This is the greatest edit of Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Some people may argue it's Q2 who has done the greatest Episode II edit but I disagree. I think L8wrtr done it.
The quality was perfect, and the editing was great, it felt like it was never edited in the first place, except in the very beginning, where after the L8WRTR FANEDIT screen with Fox fanfare, a frame of the Fox screen comes out. Other than that, it was great.
The narrative was so much better than the original. And, I really enjoyed it.
EDIT: Changed my mind about the best edit. It's now Hal9000's edit that is the best. However, this one is still an amazing fanedit.
Recently I decided to revisit the Star Wars prequels again, after a good 2 or 3 years of having not watched them. However, I knew that I wouldn’t want to watch the theatrical cuts again, so I thought I’d give L8Wrtr’s prequel trilogy another watch.
Of all the prequels, Attack of the Clones is probably the film I have the most problem watching. The theatrical cut is full of terribly written dialogue which makes the love story between Anakain and Padme a complete failure, plus Lucas’ handling of the teenage Anakin is clumsy at best and he comes across as unlikeable and basically a pain in the ass.
L8wrtr’s fanedited version is a complete revelation , it really is. Not only does he somehow manage to make the romance between Anakin and Padme more natural and almost believable, he also manages to bring out more from Hayden Christensen’s performance. More is indeed less when it came to the dialogue that he had to deliver, so the fanediting here is quite sublime and adds considerable weight to the characters and their plight.
There are so many intricate nips and tucks here that it’s impossible to mention them all, but basically trimming down the action sequences and excising needless plot exposition are two of the key factors here. The story is still convoluted, but is far easier to follow and appreciate than it was in the theatrical cut. Plus, the droid factory sequence is hugely improved and as for the Yoda/Dooku scene – that now works a treat and feels more natural.
The only real downside here is just one edit which involves Padme and Anakin when they are looking longingly into each other’s eyes in front of the fire… it’s so quick that the scene just doesn’t work and in my humble opinion should have been removed altogether. Such as shame, as the rest of the edit is basically perfect.
The Republic Divided is an excellent fanediting achievement though and is the only way I like to watch Episode II now. Great work L8wrtr.
I never liked the Star wars prequels, because they are too crowded with scenes and dialogue and story that it all seems dense and rushed. The original trilogy succeeded because it had a focused story of the rebellion to tell with a limited number of protagonists.
That allowed these movies to breath and its characters to develop roots and the magic could materialise. We followed a young Skywalker to the stars and becoming a Jedi.
Lucas tried something similar with Anakin but it didn’t really pay off because the focus was lost with the myriad of things happening and because he started with a child, having to change the actor for the next installments.
With your fanedits you obviously tried to bring some focus to the new trilogy by trimming all the unnecessary dialogue, characters and scenes and to try to make it an Anakin-story.
In this you greatly succeeded, although Star wars I was a bit too short and rushed in your edit, it still was superior. As an edit star wars II is imho even better, although the underlining movie was worse.
You improved the love-story, and that’s really what the second part is about.
I would have cut the fire-scene as well as it makes it look like they would have intercourse which would not fit well with later scenes.
Some criticize the dialogue before the arena, that Padme’s love-confession feels cheesy. I disagree and think that dialogue was important and fitting as Padme thought that they would die in that arena and wanted to make sure that Anakin knows that she loves him.
In the arena I felt the fight against these monsters was too short and inconclusive in your edit, Anakin gets that animal to ride on and the others jump on and that’s it.
With the exception of that everything else seemed spot-on, even your decision to minimise the slaughter of these sand-people by removing certain scenes like Yoda’s vision. That way Anakin’s tilt towards the dark side is not yet conclusive, although it removed a memorable acting-moment.
The movie was the weakest of the new three and so no fanedit can save this movie fully but your attempt probably did the best possible.
Original movie: 6/10 Your edit turns it into a 7.5/10. The edit itself gets a 8.5/10.