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STAR WARS: Last Jedi (The Anti-Cringe-Cut)

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STAR WARS: Last Jedi (The Anti-Cringe-Cut)

This movie was a mess! It managed to subvert fan expectations in the worst way. With it’s pointless twists and turns, unnecessary side plots, some ridiculous character moments and cringe-worthy dialogue it quickly buried my faith in the new STAR WARS franchise. But Episode 8 was not all bad so a spark of hope remained… Maybe with some cuts here and there, it could be possible to redeem this movie. So I did exactly that! I proudly present my first Anti-Cringe-Cut with the following cut-list:

Cut:

  • The blonde rebel girl in the beginning saying “Oh no” as she sees the Star Destroyers popping up
  • The silly face General Hux makes while looking at his officer when Poe approaches them alone
  • Poe “phone pranking” General Hux at the beginning
  • BB8’s Whack-A-Mole joke and bashing his head into the circuit to repair Poe’s ship cannons
  • Aerial shot of Rey walking up to Luke
  • Luke throwing away his light saber and Rey retrieving it later
  • Almost all Porg scenes
  • Rey explaining to Luke what Chewbacca is saying after they burst into his hut
  • Luke’s weird milking scene
  • Leia coming back from the dead after being sucked out into space
  • All of Leia’s appearances after her “death”
  • Admiral Holdo berating Poe
  • Poe being frustrated about Admiral Holdo’s behavior
  • Poe’s coup against Admiral Holdo
  • Maz Kanata’s silly phone call
  • Finn’s side quest on Canto Bight (and the whole Code-breaker nonsense)
  • Rose’s introduction
  • Rey nearly killing the island nuns with a rock
  • Luke falling down after Rey hits him on the head from behind.
  • Captain Phasma
  • BB8 going on a killing spree
  • Finn trying to sacrifice himself in the battle on Crait and Rose “saving” him
  • Rose kissing Finn while the Rebel Base is being blown up in the background
  • Luke dying

Added:

  • Deleted scene where Poe is getting a distress call from the rebel base in the beginning
  • Deleted scene where Luke is mourning Han
  • Deleted scene where the island nuns are introduced
  • Deleted scene where Poe explains to Finn what happened while he was in a coma
  • Deleted scene showing Luke’s third lesson to Rey (involving the island natives)
  • Two aerial shots from a documentary of Skellige island (Ahch-To island) that serve as transitions between scenes
  • Some classic Star Wars scene transitions here and there
  • Background music in some scenes and scene transitions (only using the OST for The Last Jedi)

Changed:

  • The intro crawl text changed slightly to include that Snoke has been training “his apprentice Kylo Ren” and that the rebels are certain that “young Rey will find Luke Skywalker and with his help restore a spark of hope to the fight”.
  • Moved the scene where Leia tells C3PO to “whipe that nervous expression off his face” to right after the Dreadnought cannons move to point on the rebel cruiser making it a better fit
  • The first battle against the Dreadnought is much more fluid and intense now and not broken up by silly jokes
  • Leia dies in the second assault of the First Order
  • Luke has a vision of Leia floating in space after he reconnects with the force
  • Instead of throwing away the light saber, Luke gives it back to Rey and tells her that he’s sorry before walking off, making her confused expression right after, more believable.
  • Luke now seems more skilled in the fight with Rey. He doesn’t fall down, after she hits him on the head the first time but immediately turns around to stop her second strike at which point he hears Master Yoda’s voice telling him not to attack her. This results in him just dodging her hits and staying on the defensive. The one time he falls down now, he breaks his fall with the force, showing us that he could have easily beaten her if he wanted to.
  • When Poe asks Admiral Holdo, if she has a plan, it now seems like she tells him what the mission is. When they leave her alone on the cruiser and Poe leaves with the transport ships, it looks like they are working together.
  • The reveal that Rose is Paige’s sister comes much later in the last act on Crait. hen she touches the second half of the medalion as she is flying towards the large cannon, creating a better connection/contrast to the beginning of the movie. Her sister died in battle, she survives.
  • When Poe tells Finn to pull back, it now looks like he is following his order
  • Luke makes his last stand with a green light saber instead of the blue one making the reveal, that he is not really there, more surprising.
  • The movie ends with Luke surviving and looking out at the sunset, coming full circle. He looked at it as a baby in “Revenge of the Sith”, as a young man in “A New Hope” and finally as an old Jedi Master.
  • After credits scene with Chewbacca (if you watched the Anti-Cringe trailer, you’ve seen it already)
  • Color grading of the whole movie (greenish/yellow tint removed and more color vibrance)

Running Time: 110 minutes

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Cutting all of Leia after the explosion? And miss out on the Luke and Leia scene?

