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The Last Jedi - Clean cut edition

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This was a personal project but I will share if anyone is interested. I’ve edited The Last Jedi into what I consider a tolerable version, edited down to the basics and void of all cringe. The goal was to shave it down to the basics and make it more “Luke” focused and play out more like an OT style story. I really wanted to change the way we see this movie as drastically as possible while still maintaining continuity (with the exception of Rey’s new first encounter with Luke). I also really disliked the “red everything” marketing campaign, so this new movie poster is meant to change the overall tone.

Lots of changes and tolerable runtime! 😃

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Change list:

  • Cut Poe ‘prank call’ with Hux at the beginning

  • Cut Finn/Rose side arc altogether

  • Added Finn and Poe deleted scene

  • Finn asks where Rey is and then we cut to the ending scene for TFA of Rey in hyperspace in the falcon and then her arrival on Ach-too - she then climbs the steps to the huts and knocks on the door of Luke’s hut after he slams the door. (this edit works perfectly with versions of TFA that cut out the ending Luke scene.(in this edit, Luke was never in his Jedi robes peering out over the sea - nor did Rey ever hand him the saber)

  • Chewy breaks in the door and Luke’s “how did you find me?” works perfectly here

  • Made Luke’s "Wait. Where’s Han?"line more dramatic with music cue and fade - cut to Rey telling Luke about Kylo Ren

  • Cut Poe/Holdo “fuel” arc

  • V1- Cut Leia being blown into space and “superman” scene. Thus the last we see of the Resistance until evacuating the small ships and Holdo sacrificing herself, is after Kylo decides NOT to shoot and neither do the tie fighters (in this version). This leaves Finn/Rose with the resistance for the whole movie.

  • V2- Inserted Ryan Glossemeyer’s “Luke saves Leia” scene. I think this was really well done and a powerful scene. Great way to give us more Luke and highlight the fact that he only uses the Force to save people at this point in his life. Luke saves Leia when she’s blasted into space… she comes back to the ship (with Luke’s help) and drops her homing beacon when placed on the strectcher - then cut to Rey’s homing beacon and Rey sleeping… works particularly well.
    https://vimeo.com/265892212

  • Cut DJ and Phasma side stories completely - these characters aren’t in this version of the movie

  • Added “Luke mourning Han” deleted scene

  • Cut Ach-Too caretakers altogether

  • Altered Luke and Rey’s dialogue inside the Force tree - no more awkward 'no one is from nowhere" exchange

  • Cut Luke/Rey joke bout “reaching out” and slapping on the hand

  • Cut Finn’s “they hate that ship” in the Crait battle

  • Cut Holdo/Leia awkward “may the force be with you” and just let Holdo say it.

  • Cut Snoke laying on the floor

  • Cut Finn trying to crash into the battering ram and Rose saving him

  • Zoom/scale the explosion to crop Rose and Finn out when the battering ram blasts the giant door open

  • Removed broom boy and slave children ending

  • Removed Finn/Rose at the end

  • Removed Poe/Rey meeting

  • Luke doesn’t fade away - he is last seen on his “meditation rock” looking at the sunset and then we see the island from a distance and the sun goes down behind it (interpret it as you wish)

  • Altered Rey’s conversation with Leia to omit “Luke is gone”

  • New iris transition to end movie with falcon scene

Runtime: 1hr 35min

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Doesn’t sound like there’ll be much movie left after you’ve finished with it 😉

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Yeah, I’m curious - what is your final runtime?

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I’d be interested in a pm as well!

Very curious how the climactic scene of Holdo’s attack works without the execution scene.

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It works so well that I wonder if that was the original idea for those scenes! Great job 😃

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ForceGhostRecon said:

I’ve created a V2 with the ‘Luke saves Leia’ scene inserted. See updated change list.

https://vimeo.com/265892212

Really impressively put together, man - quality work 😃


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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I watched this last night and I was really impressed. I got a sense of the movie better and in a strange way I think I see the vision that Rian Johnson was going for. It opened me to some of the themes that were going on, that were always present but this enhanced them and put them better in the foreground. I am impressed with this edit. It is very close to how I might do it, very close. Well done!

