converted to black and white with color overlays to help convey mood, and as previously noted the text cards. It looks and feels like a silent film.
If you're not into silent films then this won't do anything for you, but for those that do enjoy them you'll probably get a kick out of this. I haven't watched TMBTM's previous silent film but after watching this I will have to add them to my to watch list.
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!
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!