That’s gonna be a hard no from me.

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snooker said:

Cutting all of Leia after the explosion? And miss out on the Luke and Leia scene?

That’s gonna be a hard no from me.

It was not an easy cut believe me, but for the benefit of the rest of the edit, it had to be done.

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Same here - a shame as there are some intriguing things you have listed in your Change List - though that mocking of Rian Johnson didn’t help in your trailer, either. Feel free to disagree with him, state why, and make as much of an Edit you’d have preferred it to be with whatever footage there is etc - yet this repeated ‘no… no… no…’ mimic thing… it’s a ‘no…’ for me.

That said, there’ll no doubt be people who will like it. An you’ve obviously put some time and energy into it, whilst making some bold decisions - good luck.
 

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I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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oojason said:

Same here - a shame as there are some intriguing things you have listed in your Change List - though that mocking of Rian Johnson didn’t help in your trailer, either. Feel free to disagree with him, state why, and make as much of an Edit you’d have preferred it to be with whatever footage there is etc - yet this repeated ‘no… no… no…’ mimic thing… it’s a ‘no…’ for me.

That said, there’ll no doubt be people who will like it. An you’ve obviously put some time and energy into it, whilst making some bold decisions - good luck.
 

Thanks for the comment oojason! Rian Johnson is the reason, why I decided to make my first fan edit so yeah you can say that I strongly disagree with a lot of his decisions not only regarding STAR WARS but movie making in general, which is a shame because I liked his work on Breaking Bad.

Of course I realize my decisions for this fanedit are not gonna please everybody but nevertheless I stand by them 😉

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No worries mate. I forgot to say I love the artwork for the poster too; a great choice, and also your ‘The Anti_Cringe Cut’ text that makes it clear and concise - without impinging on the art too.

Going to have to go watch RJ’s Breaking Bad episodes again now 😃

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I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Thanks man!

Hahaha yeah, especially “Ozymandias” was a masterpiece 😃

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Still really hoping someone can eventually replace the hilt with the ROTJ one, too…

a trolling bantha

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Final Cut-List:

Cut:

  • The blonde rebel girl in the beginning saying “Oh no” as she sees the Star Destroyers popping up
  • The silly face General Hux makes while looking at his officer when Poe approaches them alone
  • Poe “phone pranking” General Hux at the beginning
  • NEW The silly face General Hux makes while looking at Poe taking out the Dreadnought service cannons
  • BB8’s Whack-A-Mole joke and bashing his head into the circuit to repair Poe’s ship cannons
  • NEW General Hux being thrown around by Snoke in front of his crew
  • Aerial shot of Rey walking up to Luke
  • Luke throwing away his light saber and Rey retrieving it later
  • Almost all Porg scenes
  • Rey explaining to Luke what Chewbacca is saying after they burst into his hut
  • Luke’s weird milking scene
  • Leia coming back from the dead after being sucked out into space
  • All of Leia’s appearances after her “death”
  • NEW Campfire scene with Chewie and the Porgs
  • NEW Close shot of Kylo’s wet hand after force call conversation with Rey
  • Admiral Holdo berating Poe
  • Poe being frustrated about Admiral Holdo’s behavior
  • Poe’s coup against Admiral Holdo
  • Maz Kanata’s silly phone call
  • Finn’s side quest on Canto Bight (and the whole Code-breaker nonsense)
  • Rose’s introduction
  • Rey nearly killing the island nuns with a rock
  • Luke falling down after Rey hits him on the head from behind.
  • NEW Luke hitting Rey after she attacks him
  • Captain Phasma
  • BB8 going on a killing spree
  • NEW Rose and Finn returning to Crait while being shot at by Tie Fighters
  • NEW Rebels setting up their base on Crait
  • NEW Weird old rebel guy walking onto the battlefield with some binoculars
  • NEW Gareth Edwards Cameo and rebel soldier putting salt in his mouth
  • NEW Rey shooting down three Tie Fighters at once on Crait
  • Finn trying to sacrifice himself in the battle on Crait and Rose “saving” him
  • Rose kissing Finn while the Rebel Base is being blown up in the background
  • NEW General Hux being thrown around by Kylo in front of his crew
  • Luke dying
  • NEW The names of the actors playing Maz Canata, Captain Phasma, Rose, and DJ where removed from beginning of the credits

Added:

