Main Goals of the Edit:
- Improve the pacing of the movie. Give more focus to the Rey/Luke material.
- Cut down any humor that undercuts a scene or feels out of place.
- New Music for a few of the key sequences in the film to give further emotional weight.
- New Color grade for warmer colors and natural skin tones.
Versions of This Edit:
- Standard Edition (Same as cutlist. Nothing more. Nothing less.)
- Time Passage Edition (The ending of the Force Awakens is in The Last Jedi. New opening crawl below implies passage of time.)
- Skywalker Lives Edition (Luke Skywalker survives. We end the movie with him staring at the binary sunsets in this version.)
I am rescoring two scenes in the movie and if you are not a fan of the replaced music, there will be a secondary audio track without the rescores.
Below is a rough draft of the crawl.
—It is a time of peril. The warring factions of the Resistance and the First Order have dealt cripplingly blows to one another.
Meanwhile, Rey continues her journey to find Skywalker, certain he can restore a spark of hope to the fight.
But the First Order has at last found the Resistance. As their forces speed to the base, General Leia mounts a desperate escape…—
Detailed Cut List:
-Color Correction over entire film by Dr. Dre. For warmer colors and natural skintones.
-Retro Fox Fanfare Used
-Replaced crawl music with more bombastic version.
-Removed entire opening joke with Poe and Hux. Goes from Poe telling himself “happy beeps” to him pushing a button and then his ship boosting forward.
-Cut Hux’s dumbfounded face when Poe begins taking out the cannons.
-Cut Leia telling 3PO to “get that nervous expression” off his face.
-Trimmed down whack-a-mole joke with BB-8.
-Luke now drops the saber instead of tossing it.
-Cut Luke saying “Go Away”. Sounds childish.
-Cut Luke and blue milk creature.
-Cut Leia slapping Poe.
-Cut Poe saying “We need to get away from those Star Destroyers.”
-Trimmed the end of the bridge explosion so that Leia does not fly out into space.
-Cut Leia space walking scene.
-Cut entire sequence with Chewie and Porgs at the campfire.
-Cut the “doing talking” joke from Rose.
-Cut the “may the force be with you” joke from Finn to Rose.
-Trim conversation when Finn and Rose meet.
-Cut the second time Rose says “They can track us through lightspeed!?”
-Cut Finn’s saying “I can’t feel my teeth, what did you shoot me with?”
-Cut the sexual joke, “Oh yes, he can” from the Maz call.
-Cut Caretakers after the first force facetime.
-Cut Luke tickling Rey with leaf during “reach out” scene.
-Cut Chewie raging at porgs messing with Falcon.
-Cut Porgs nesting themselves in the Falcon.
-Cut Rose talking about how Canto Bight is a terrible city.
-We jump straight from the establishing shots of the Casino activity, to Rose/Finn finding the man with the lapel.
-Cut rock falling on Caretaker cart after Rey slices it in half.
-Cut Rey telling Kylo to put a cowl on.
-Cut voiceover in the cave. Begin the VO when Rey says “I’ve never felt so alone.”
-Yoda scene is now moved towards later in the film right before we see Crait.
-Cut the joke of Finn saying “Look at us”.
-Cut DJ saying “blip-boppity-boop”.
-Cut ironing gag.
-Cut Rose/Finn/DJ in clothing room.
-Cut trash bin being put on BB-8.
-Cut BB-8 tripping storm trooper.
-Cut evil BB unit scanning them. Evil BB-8 is gone in this edit.
-Cut Rose getting medallion back and them arriving at the door.
-Cut evil BB unit looking at BB-8.
-Cut the cringeworthy “May the force be with you” exchange between Holdo and Leia.
-Cut close up of lightsaber turning next to Snoke to tone down the foreshadowing.
-Put “Duel of the Fates” over the throne room guard fight.
-Put second half of “Anakin’s Dark Deeds” over the scene of Kylo pleading Rey to join him.
-Cut entire Phasma fight.
-Cut silly close up of Snoke’s dead face.
-Yoda Scene now comes after the scene of Kylo declaring himself the Emperor.
-Cut Rose telling Finn to stabilize his speeder.
-Cut joke of Poe’s foot falling through the speeder.
-Cut us seeing Rose’s medallion. She doesn’t get it back in this version.
-Cut Porg screaming in Falcon cockpit.
-Cut Porg’s flying around in Falcon when it is being chased by TIE fighters.
-Cut Rose saying “Now that’s a big gun”.
-Cut joke of Hux repeating Kylo’s orders.
-Finn now gets blown out of the way by an AT-AT last second before he reaches the cannon. Rose no longer swoops in and nearly kills her friend.
-Cut the shoulder swipe from Luke. Kills the tension of the moment.
-Cut the “right away sir” joke.
-Cut Luke’s odd looking snarl at Kylo during their fight.
-Cut out both slow motion moments in the Luke/Kylo fight.
-Cut shot of books on Falcon.
-Cut Finn tending to Rose on the Falcon.
-Cut to credits on Falcon, not with Broom boy.
-Last piece in end credits is now Yoda’s theme.
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