X-Men: The Last Stand - Just About Jeanless

X-Men: The Last Stand - Just About Jeanless

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X-Men: The Last Stand - Just About Jeanless
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
"We are the Cure"
Original Movie Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2006
Original Running Time:
90
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
46
Time Cut:
55
Brief Synopsis:
I've been meaning to do an X-Men 3 edit for the longest time but struggled to find a means of making it unique. The result was a blissfully short piece I've labelled J.A.J, "Just About Jeanless". Yes, an X-3 cut with ALMOST no Jean Grey.
Intention:
Think of this as a "reality cut" of X-3, one where Jean did not come back from the dead, Scott didn't needlessly die, and the X-Men still had to put up a valiant struggle against Magneto's forces to preserve a child with the power to hold back mutations.
Other Sources:
- X-Men: The Last Stand DVD
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
Far too many to count, except for a brief "blink and you'll miss" cameo with Scott, who survives the film but remains very withdrawn, Jean is gone. Everything else more or less fits the same. I changed up the opening scene, and removed the danger room training. The film now starts with Xavier and Ororo talking to one another, and Rogue learning of the cure on the television. Xavier also doesn't die, and his lecture is pushed back towards the end of the movie.

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.7
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.5  (2)
Visual Editing 
 
9.0  (2)
Audio Editing 
 
9.0  (2)
Narrative 
 
8.5  (2)
Enjoyment 
 
8.5  (2)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
8.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

First things first,This has got to be one of the best edits for X-men Last Stand.While there is the issue of continuity at some points,it is,but a minor gripe for the most of the edit has been made in a very streamlined manner and for a first time viewer,this may very well be the theatrical release itself.

While there is little added to the story,the removal of Jean Grey does make the film a whole lot better and you wonder what the end result would've been like had the studio never had the feeling to shoehorn the "Dark Phoenix" saga into the third installment.Using Jean's voice to indicate Scott's PTSD(and hence his withdrawal from the events of the film) really makes sense.I can also totally buy that a reckless and vengeful Scott would probably be one of the first to be killed by the sentinels for the DOFP events to still maintain continuity.It also eradicates the issue of "Professor X returning from the dead whilst still retaining his face" since he is still alive in this cut.
I'd go for this cut any day over the theatrical release(but might have to keep it in consideration since the events of "The Wolverine" are still dependent on the Jean Grey arc of the film)

This might not replace the theatrical release completely for me but I'll be sure to include it as a short alongside X2
Thanks to Zarius for being able to make me enjoy this film after nearly a decade
p.s:The duration of the edit makes it the perfect x-men fix on a busy day

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(Updated: November 25, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
8.1
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
7.0

This editor has done a commendable job of focussing the different narrative arcs. They feel genuinely less disjointed, as each one is given more screentime before cutting to another one in this edit, rather than spending like a minute at a time on one storyline then cutting to another like a chaotic mess in the theatrical cut.

There is much more character development in this edit, not by really changing anything but just by removing screentime. By removing practically all of the footage not related to Magento or Rogue's arcs, seeing as they're the only characters who have one, the viewer is able to overlook the other characters because they're relegated to background characters. No-body gets invested in a background character, so we just get to focus on the characters who have an arc...

Which makes it all the more a shame that only significant problem is that, while the edit succeeds in making me care about where the story goes, it ultimately doesn't go anywhere. Mainly because any significant changes in these characters lives are ultimately undone by the final shot of the film. The only way to solve this is to remove it, but then you lose the ongoing thematic idea of Magneto having lost the chess match to Xavier. The only two editing choices are bad ones, which is by no means the fault of the editor but is just the only options Brett Ratner has given. But in the end, seeing as the choices were to sacrifice narrative consequence or sacrifice deeper idealogical subtext, I think Zarius definitely made the right choice.

If nothing else, Zarius has made the only edit of this film I have seen that makes me genuinely invested in the development of the narrative as it's transpiring. And for that baffling achievement alone, I wholeheartedly recommend this edit.

Bravo, Zarius (=

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