  • Deleted scene where Luke is mourning Han
  • Deleted scene where the island natives are introduced
  • Deleted scene where Poe explains to Finn what happened while he was in a coma
  • Deleted scene showing Luke’s third lesson to Rey (involving the island natives)
  • Two aerial shots from a documentary of Skellige island (Ahch-To island) that serve as transitions between scenes
  • Some classic Star Wars scene transitions here and there
  • NEW New background music in some scenes and scene transitions (only using TLJ and TFA OST)
  • NEW There can be no Star Wars without a Wilhelm Scream somewhere in the movie 😉

Changed:

  • The intro crawl text changed slightly to include that Snoke has been training “his apprentice Kylo Ren” and that the rebels are certain that “young Rey will find Luke Skywalker and with his help restore a spark of hope to the fight”.
  • The first battle against the Dreadnought is much more fluid and intense now and not broken up by silly jokes
  • Moved the scene where Leia tells C3PO to “whipe that nervous expression off his face” to right after the Dreadnought cannons move to point on the rebel cruiser making it a better fit
  • NEW Although General Hux is still not the most intimidating bad guy, at least now he is spared the humiliation by his superiors in front of his fellow officers, restoring some of his dignity and the appearance of him being a respected General.
  • NEW The first time we see Luke and Rey, he is already holding the light saber in his hands, showing us that at least some time has gone by since the ending of TFA.
  • Instead of throwing away the light saber, Luke gives it back to Rey and tells her that he’s sorry before walking off, making her confused expression right after, more believable.
  • Leia dies in the second assault of the First Order
  • Luke has a vision of Leia floating in space after he reconnects with the force
  • NEW Teleportation of matter like water via force call is not possible anymore (shown when Kylo wipes his face to reveal that water from Ahch-To island was transported to him). Now it looks like he’s wiping away some sweat after his intense conversation with Rey.
  • NEW Luke now seems more skilled in the fight with Rey. He doesn’t fall down, after she hits him on the head the first time but immediately turns around to stop her second strike at which point he has a force vision of Rey tempted by the dark side and hears Master Yoda’s warning voice telling him not to attack her. This results in him just dodging her hits and staying on the defensive. The one time he falls down now, he breaks his fall with the force, showing us that he could have easily beaten her if he wanted to. This changed scene now also implies that if he had attacked her, he would have probably driven her away even more causing her to join Kylo later when he offers Rey to come to his side. Her refusal to do so has more meaning now.
  • When Poe asks Admiral Holdo, if she has a plan, it now seems like she gives in an is going to tell him what the mission is. When they leave her alone on the cruiser and Poe leaves with the transport ships, it looks like they are working together.
  • NEW To showcase that they are indeed working together there is a montage with a voice-over explaining the escape plan to Crait to Poe and the audience.
  • The reveal that Rose is Paige’s sister comes much later in the last act on Crait when she touches the second half of the medallion as she is flying towards the large cannon, creating a better connection/contrast to the beginning of the movie. Her sister died in battle, she survives.
  • NEW Now the Millennium Falcon enters the battle on Crait gracefully and with style. The first thing we see is it’s shadow and not an exaggerated triple kill shot
  • When Poe tells Finn to pull back, it now looks like he is following his order
  • Luke makes his last stand with a green light saber instead of the blue one making the reveal, that he is not really there, more surprising.
  • The movie ends with Luke surviving and looking out at the sunset, coming full circle. He looked at it as a baby in “Revenge of the Sith”, as a young man in “A New Hope” and finally as an old Jedi Master.
  • NEW When Luke stares at the sunset for the first time there was a small black dot that was removed to avoid the misconception that he is staring at something small in front of the sun
  • Color grading of the whole movie (greenish/yellow tint removed and more color vibrance)

Final Running Time: 108 minutes

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I am super interested in this cut. How can I snag it?

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I’ve seen the clips over there at the Fanedit Forums and I wanted to say how amazing this project is.

One suggestion though, I think change you did to not have Luke throwing the saber is a bit clunky.

I suggest to use the moving shot of Luke holding the lightsaber, and the reaction shot from Rey, and cutting it off from there to the wide shot of the village.

You can use a different soundtrack to help lead in the way to that wide shot.

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Would you kindly PM me the link? Thanks for your work on this! I look forward to seeing it!

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Woah this sounds amazing – can you PM me a link?

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You;ve sold me on it, can you PM me a link please?

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I would totally be interested in the link. I loved Last Jedi, but I’m very curious how this turned out

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May I have a link to this? I think I may have asked before but somehow it’s missing.

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hi, the cut sounds great, just signed up for this, please may I have the link to your cut. many thanks