Hey guys! I posted this fan edit idea to the fanedit forums earlier today but I wanted to post it here, too.
Title: Star Wars: Firestorm
Tagline: Let the past die. Cut it in post if you have to.
Keep the main story and action scenes intact. My main concern is seeing a cut of the film that gets to the point. Canto Bight and DJ might have been bad ideas in hindsight but they still happened. The story’s theme can be about failure without needing a 152 minute running time.
Less awkward dialogue (mainly Rose’s dialogue)
Fewer quips/jokes without making the film devoid of humor. There were certain jokes I liked, such as the frog nun’s cart and the leaf tickling scene, among others.
Less grumpy Luke avoiding Rey. Luke’s avoidance of Rey in the first act is unnecessary and drags the story to a halt. Luke’s introduced, talks to R2, agrees to train Rey. Boom, progress.
Better pacing on Canto Bight. This scene looks nice but goes on too long.
New ending shot with Luke. I care about Luke Skywalker. I love his final shot. I don’t care about Broom Boy or his potential spinoffs.
New title (not confusing Last Jedi with Return of the Jedi)
New opening crawl (https://brorlandi.github.io/StarWarsIntroCreator/#!/AL3j2UyRb229sORAGEzT)
Add deleted scenes based on relevance, humor, and/or quality (Rose/Paige sister moment, Luke lesson #3, Snoke backstory if available, etc.)
Remove Hux/Poe prank call
Remove BB-8 Whack-a-mole
Remove Luke saber toss, introduce him with Falcon cockpit scene (depends on deleted scenes on blu-ray)
Remove alien milking scene/spearfishing, get to training after R2 “Help Me Obi-Wan” scene
Less awkward dialogue, particularly from Rose (talking too much, now it’s worth it, save who we love, and middle school kiss)
Less social/political commentary (again, less Rose)
Less Holdo scolding (we get it, she’s suspicious, Poe oks Canto Bight plan)
Keep Maz Kanata Battlefront scene but put some Battlefront/Force Unleashed music in the background
Get to the point on Canto Bight (parking >casino intro > prison > DJ >escape > Snoke’s Star Destroyer)
Remove long panning shot of Space Leia (keep the gist of the scene but cut as her hand touches the glass to avoid space pressure plot hole and then go to footage of stretcher) The silliness of the effect is the most laughable part, the idea still works
Trim porg scenes, keep them if they’re in the middle of a scene to preserve music
Include Luke force lesson #3 depending on deleted scene quality and content
Remove “put on a cowl” (?)
Remove Snoke’s “she’s got spunk!” line
Remove “parents were drunks” Kylo Ren speech, keep real parentage mystery for Episode IX
Trim Dark Side Cave scene, maybe remove finger snapping, cut before the mirror reveals her face so parents are a mystery
Remove Phasma’s Bond villain moment
Remove BB-8 AT-ST scene (?), depends on how Finn and Rose escape SSD.
Color-correct Yoda so his Force ghost is light blue, partially transparent
Keep Finn sacrifice but Rose saves him right after Poe tells him to stop, Rose immediately falls unconscious after smiling and without saying anything
Remove Finn dragging Rose’s body on sled (?)
Keep jokes including frog nuns, leaf tickling, steam iron (my personal preference)
Final scene is Luke looking at Binary Sunset (A New Hope credits song from Revenge of the Sith plays), Luke fades away, iris fade to credits.