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#1146308
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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My wife and I really enjoyed TLJ. Was it a perfect film? No. I didn’t expect it, or need it, to be.

I loved what they did with Luke. It was a bold choice to have him not fight a single battle. I’ve read so much criticism of this that just boils down to “But I really wanted to see Luke fight” and that is lazy criticism as far as I’m concerned. It’s a much more narratively interesting choice to make to depict Luke in this way.

I love that Rey’s parents are nobodies. People seem to forget that the Star Wars galaxy used to be a big place. There was a time when it wasn’t this one tiny corner where everyone is somehow related. Put yourself in the writers’ chair. You have two choices: Rey’s parents are somebody we know, or they’re not. If you make it somebody we know, how do you make that information valuable to the character’s development. What does it matter to anyone in these movies whether Rey is the daughter or granddaughter of someone we all know? It doesn’t. It only matters to audiences and fans who have spent the last year on Reddit building elaborate theories. By making Rey’s parents “nobodies” it does a lot of great things. It makes her special in her own way, not because she’s part of a genetic dynasty, but because of the will of the Force, or chance, or fate. It widens the galaxy back up again. It reminds the audience that there are a lot of force-sensitive people out there who are potentially impotant in this story. Not just members of the Skywalker/Solo family. It also gives Rey the opportunity to feel all of this along with the audience. To realize that she is on her own in a liberating way, and that her family is the one she makes on her own. I love that. It ties in with the final shot of the movie, the young slave boy using the force to pick up his broom and stare out at the stars.

Snoke. Another interesting subversion of expectations. I think this is the criticism I sympathize with the most. I had hoped for more from him. I started to wonder early in TLJ if he was Grand Moff Tarkin and survived the DS destruction somehow. But we have to remember, we knew very little about the Emperor before he was killed in ROTJ. It was only later that we got his back story. I guarantee you that we will get Snoke’s back story at some point in some other medium. But again, from a writing perspective, how do you deliver confirmation of one of a dozen fan theories in a way that matters at all to the characters in the story? You can’t, because there is no way that it is important to Rey or anyone else. Only to the fans.

TLJ was a movie that deliberately sought to subvert our expectations. And more than that, I think it is intended to be the literal darkest film in the saga, one that actually shatters our beliefs and understanding of what this is all about. TESB is often called the darkest film of the OT, but it’s still pretty cozy and comforting as far as adventure films go. It’s a warm blanket and mug of tea compared to TLJ (ham-fisted humor aside). I think we’re supposed to be left as upset and broken as many fans feel, because paradigms have been shattered, in preparation for synthesizing a new order in part 9.

Sorry for the long post, this is just what my wife and I concluded after an hour-long TLJ discussion last night.

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#1146287
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Mielr said:

ChainsawAsh said:
The way Luke actually died. For no fucking reason. At all.

Not. Fucking. Cool. Rian.

My nephew and I were discussing this…why DID he die? Did he use up all his life force when he astral projected? I mean, WTF?

Yeah sure, why not? I imagine projecting your form across the galaxy is pretty damn exhausting. Or is it possible he CHOSE to die so that he could be more useful to Rey as a Force Ghost?

I don’t expect to have all of these questions answered in this movie when there is another still to come.

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#1128881
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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Snaketibe said:

Before the expiration of the $1,000 challenge offer tomorrow, 12th November, please can I take this opportunity to encourage anyone who enjoys Ady’s Revisited project, but has not yet donated, to do so? There is still time to have your donation matched by the very generous offer made by 1,000 Challenge. There has never been a better time to donate to Revisited, as your donation will effectively be doubled at no extra expense to you.

I would like to thank 1,000 Challenge for his kindness and generosity in making this offer, and of course also Adywan for his continued hard work, dedication, talent and generosity at making and sharing the Revisited films with the rest of us.

I really enjoy and appreciate Ady’s work, and so I have just made a donation as part of the $1,000 challenge. Please consider doing likewise. Thank you.

Just donated. Thanks for the reminder!

