I watched this having not seen TLJ since the theater, and I thought the movie was pretty seamless. I had forgotten some of it since then and only now remember things like the iron joke. I would have made a few more cuts like Hux repeating Kylo’s orders at the end, because he’s no longer the butt of a bunch of jokes, and things like the “reach out” joke and the Jakku being nowhere joke, only because I don’t care for the type of humor that breaks the flow of a scene. The same reason why my least favorite gag in TFA is Poe’s “Who talks first” scene, but the prank call actually worked quite well in this edit and is now a nice callback to that first joke in TFA, regardless of how I feel about that type of humor.
And speaking of TFA, I watched this after Hal’s TFA edit, which I had never seen and hadn’t seen TFA since sometime before Rogue One, and I honestly had a blast with both because I managed to rekindle the same excitement I had before all this current BS going on. I wasn’t a fan of TLJ, but I liked it a lot more this time through.
I think Rose’s kiss doesn’t work in this version, but I didn’t think it worked in the original either. Also not a fan of Broom Boy, but I like the idea behind it. I wouldn’t have minded if the movie had ended with the Falcon going to lightspeed.
Again, I would have made some more tweaks, but it would probably only total to less than 60 seconds. I still don’t love the film, but I liked it this time, which is more than I can say about the theatrical version. Everything related to the resistance plot feels unnatural and just an excuse for drama, in my opinion (glad others like the movie, though!), and Canto Bight being cut just felt like another part of that weak plot, except this time I was spared a long sequence further derailing the pace and themes of the film. I honestly didn’t notice anything jarring.
Thanks for making both of these edits! It was nice to kick back and enjoy some SW stuff again. 😃