The two snippets I might want to remove are really just trims of scenes you already trimmed. The plug a hole and a new leak crops up BB8 scene and then the fonz, hit it with BB8’s head to fix it. Just have him go down and be competent by fixing it right away. The other was the puppy dog eyes of the porg. Maybe, Chewie gets it with the four birds scene and no need to draw that out with multiple shots of the porg puppy dog eyes.

Oh and I thought of two more, overall Hux as a character is saved in this. There were two scenes though that I personally find jarring still in there. The one where Snoke from across the galaxy smashes Hux’s face on the ground. This has got to be humiliating for the leader of all the troops, at least Vader gave his men dignified deaths (and there was not galactic distances at work there). The other one is where Hux repeats the orders of Kylo in the floating shuttle. It is obnoxious. I realize you cut other instances of this and this is the remaining one, but I might be inclined to let that one go too.

This edit, while amazing, does not tackle the two big issues, from a star wars universe angle. The tracking system to track any ship through hyperspace and the hyperspace a ship into another ship. Since there is no canto bite in this, you may be able to edit scenes in such a way where the assumption that the First Order is tracking the cloaked hyper beacon (or whatever finn called it). This would mean that Leia had the bracelet to allow Rey to track back to the resistance fleet and the First Order was also using it to track the resistance fleet. When Chewie hyperspaced, then dropped Rey off in the coffin ship/pod at the First Order fleet, and then hyperspaced away, they did not use the tracking beacon to get there… It is not internally consistent…

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The Luke saving Leia scene is really well edited for the most part. I’m not a huge fan of the bombastic trailer music that was inserted toward the end of the scene though. Something more subtle would serve much better, I think.

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BleuAsh said:

I watched this last night and I was really impressed. I got a sense of the movie better and in a strange way I think I see the vision that Rian Johnson was going for. It opened me to some of the themes that were going on, that were always present but this enhanced them and put them better in the foreground. I am impressed with this edit. It is very close to how I might do it, very close. Well done!

The two snippets I might want to remove are really just trims of scenes you already trimmed. The plug a hole and a new leak crops up BB8 scene and then the fonz, hit it with BB8’s head to fix it. Just have him go down and be competent by fixing it right away. The other was the puppy dog eyes of the porg. Maybe, Chewie gets it with the four birds scene and no need to draw that out with multiple shots of the porg puppy dog eyes.

Oh and I thought of two more, overall Hux as a character is saved in this. There were two scenes though that I personally find jarring still in there. The one where Snoke from across the galaxy smashes Hux’s face on the ground. This has got to be humiliating for the leader of all the troops, at least Vader gave his men dignified deaths (and there was not galactic distances at work there). The other one is where Hux repeats the orders of Kylo in the floating shuttle. It is obnoxious. I realize you cut other instances of this and this is the remaining one, but I might be inclined to let that one go too.

This edit, while amazing, does not tackle the two big issues, from a star wars universe angle. The tracking system to track any ship through hyperspace and the hyperspace a ship into another ship. Since there is no canto bite in this, you may be able to edit scenes in such a way where the assumption that the First Order is tracking the cloaked hyper beacon (or whatever finn called it). This would mean that Leia had the bracelet to allow Rey to track back to the resistance fleet and the First Order was also using it to track the resistance fleet. When Chewie hyperspaced, then dropped Rey off in the coffin ship/pod at the First Order fleet, and then hyperspaced away, they did not use the tracking beacon to get there… It is not internally consistent…

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback - PM me if you’d like a link for V2! Glad you enjoyed it!

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pleasehello said:

The Luke saving Leia scene is really well edited for the most part. I’m not a huge fan of the bombastic trailer music that was inserted toward the end of the scene though. Something more subtle would serve much better, I think.

I would have to agree with this as well. If there was a way to use some other music from the TLJ soundtrack, this scene would fit in a bit better.

That being said, I would also like a link to this edit.

Thanx

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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Great poster and very intriguing ideas here. LOVE the clip of Luke saving Leia and although I agree with the guys about the bombastic music, it’s such an improvement I could live with that version. I’d be very interested in a pm if that’s possible good sir! Fantastic work