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#1110429
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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TV’s Frink said:

I think some of you puppet lovers are seeing them through nostalgia glasses.

Yoda was brilliant. But compare him to some of those ROTJ puppets…it’s not even close.

Even the bad puppets have a charm to them that’s hard to ignore, but suddenly becomes easy to undervalue when you’re trying to “fix” things to make everything “perfect.” It’s like looking back on photos of the Halloween costumes my mom made for us in the 80s. They weren’t perfect, but they’re still fascinating to look at in a way that my friends’ storebought plastic costumes never were. Maybe you’re right and it is nostalgia, but I have a soft spot for the bad ROTJ puppets because there’s something endearing about the handmade craft quality to them that shiny CGI just doesn’t have.

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#1110018
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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DominicCobb said:

I am curious to what extent ady means when he calls this a fan edit.

With ESBR and ANHR (Purist) you had basically the same films, edit-wise (besides small, almost unnoticeable adjustments), with the idea being a sort of special special edition, meaning mostly visual fixes. I wonder if the special special edition changes to ROTJ inherently change the edit in larger ways (i.e. alternate Boba death, additional and/or different pilots and fighters, additional and/or different battle scenes on Endor, etc.). Basically I’m curious if there’s really much of any editing planned beyond what is necessary to implement the new elements and maintain a good pace.

I’ll take it either way, of course.

I think we can expect to see a few changes in the story that go further than ANHR and ESBR - like a different death for Fett, some heavier line trimming, maybe even whole sequences cut or restructured in the battle of Endor. What I don’t think we’ll see is Ady reorganizing the film the way it’s been recommended here - cutting whole scenes, moving scenes around, adding entirely new scenes, changing introductions, etc. I don’t know, that’s just my gut feeling. Just because ROTJR is getting the heaviest editing job of the Revisited saga doesn’t mean it’s going to be a radical prequel-style edit.

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#1100379
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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doubleofive said:

A kind Twitter-er has made some before-and-afters for the Battle of Hoth:

https://twitter.com/ToasterMemes/status/899363175849750532/video/1

https://twitter.com/ToasterMemes/status/899369874262306821/video/1

That’s cool! It would be awesome if there was a way to do a mouseover effect like screenshotcomparison.com but with video or animated gif.

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#1097793
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Mistar Muffin said:

Ryan McAvoy said:

My favourite thing at the moment might be the moving graphics superimposed on the glass in the Hoth command center. It still feels like the same shot but with a modern touch. Great job. It’s also something that could believably have been done in 1980 via practical means.

Here is a comparison of this shot:

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/114614

You can’t get a sense of how it moves from the screenshot but it really gives the actress the appearance of looking at something specific on the glass. It sort of has a “locking on” animation while they are targeting the Star Destroyer with the ion cannon and then turns red when they fire.

I added the comparison to my earlier post.
One of my favorite additions too!

Of course, I think one of the most important changes of all, aside from the color correcting, is fixing the changing thickness of the lightsabers. If little else was fixed, I’m grateful for that consistency!

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#1081670
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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teharri said:

stretch009 said:

teharri said:

5 days down, at most 25 more days left. Cannot wait for this edit

You’ve waited 9 years, surely you can wait a little longer.

I can,but whats the harm in having some sort of count down.

Because the guy doesn’t need the added pressure of a countdown, perhaps?

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#1041458
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Arking said:

I’m a bit of a geek for all the miniature set shots and explanations from Weta and LucasArts so I hope Adywan includes some of these behind the scenes shots of his work in the special features. It’s a lot of work to record ones development of props but having had the pleasure of seeing what he’s developed it would be great to see the effort celebrated and credited. I don’t care too much for knowing how he does it, trade secrets etc but a photo series like the recent Wampa shots are really awesome.

Same here. I really hope there are some timelapse videos of model-building and assembly.

I show my wife the pics Ady posts on FB and she is always blown away… “This guy is just a fan doing this in his house?? Why doesn’t he work for Disney yet?!”

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